5 Best Wine Destinations in Mexico

Mexico has no shortage of incredible places to visit. Narrowing down where to go can be overwhelming, so we've picked our favorites for romance that range from small town “pueblos magicos” (magic towns) to beachy destinations to rural escapes where you can tour wineries or go horseback riding through the mountains.

The World Tourism Organization says that Mexico is the second most visited country after the USA. A country with a very diverse bio-demographics has excellent tourism endeavors to offer and is best known for its wine! It is the 6th ranked country in the world for frequent visits by tourists and is on 15th position in the world for gaining income from its tourism.

Mexico in North America is another excellent option, especially if you are keen on a warm climate. Within the country you can visit bustling bazaars in Mexico City, tour through Teotihuacan’s Aztec ruins, explore underground tunnels in Guanajuato and sign up for breath-taking diving excursions in Cozumel. To make the most of what the destination has to offer, you can book holiday packages.

Well, to describe Mexico rightly, it can be termed as the country of wines. Mexico has the best vintage wineries in a large number the world could ever have.

There is a specific word about Napa valley in California amongst the wine connoisseurs. However, wine lovers must add Valle de Guadalupe in their bucket list of wine destinations in Mexico. Each winery possess herein different aesthetics, unique architecture, and an inviting vibe. It states that Mexico is known apart from its fashion sense.

Due to the Spanish contribution to cropping Vinos in Mexico in the 16th century, it is today 7,700 acres of land devoted to growing grapes for unique wine blends production. The wine country has numerous wine varietals to offer to the tourists.

Mexico is an attractive country. Mexican food is famous around the world. Other than food, there are many places to visits in Mexico. Cancun is the famous resort city and a beautiful place near the beach having crystal clear water. Copper Canyon is also popular among the tourists. This place is connected with the border of New Mexico which increases its attraction among the tourists.

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Where to go for wine - read on to find out.

1. Baja California

The upper side that is the northern region of the country contributes 85% into the overall wine production of Mexico. The northern area has the lands of Baja and Sonora. The state of Baja consists of the most popular wine regions such as Valle de Guadalupe, Valle de Calafia, Valle de San Vicente. They all combine to establish 150 wineries altogether.

With San Diego being so close to the Mexican border, we had to add a road trip that went south, and the drive down to the Valle de Guadalupe is it. Sure, Tijuana may be a wonderful night out, and Rosarito Beach is also nice, but they are so near to San Diego that calling a 20-minute drive a road trip doesn't seem right!

For those who are unfamiliar, Valle de Guadalupe is a wine-producing region in Baja, California. The climate is pleasant and similar to San Diego's, and the soils are unexpectedly suitable for vineyards. If you're scoffing at the idea of Mexican wine, don't reject it before giving it a shot. You might blow everyone's mind!

To reach here, avoid the congested Tijuana border crossing and instead drive east to Tecate. Federal Highway 3 will take you to the wineries from here. If you want to spice up your journey, continue on the highway until you reach Ensenada on the Pacific coast. It is a typical vacation resort town, complete with restaurants, bars, stores, and tourists. It may be a lot of fun and a welcome break from the serenity and quiet of the wineries.

2. Sonora

The state of Sonora has places like Hermosillo and Caborca, which are best known for its Brandy. The Fiesta de la Vendimia is an annual wine festival that happens in all august in Ensenada that is again in the northern part of Mexico. To name a few Casa Madero, Vina de Frannes, Lechuza Vineyard, AlXimia Vino Elemental, Hacienda La Lomita, Relieve Vinícola, Vena Cava Vinícola, and Trevista Vineyards are amongst the best wineries in the northern part.

Every winery with its distinct aesthetics has a different ambiance. Some owe minimal interior designs, whereas some are made up by inspiring from the boat architecture concepts. The visit to wineries means tasting the divine wine, purchasing the high-grade wine and having a glass of it beneath nature.

3. Guanajuato

The central regions outside Mexico have Querétaro, Zacatecas, and Aguascalientes regions. Bodega Dos Búhos is a to-visit winery outside the beautiful colonial city of San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato. It has ten impressive varieties of wines. The entire central area is known for some specific wines like Freixenet worldwide.

4. Querétaro

Most of the wineries here are owned by the families who are involved in producing several types of wines in their occupied areas. An annual wine and cheese festival occurs every year in Querétaro. The Feria Nacional del Queso y del Vino festival, takes place in June, which is the most suitable time to visit the place. Settle your luggage on the roof rack and kick start your visit to the world's best wine destination.

5. Valle de Parras

The states of Coahuila, Durango, and Zacatecas are part of the northern La Laguna regions of the country. The most ancient winery of North America that is Casa Madero in Parras de la Fuente is in the state of Coahuila. The best time to visit it is in June for the Feria de la Uva y el Vino - annual grape harvesting festival.

There are some combinations of restaurants and wineries that offer an amalgamated experience of staying in a resort and visiting a winery. Also, they allow you to customize and blend your wine in their cellars. To start your wine tasting, it is a marvelous option.

How to Reach Valle de Guadalupe?

The most convenient way of getting to these wine places is landing at the Tijuana International Airport and hire a taxi for ninety km till you reach Valle de Guadalupe. The second best way is to fly till San Diego and then elongate a car drive in southern Mexico.

All these where to go questions will blow away when you pack your bags for entering into the country of wines. A map like one sold by wanderlust maps will guide you towards tasting your different choice of wines across Mexico.

There are family-owned eco-friendly wineries like Finca La Carrodilla that will soak you deep in Chenin Blanc, Shiraz, Cabernet, and Tempranillo wine varieties. The decision is all yours now. Enjoy Mexican beaches and restaurants but don't forget wines, please!
Kalyan Panja