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5 Innovative Mexican Viticultural Projects

5 Innovative Mexican Viticultural Projects

Constanza Gorey

There are two things that few citizens of the world know about Mexico: First, in Mexico, wine is made and second, its very good! It is always a good time to enjoy an unforgettable trip to the Mexican lands with its aphrodisiac beaches and delicious food but have you considered its wine? When planning your next trip to Mexico, consider exploring these five impressive wine projects and experience firsthand, the delicious wine the country has to offer! #TomaVinoMexicano 

HILO NEGRO, Baja California 

A project, born in the center of Mexico, that began due to the passion for wine of a group of enophile friends. Its vineyards and winery are located in the heart of Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California. The design of the cellar, unlike most, is a vertical structure in order to damage the musts as little as possible, with the help of gravity. With just four years in the market, they already have a Gold medal from the Brussels World Contest. They will present their new wines at their Texturas del Hilo Negro event on August 19; good time to travel to the harvests of Ensenada!

Carr Francisco Zarco – El Tigre, Km 11, Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada, Baja California.

CUNA DE TIERRA, Guanajuato 

This winery stands out as one of the first major projects on the Guanajuato wine route. The winery was awarded in 2014 ‘The Best Industrial Project’ in the Architecture Biennial of Mexico City, and in the same year was selected as an icon of Mexican Design by the Architectural Digest magazine. In addition, two of their labels won the Silver Medal at the World Cup in Brussels in 2017. I recommend you to participate in the sensory rally, an exclusive wine tastings and pairing of local and artisanal gourmet products.

Carretera Dolores Hidalgo-San Luis de la Paz km 11, Rancho El Rosillo, Guanajuato.

PINESQUE, Chihuahua

With 7 international medals in their possession, Pinesque earns a place in my Top 5 for being wine pioneers in this State. Its history goes back to the early 90’s at the hand of an Italian immigrant, who approach wine in an artisanal way. Today, despite being a large and established company, their wines maintain an artisanal and natural character. They are minimal interventionist who do not add chemicals or preservatives. They offer guided tours and wine tastings.

C. Highway 1301, Fracc. Campestre del Bosque, Chihuahua.

DECANTOS: THE GRAVITY OF WINE, Baja California

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With it’s spectacular winery, this project makes my top 5 because of it’s innovate concept. As its name says, Alonso Granados winemaker and owner, plays with gravity: he designed his own machinery and built the winery around the winemaking processes; his goal: that the grapes, musts or juices are never touched by an electric pump.

Located on the Baja California wine route, Decantos offers guided tours, tastings and courses for all levels. In July they will celebrate their third anniversary at the Evento de la Bota.

Rancho San Miguel, Ejido El Porvenir, Ensenada, Baja California.

TIERRA ADENTRO, Zacatecas

Tierra Adentro is in my Top 5 for being brave enough to venture into the world of wine in a region that years ago lacked attention; today they have 4 medals in international high-end competitions. Campo Real Vinícola is located on the Camino Real de Zacatecas or Camino de la Plata, cataloged by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Within its facilities is the Museum of the Barrels, unique in its kind, this museum exposes in the barrels the works of Zacatecan artists such as Manuel Felguérez among others.

Carretera Ojocaliente, Trancoso, Zacatecas