Inspired by our recent visit to Xcaret’s 1st Mexican Wine Festival in the Riviera Maya, we decided to dive more into the viticulture of our country and share with you what we learned during the festival as well some other facts you might find interesting.
10 Facts you didn’t know about Mexican wine
1. Mexico is the oldest wine-growing region in the Americas (450 years).
2. There are three major wine producing areas in Mexico, with Baja California producing 90% of Mexico’s wine in the Valle de Guadalupe, the “Napa Valley” of the Mexican wine industry.
3. Mexico is not a wine-drinking country, but interest in Mexican wine has grown along with Mexican wines’ reputation throughout the world.
4. Casa Madero is the oldest winery in the Americas. It was founded in 1597 by Lorenzo Garcia in the town of Santa Maria de las Parras in the state of Coahuila.
5. Valle de Guadalupe—in Baja California—is one of the few in the world, along with others such as the Napa Valley and the Rhone Valley, in which premium wine grapes can be grown.
6. Average wine consumption per capita in Mexico is only two glasses a year.
7. Wine making in Mexico begin with the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th Century, when Spaniards brought vines from Europe to modern day Mexico.
8. Legend says that Hernan Cortes and his men exhausted their wine supply in celebrating the conquest of the Aztecs, so he ordered the new colonists to plant 1000 grapevines for every 100 natives in their service.
9. The grapes from Spain did so well in the New World that it threatened Spain’s wine exports, prompting Phillip II to prohibit the production of wine in New Spain with the exception of wine for church purposes.
10. Wine production and consumption in Mexico has been on the rise in both quantity and quality since the 1980s despite competition from foreign wines and a 40% tax on the product.