California showcases Mexico’s penchant for wine

On September 27, 2012 by MexicoToday

Mexico is well-renowned for producing top tequila, but is also the oldest wine-growing region in America – having produced wine since the sixteenth century when Spanish expatriates arrived to the country with vine clippings from Europe – immigrants from other European countries, such as Italy and Russia, later arrived and began planting vine in the Guadalupe Valley in Baja California.

Producing wine is engrained in Mexico’s culture and history; today 90 per cent of the country’s wine comes from the Ensenada region of Baja California in northwest Mexico. Its Mediterranean climate makes it ideal for producing the libation. Baja California’s wine is rarely exported, meaning it is often only those who venture to the region who are afforded the opportunity to sample it. Some of the popular varieties that can be found include Chenin Blanc, Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Malbec and Barbera.

Some of Baja’s top wineries include Adobe Guadalupe, Casa Madero and Casa Pedro Domecq. The state of Baja offers a wealth of experiences aside from wine tastings such as guided tours, markets, boutique hotels, gourmet restaurants and local museums. However despite the range of sights and activities on offer – and the fabulous wine available – it is the indigenous communities, with their gracious hospitality, which best represent this culturally rich wine destination.

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