Mexico is the oldest wine producer in America. Mexican wine began with the arrival of the Spaniards in the 16th century, when they brought winemaking from Europe. However, by the mid-17th century the Spanish crown determined that the vineyards were doing too well and fearful of New World competition banned commercial Mexican wineries. It was after Independence, when wine making for personal purposes was no longer prohibited and production rose, especially in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Nowadays, nearly 2,500 ha are planted to grapes in Mexico. Mexico manufactures more than 300 labels, and Mexican wine producers have won several international medals for their products, e.g. Casa Piedra, Casa Madero, Chateau Camou, LA Cetto and Monte Xanic.
The Baja California area producing 90% of Mexico’s wine is also popular for the “Ruta del Vino” (Wine Route) and the annual Vendimia harvest festival. Another major wine producing area is the Center region; here wine houses sponsor an annual cheese and wine festival called the Feria Nacional del Queso y de Vino in Tequisquiapan, Querétaro. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste Mexico’s exquisite wines.
“Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues.” Goethe