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Ensenada Area Wineries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wineries within Ensenada City Limits

 

Bodegas De Santo Tomas

Baja’s oldest winery with Restaurant & Café, Cultural Center, & Gourmet Shop. Daily tours and wine tasting at 11am, 1pm & 3pm.  Av. Miramar #666, Ensenada.

 

Cavas Valmar

Free tours and wine tasting by appointment. Calle Ambar #810 & Riveroll, Ensenada.

Wineries outside Ensenada City Limits

 

Château Camou

Free tours and wine tasting Mon-Fri 10am-2pm, Sat. 10am-noon; Large groups by appointment. Located in Francisco Zarco, Valle de Guadalupe, just off Highway 3 to Tecate.

 

Domecq

One of Mexico’s oldest Wine Makers. Guided Tours & tasting, sales of Wines & Brandies. Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat. 10am-1:30pm. Located in Valle de Guadalupe at Km. 73 on Highway 3 to Tecate.

 

L.A. Cetto

Free tours & tasting of Wines, Coolers, Brandy, & Tequila; lunch and picnic area. Open daily 10am-4pm. Located in Valle de Guadalupe at Km. 73.5 on Highway 3 to Tecate.

 

Mogor Badan

Tours and wine tasting by appointment. At Rancho El Mogor at Km. 86.5 on Highway 3 to Tecate.

 

Monte Xanic

Award-winning Premium Wines - Wine tasting and tours by appointment. Located in Francisco Zarco, Valle de Guadalupe, just off Highway 3 to Tecate.

 

Viña de Liceaga

Wine tasting and tours Sat. 1pm by appointment. At Km. 93 on Highway 3 to Tecate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Varietal Information

 

     Mexico offers blends and single varietal wines. The medium and lower tiers, especially bulk wines, may have residual sugar, and the Mexican taste for "smoothness" often means low acidity and moderate tannins. The newer-styled wines are usually dry or off dry and can be more balanced – or occasionally, quite tannic. These, especially Chardonnay, Nebbiolo and Cabernet Sauvignon are sometimes lightly aged in oak.

     The predominant reds are European classics such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Nebbiolo, Grenache, Malbec and Carignan, in addition to a few California favorites like Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, and Ruby Cabernet. Newer varieties include the Italian Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Aglianico and the Spanish Tempranillo.

     The main white varieties are the popular Chardonnay, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon. The brandy grapes Trebbiano, Colombard, and the Spanish Palomino are also used for table wines. Sparkling wines, usually sweet, are made with Chardonnay and Muscat grapes. 

Classifications

 

     Mexican labels are simple, giving brand, producer, and vintage. Varietal types are often indicated, but this is optional. The best wines, “reservas” or "reservas privadas" are more likely to be made with modern and traditional winemaking techniques in a dry modern style that emphasizes fruit. 

 A brief History of Baja Wine

 

     The wine industry got its start in Mexico in 1524, when the governor of New Spain conquistador Hernando Cortéz ordered every Spaniard with a land grant from the crown to plant 1,000 grape vines for every 100 Indians in his employ, every year for five years. Perhaps the Cortéz edict to the colonists succeeded too well, and early settlers were judged too enthusiastic about the product. In any event, the Spanish crown abruptly forbade the production of local wines in 1699, dooming early Mexican vineyards and forcing the colonials to purchase the Spanish wines of the day or go without. Catholic missionaries in need of sacramental wines did cultivate vines, however, despite the viceroys' determined interference.

 

     In 1705, Jesuits brought wine to the peninsula when Padre Juan Ugarte planted the first grapes at the San Ignacio Mission. In the 1790s, Franciscan priests discovered the fertile Valle Santo Tomás as they were traveling north.

   

      In 1834, Dominican priests founded the "Mision de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe del Norte" - this was the last mission established in the Californias and the one that functioned the least amount of time. When the Mexican government in 1888 secularized the Missions, the Santo Tomás Vineyards were reassigned to private ownership and the Bodegas de Santo Tomás was established. In the early 1900s, Russian refugees settled in the Guadalupe Valley between Ensenada and Tecate, bringing with them prize wine grape cuttings from Europe.

 

The valley retains the abbreviated name "Valle de Guadalupe," and today, Guadalupe Valley produces

about 90 percent of Mexico's wines, many winning international recognition.

 

     

 

WINERIES

L.A. Cetto
Free wine tasting and tours daily 10am-4pm. Located in Valle de Guadalupe at Km. 73.5 on Highway 3 to Tecate
Phone: (01152646) 155-2264
Fax: (01152646) 155-2269

Bodegas De Santo Tomas
Baja’s oldest winery with daily tours and wine tasting at 11am, 1pm & 3pm ($2dlls.). Av. Miramar #666 in Ensenada
Phone: (01152646) 174-0836 or 174-0829
Fax: (01152646) 178-3601
Email: bstwines@telnor.net

 
 


Cavas Valmar

Free tours and wine tasting by appointment
Calle Ambar #810 & Riveroll in Ensenada.
Phone/Fax: (01152646) 178-6405

Vina Liceaga
Wine tasting and tours Sat. 1pm by appointment
At Km. 93 on Highway 3 to Tecate.
Phone: (01152646) 184-0126 or (01152646) 184-1184
Fax: (01152646) 184-0262.

Mogor Badan
Tours and wine tasting by appointment
At Rancho El Mogor at Km. 86.5 on Highway 3 to Tecate.
Phone/Fax: (01152646) 177-1484

Monte Xanic
Wine tasting and tours (2dlls.) by appointment
Located in Francisco Zarco, Valle de Guadalupe, just off Highway 3 to Tecate.
Phone: (01152646) 174-6769 or (01152646) 174-6155
Fax: (01152646) 174-6848

Chateau Camou
Free tours and wine tasting Mon.-Fri. 10am-2pm, Sat. 10am-noon.
Located in Francisco Zarco, Valle de Guadalupe, just off Highway 3 to Tecate.
Large groups by appointment
Phone: (01152646) 177-2221
Fax: (01152646) 176-0676

Domecq
Free wine tasting & tours Mon.-Fri. 10am-4pm, Sat. 10am-1:30pm.
Located in Valle de Guadalupe at Km. 73 on Highway 3 to Tecate
Phone: (01152646) 155-2249

 

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