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Mexico may be better known for its beer and tequila, but it is also home to the oldest wine industry in the Americas. In fact, there are several wine-producing regions in the country, with excellent vineyards in the states of Guanajuato, Querétaro and Coahuila. Yet the undoubted epicenter of Mexico’s wine country is found on the peninsula of Baja California, where multiple vineyards, wine museums and tasting rooms compete for supremacy. Here’s our rundown of Mexico’s most incredible wines.
Founded by an Italian family who arrived in the Guadalupe Valley during the Prohibition Era, LA Cetto produces about half of all of Mexico’s wine, selling more than a million cases a year. The family now owns more than 600-hectares of vines in the Valle de Guadalupe and 500-hectares in the cooler Valle de San Vicente to the south. LA Cetto’s Nebbiolo, a warm red with a slightly smoky finish, is a real favorite.
Having worked as a winemaker at LA Cetto for years, in 2013 Camillo Magoni opened his own winery, Casa Magoni. Situated at the entrance to the Guadalupe Valley, the vineyard produces a very popular and affordable Cabernet Sauvignon.
Just 15 minutes from the Pacific Ocean, La Lomita winery was founded in 2009 and currently produces eight distinct labels including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. All the wines are produced from grapes grown and processed entirely on the property. The most celebrated wine offered at La Lomita is a vintage Grenache called Pagano. A bold, minty wine, with hints of blueberry and strawberry, a glass of Pagano truly envelops the senses.