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The best of Mexico wine regions, a side of the country most don’t know of!

This year, we visited all the Mexico wine regions – an undiscovered gem that most travelers don’t know about. Check out these destinations and add them for your next trip to Mexico!

Wine is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Mexico, but the country actually has plenty of regions that boast the perfect climate, soil quality, and elevations to produce high-quality, award-winning wines.

Mexico wine regions are incredibly varied and spread all over. If you’re keen to experience Mexican wine first-hand and find yourself wondering where to go, we’ve put together a guide to our favorite wine routes and regions in Mexico we believe everyone needs to visit once in their lives.

From the deserts of Baja to the mountains of Guanajuato, here are some of the destinations where you can enjoy the Mexican wine country.

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Riding a bike in Cuna de Tierra, de oldest winery in the state of Guanajuato!

🍷 Mexico wine regions: what to expect

It’s hard to tell you what to expect when traveling the Mexican wine country because they’re so vastly different from each other.

If you visit Valle de Guadalupe, for instance, you can pretty much expect an itinerary that only involves wine, food, and vast desert views, but if you head over to Coahuila, you’ll be treated to a combination of vineyards with fossil finds (this area was once roamed by dinosaurs and was previously submerged underwater, so there is a lot worth exploring if you want to put your paleontologist hat on).

Other wine regions in Mexico like Guanajuato or Queretaro combine a whole lot of wine with plenty of culture, nature, and colors, not to mention many regions also produce other alcoholic drinks like mezcal or tequila, which means you can combine your wine escapade with other tastings.

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🍇 Mexico wine regions to visit

In no particular order, here are the best Mexico wine regions every grape lover needs to visit at least once in their life:

#1: Baja California

Valle de Guadalupe in the Baja California peninsula is probably the most popular of Mexico wine regions. This wine country is located in the northern part of the Baja California peninsula and features wines known for their Mediterranean influences. As far as production numbers go, Valle de Guadalupe is the biggest of Mexico wine regions!

Aside from Valle de Guadalupe, Baja’s humid winters and dry, temperate summers create an ideal climate for high-quality harvests. Other wine regions in Baja worth checking out include Valle de Calafia, San Vicente, Santo Tomás, and San Antonio de Minas.

There are plenty of vineyards spread all over the region, but some of the most popular ones include Pedo Domeq, Monte Xanic, and La Cetto. There are also plenty of small houses producing artisanal wines as well, so it’s worth just driving around without planning too much and leaving room for serendipitous stops.

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Valle de Guadalupe is the biggest in Mexico when it comes to production numbers and a place renowned for its high-quality grapes and food.

#2: Querétaro

Set in central Mexico, the state of Querétaro is home to two wine valleys: Tequisquiapan and Ezequiel Montes.

Both valleys are the southernmost of Mexico wine regions and pretty easy to access from Mexico City. Here, you’ll find plenty of variety in wines, but people’s favorites are usually their red, white, rosé, and sparkling wines.

A few of the most discting vineyards in Querétaro include La Redonda, Freixenet, La Madrileña, and Cavas Atonelli.

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#3: Guanajuato

Guanajuato is tucked away in the highlands of central Mexico. This tiny state not far from Mexico City has a long-winded history of viticulture, but due to restrictions from the Spanish monarchy back during the colonization, it didn’t really become a thing until quite recently.

Today, dozens of wineries have sprawled all over the state, especially around San Miguel de Allende and Dolores Hidalgo. A few of the most popular ones include Cuna de Tierra (the oldest in the state), Dos Buhos, San Felipe, San Miguel, and San Lucas.

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Enjoying our wine-tasting at Pájaro Azul vineyard in Guanajuato

We also recently visited Pájaro Azul near San Felipe. This vineyard is much lesser-known as it is not officially a part of the main Dolores-San Miguel wine route but so worth the small detour, especially if you’re into more local, quieter experiences.

#4: San Luis Potosi

The wine history of San Luis Potosi dates back to colonial times, but it was only until less than a decade ago when two wineries began popularizing the state as a high-quality wine producer.

Thanks to a dry climate, San Luis Potosi is a producer of classic strains like Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, but what makes the state stand high above the crowds for curious wine lovers is the fact that you’ll also find rare varieties not usually seen in Mexico like Cabernet Franc and Gewürztraminer.

Pozo de Luna and Cava Quintanilla are the two best wineries in the state, both of which are located a short drive away from the capital.

⭐ Insider tip: You can combine a trip to Queretaro, Guanajuato, and San Luis Potosi in one go! This Mexico wine region (with all three states) is often referred to as Bajio de Mexico.

#5: Zacatecas

Zacatecas is relatively new in the Mexican wine scene, but it’s quickly growing thanks to its high production levels of white wines like Málaga, French Colombard, Chenin Blac, and Tramier as well as reds like Petit Syrah and Ruby Cabernet.

Its two wine regions are Ojo Caliente and Valle de la Macarena with its most famous vineyards being Campo Real, Luévano Ruiz, Cachola, and Altiplano.

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#6: Coahuila

Not widely known to foreigners, Valle de Parras in the northern state of Coahuila is one of the most distinct Mexico wine regions because it houses Casa Madero, the oldest vineyard in the Americas.

The valley’s dry and hot climate creates a perfect atmosphere for Merlot, Tempranillo, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aside from the famous Casa Madero, other notable vineyards include Casa Ferriño and Vinícola Vitalo.

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⁉️ Mexico Wine Regions FAQ

Yes, there’s LOTS of wine in Mexico.

Surprisingly, however, Mexico is both the place where wine in North America was born as well as the newest wine region in the Americas, not to mention one of the lesser-known ones in the world.

Currently, Mexico’s wine regions put together cover an area of 3,500 hectares and this number continues to grow as the Mexican wine country and exportation of its wines increase.

There are many wine regions in Mexico, each with its own distinct flavor and charm.

When we started researching the wine regions in Mexico, we certainly didn’t expect there to be so many of them! The wine countries in Baja California, Queretaro, and even Guanajuato are the most popular for visitors, but there are also others worth checking out.

✈️ Ready for your trip to the wine regions in Mexico? If you have any questions about Mexico wine regions, I’d be happy to update this post – just leave your questions below or join our Facebook community where we answer questions without a cost.

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David Adams

Sunday 25th of September 2022

Does Chihuahua have any remarkable wine regions?

Trisha Velarmino

Sunday 25th of September 2022

Hola, David! We went to one winery in Chihuahua (Cerocahui) but it was the only winery there. We also did not visit at the right time as our main goal in Chihuahua was to do the El Chepe train. When we went to the winery in May, it was dry and hot so we only had a tasting tour and did not get to explore the vineyards. Hope this answers your question!

Michael Brennan

Tuesday 26th of July 2022

On your next visit to Guadalupe, please try the XOLO winery and vineyard. A rising star for wine and food. its excellent and a new experience not to be missed.

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