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Mexico’s Visitor Friendly Wine Country: An Update

on 08/03/11 at 8:50 am


The good life continues in Mexico’s Guadalupe Valley with mild winter weather, abundant rain and exciting new wine releases. Despite the global economic turndown the Mexican wine industry continues to emerge and move forward. New vineyards are appearing throughout the Baja California valley, new wineries are being built, and wine lovers continue to explore the local wine culture.

Visitor numbers are higher than the 2009 season, but the international tourist levels are down. In other words, Mexicans are embracing Mexico’s silent revolution in creating world class wine as they slowly move from a beer and tequila drinking culture towards more wine consumption. And, the timing is perfect as the quality of Baja California wines is rapidly improving.

Several local wineries are producing high quality wines which seem to get better with each vintage. Malagon, Fuentes. Vinisterra, Tres Valles, Liceaga, and Roganto are among the better producers these days. Malagon winery or Viñedos Malagon has released two new red table wine blends, both priced under US$15.00, thus becoming very popular with savvy wine drinkers who are seeking bargains in these slow economic times. Vinos Fuentes continues to offer FREE wine tasting with a diverse selection of ten red wines. Their newest release, 2006 Oporto, is a delightful dessert wine priced under US$20. Their tasting room has evolved into one of the most user-friendly operations in the valley, offering samples of many regional gourmet delights that compliment their wine and the visitor experience.

{Full story by Steve Dryden}

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