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Mexico, A Land of Celestial Wines and Heavenly Horizons

Mexico, A Land of Celestial Wines and Heavenly Horizons

Posted by Alejandra Romo on September 04, 2013

The fertile soil and clement weather of certain regions of Mexico lend its grapes qualities that shine through in the character of its wines.

By Laura Santos

The tables of history are finally being turned and Mexico is now setting the bar for other emerging wine producers. It's a full bodied revenge for the vines the Franciscan and Jesuit missionaries brought with them. Grafted onto endemic species, they were just beginning to take when, in a blatant act of protectionism, the Spanish Crown banned wine making in the New World.

Casa Madero was the only winery that was able to evade the royal prohibition of 1547, but wine making is nonetheless a fledgling industry in Mexico, with more established and internationally recognized Mexican brands like Monte Xanic recently celebrating a mere quarter of a century.

Undaunted, Mexican winegrowers strive to deliver the best product and their perseverance has been rewarded with international accolades on a par with their efforts. And so we come full circle, back to our roots, back to the land.

Querétaro, Coahuila, Baja California and Zacatecas are the four main wine producing states in Mexico, with dark horse Aguascalientes getting a discreet look-in. These regions are home to the country's finest vineyards that pay tribute to the mother who instinctively sheltered them until they were ready to fend for themselves.

America's First
A group of Spanish conquistadors left Zacatecas in search of gold, only to stumble upon a treasure that continues to yield fruit to this very day. Parras, Coahuila, is a green, fertile oasis in the middle of the desert. It was here, in this small town, that Casa Madero was founded in 1568. Today, it remains famous for its quality wines.

Winters in the valley are cold and well defined, while the sun shines bright all summer, but since temperatures don't vary much the grapes have time to mature slowly on the vine. You can generally tell a Casa Madero wine by its distinct personality and balanced bouquet that lingers on in the empty glass.

San Lorenzo is the official home of Casa Madero. The sturdy columns, arches and labyrinthine passages of this old hacienda harbor both tradition and functionality.

The hotel has 24 rooms and can be rented out in its entirety for social events. It even has a runway should the guest wish to arrive by plane. Daylong guided tours of its facilities and vineyards are available, ending with a tasting session.

A stroll through the Magical Town of Parras rounds off the experience.

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