Mexico’s wine industry is the oldest in North America and perhaps the least talked about, as it’s overshadowed by nearby Napa Valley. In fact, there are several regions across the country that produce top quality wine (and brandy) and numerous vineyards that will help unleash your inner oenophile. Here are the top eight.
Moving north to the Parras region of Coahuila, you will find one of the biggest and best wine-producing areas in Mexico. Here you can even visit the oldest winery in the Americas too – Casa Madero, founded in 1597 – and taste its selection of wines which run the gamut from reds like Shiraz and Malbec to whites such as Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. This spectacular vineyard also has fully certified organic status and a quaint hacienda if you want to stay overnight.
Casa Madero, Santa María de las Parras, Coahuila, México +52 842 422 0111
The best-known vineyard in Querétaro is easily Finca Sala Vivé, which is perhaps more commonly referred to simply as Freixenet in reference to the wine brand produced there. As part of the Wine and Cheese route of the region – and situated just outside popular pueblo mágico Tequisquiapan – it’s not exactly a hidden gem, but it is a well-organised and scenic spot that offers both tours of the grounds and the option to dine in the winery.
Our first vineyard option in Baja California – the most famous of all Mexico’s wine producing regions – is Finca La Carrodilla in the popular Valle de Guadalupe. Known for making artisanal and certified organic wines, it’s also dedicated to sustainability in every step of its operations, from recycling water to the use of solar panels. Small but perfectly formed, Finca La Carrodilla would make a great spot for a romantic day out or dinner and drinks with friends.
Querétaro’s second best vineyard, La Redonda, could actually make for the ideal option if you prefer a more intimate experience. For 365 days a year, they’re open for you to enjoy the scenic views, Mediterranean-style climate and delicious wines (we have it on good authority that their rosé is exquisite, although they also produce several reds, whites and blends). Having been going strong for almost 40 years, La Redonda shows no sign of slowing down any time soon either.
Finally, we move back to the temperate slopes of Ensenada and the Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California with Decantos Vinícola and its impressive installations. Spread over 50 acres, this vineyard is a masterpiece of contemporary design and will please wine and architecture fans alike due to its flavoursome grapes and full-length glass walls. In fact, in a move that sets it apart from many other wineries, Decantos Vinícola uses natural rather than mechanical processes to produce its wines.