Wine and Wine-Pairing in Mexico
Usually, when we think about wine and wine-pairing, our mind travels almost instantly to the French countryside, to Italian restaurants where they serve the most delicious pasta and to the royal landscapes of Spain, in which this beverage that comes from the vine is considered not as a product with alcoholic content, but as a dietary supplement. Yet, DINKtravelers have also traveled to other destinations that are also renowned winemakers. Thus, we’ve visited the United States, with its vineyards in California; Australia, and Latin American countries such as Argentina and Chile. All of them have offered us countless glasses of happiness and unique pleasures, but today we want to dedicate a special visit to the country that’s considered Latin America’s most ancient winegrower: Mexico.
Vineyards in Mexico
Whilst everyone knows that some of the typical Mexican beverages include tequila, pulque and mezcal, only a few people have ventured into the crimson and golden elixirs that are produced in the more than 4,000 acres of vineyards that are found in this country. Of course, in Spain there are 950,541 cultivated acres according to the International Organization of Vine and Wine, but the growing Mexican winemaking industry is not lagging behind because every bottle that’s produced in this country makes evident the quality, dedication and love for the land that characterizes Mexico’s inhabitants.
When you visit this destination you’ll be surprised by the natural wealth that can be found in each of its states. From deserts to jungles, from white beaches to green grasslands with deep black soil, Mexico is a colorful country in which agriculture has found a true paradise. For this reason, we recommend following the touristic route along the wine stripe that covers almost all the Mexican Republic.
Begin your journey in Baja California, in the northern part of the country, where you’ll find 80% of the nation’s wine production and where you’ll get the chance to visit, apart from the vineyards, beautiful beaches in which there are yearly whale sightings. Then, go to Sonora, famous for El Pinacate Biosphere Reserve; and after that continue your trip to Coahuila, where you can practice extreme sports and find landscape routes that are ideal for photography lovers. Next, head to Guanajuato, Queretaro and Hidalgo, three sites where some of the most important Mexican historic events took place, and in which you can visit winegrowers that offer wine tastings and guided tours around the wineries and vineyards.
Wineries in Mexico
All throughout these destinations you’ll find close to 120 Mexican wineries and you’ll be able to put together an ample collection of wine souvenirs, given that there are over 1,000 national labels.
You’ll find enough varieties to pair the most decadent Mexican dishes as well as traditional specialties from your country of origin.