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Snooth User: Bill Hershey

Bill & Sandy Hershey, expats living in Mexico (Chapala) . Cancer Survivor (so far)

Posted by Bill Hershey, Dec 28, 2010.

We would like to find some good wine that is from Mexico. Can anybody help ??

Thx and God Bless.


Reply by Flying 44, Dec 28, 2010.


Unfortunately, Mexico isn't a major wine producer as Mexicans prefer to drink beer or tequila. However, there are some good to very good wineries in the area between Tijuana and Ensanada, Baja California that produce some decent red wines. Some of these wines may be available in Chapala. The best known one is L.A. Cetto, which produces a variety of reds, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and if my memory serves me right, a Zinfandel  and even a Pinot Noir. L.A. Cetto exports all over North America, so that might be the best bet for you. Other B.C. wineries worthy of notice is the Santo Tomas Bodega, the Domecq winery (which also makes brandy) and the Casa de Piedra. I don't know if these wineries export to other parts of Mexico. Good luck on your wine hunting...

Reply by GregT, Dec 28, 2010.

Hi Bill and good luck to you!

You might have a better chance if you drop the modifier - there's wine in Mexico sure enough, but "good" wine?  I guess if you ask James Suckling, formerly with WS, it's a hotbed of great Nebbiolo.  Hotbed yes, great Nebbiolo maybe not yet.

More seriously, there's some acceptable wine done there, as mentioned above.  And a few Napa vinters have come in, mostly to the Baja region where they have found vineyards that were planted at high elevations, and there are people who've been around for a while.  Bodegas Santo Tomas for example, has been around since the late 1800s.  They've recently hooked up with Wente from CA and together they're making a wine called Duetto, or at least they were at one point.

Turley, from CA and known for big ripe zinfandel, makes a zin from Rancho Escondido, near Tecate. It's a great story how they found it and it's worth trying the wine IMO.  Those might be the most interesting I've had and/or heard of.  I think Cetto may actually own that vineyard Turley is working with.  Cetto makes a few varietal wines, most are OK, more curiosities, but not offensive.


Reply by napagirl68, Dec 28, 2010.

Hi there, and welcome to Snooth!!!

I, personally, have not had any wine from Mexico.  Being native Californian, I find much to drink just north of you :-)

However, I did want to mention that I remember reading about a pretty successful winery in Mexico in Sunset Magazine... I just did a search and found it: 

I have not tasted their wine, so I can, in no way, rate it.  But it may be worth a try if you can get there...  Looks like a nice place to visit from the website...

Reply by Bill Hershey, Dec 29, 2010.

Hey, Hey, Hey, Amigos ! What great info and knowledgeable people. I will look into every response with mucho gusto. If I know what to look for it makes it so much easier because I did lose my vocal chords. But, on the bright side, my sense of taste came back so I can enjoy the wines and food. All Love, Bill Hershey

Reply by Eva112403, Dec 30, 2010.

hi bill i recomend you to go to Monte Xanic , is a really good winery in mexico. For me is one of the best.

Reply by Bill Hershey, Dec 30, 2010.

Dear Eva, first, thank you for the response. Do you happen to know where it is, as my mobility is somewhat limited. Perhaps a city or town or even the state. I live 25 miles south of Guadalajara, which is the second largest city in Mexico. However, I am also 1300 miles south of the Texas border. God Bless.

Reply by Fernando Reyna, Dec 31, 2010.

Hi Amigos Bill & Sandy, I'm relatively new to this marvelous wine world, so please give this opinion the appropiate weigth (not a high score but I would say also not the lowest one:  after all I'm mexican and you are looking for mexican wines !).  As Flying44 said Mexico's production is low, but that isn't equivalent to "not good":  there are some highly renowned mexican small or medium size wineries.  As a rule of thumb I'd recommend the Valle de Guadalupe's and Valle de Parras' wineries.  Two of them are mentioned above:  Adobe Guadalupe and Santo Tomás  Let me add a couple more:  Vinos Santa Ursula and Casa Madero  Some wines from these wineries have been internationally awarded.  The ones that I have tasted (in my opinion are good) are Casa Madero Cabernet Sauvignon (about US$18), Santo Tomas Colombard 2007 (equilibrated, very nice acidity & sweet finish) and Santo Tomás Calviñé (Sparkling white, Chardonnay 2007, nice!).  I have not yet tasted any Adobe Guadalupe's nor Santa Ursula's but I'm looking to do so soon (I've heard around some nice opinions about them).  Unfortunately I can't tell you where to buy in Chapala or Guadalajara but If I were you I would start my search at WalMart (WalMarts are everywhere around !).  You will almost surely find Casa Madero Cabernet there as well as some L.A. Cetto's (I've tasted the cheap ones Petite Sirah 2008 and Marqués del Valle 2009 (Cabernet Sauvignon / Malbec)).  They are both worth their price (only MX$60).  Of course don't expect too much from a $60 wine.

Please let me know your experience on all the mexican wines you find in your way.  If you have the chance to taste the ones I mentioned above I would like to read your opinion.  Hasta luego !

Reply by Fernando Gzz, Feb 25, 2011.

Valle de Guadalupe , awsome plase to get a vacation

I can't wait for my next wine tasting trip to winecountry, i will stay at

Reply by Degrandcru, Feb 25, 2011.

"Mexicans prefer to drink beer and Tequila..." Only somewhat true..  you have to consider that many Mexicans (especially middle and upper class) are of Spanish heritage and still live Spanish traditions. In Mexico City (and other bigger cities like Guadalajara) a lot of wine is consumed (at least at the more expensive restaurants) and you see a lot of people having wine with their late lunch (similar to Spain) or dinner.

Until a few years ago it was mostly Spanish wines that were consumed, but lately there is a big boom of Mexican wine. The quality is quite amazing, but so are unfortunately the prices. Quality mexican wine with some rare exceptions is quite expensive. The reason ist mostly in the size of the wineries, most are small boutique wineries with limited production.

Here some examples to try (doubt that they are available in the US):

- Everything from Adobe as Napagirl already stated, but wines start at US$ 50 a bottle retail (all their wines carry the name of saints like Gabriel, Serafiel...). They are all blends and show the blands on the label.

- Santo Tomas Cabernet Sauvignon

- Santo Tomas Único (Cab-Merlot blend), excellent

- L.A. Cetto Nebbiolo - for about $15 an incredible value and one of my favourite everyday wines

- Barón Balché - Reserva Especial or everything from their Premium line

I will go through my notes for a more detailed and extense list.

Bill, as you live in Mexico look in any bookstore for the "Mexican Wine Guide" by Arturo Bodenstedt. Its a small book giving an overview on almost all mexican wineries and a rating on most mexican wines (I would not agree to all his ratings, but its a good start). Its published yearly and it is a great help to get started with Mexican wines. Even though it has an English title the book itself is in Spanish.

I live in Mexico City but am in Guadalajara quite frequently. Drop me a note if you have questions.



Reply by Steven Chevo Moralez, Oct 13, 2013.

well I have a Mexican brandy from 1890 its very smooth, I only had a sip, don't know if its common, I don't know much about brandy

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