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Surprise! Mexico Is Moving Up In The Wine World

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In addition to recent surges in China’s wine culture, another unexpected country is grappling for some of the winelight: Mexico. Here are the vineyards to learn about if you want to start exploring Mexican wine.

While Chilean wine has been popular for a long time, Mexico hopes to be the next country in the Americas to produce good wine and with a similar climate to California, the idea isn’t that far fetched. Mexico has produced wine since at least the mid-1500’s but is just now starting to make itself known on the world stage. While reds are currently the star of the show, Mexico hopes to produce stellar whites as well with many vineyards growing the grapes and dabbling in the development of whites that will be more acceptable to the experts.

Currently, Mexico’s most known wine producing region is Valle De Guadalupe, in Baja California. There are a multitude of vineyards to visit and the local growers put on a festival in Ensenada each year. The Grape Harvest Fiesta allows people from all over the world to experience a weekend of wine and cultural-related events and in the next few years, as the Mexican wine industry continues to grow, will most likely become an even bigger event. The three day festival includes tastings, tours, music and food.

Interestingly, there is a small Russian population in Valle De Guadalupe that is active in the wine of the region – bringing a different experience and wine history into the industry.

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