Monday, January 10, 2011

Discover the wine region of Baja California

Baja California - Presentation

One region has become the leader in reviving the reputation of Mexican wines, and, perhaps tellingly, it lies just above the 30th parallel. 90% of Mexican quality wine comes from northern Baja California, centering around the city of Ensenada. 
The major winegrowing subregions – the Guadalupe, Calafia, San Vincente, and Santo Tom├ís Valleys – all lie close to the Pacific where they can benefit from the cooling ocean breezes and mists. Hot days and cool nights is a classic winegrowing combination throughout the world, allowing grapes to develop their sugars without a corresponding drop in acidity. All the valleys feature a mix of alluvial soils and decomposed granite. 

The Guadalupe Valley and especially its subsidiary the Calafia Valley have become the most well-known appellations so far, although the term “appellation” may be a stretch, as the Mexican government seems even less interested in regulating wine than the Mexicans are in drinking it. Nonetheless, most producers do try to label their wines in accordance with U.S. and European standards to avoid difficulties in the important export market. 

Sunday, January 09, 2011

New: the mexican wine region of Sonora

The two important wine growing regions in this state are Hermosillo and Caborca. In Hermosillo the annual temperatures range from 53.42 ° F (11.9°C) to 86 ° F (30 °C). On average it is a warm 73.4 ° F (23°C). 

Good irrigation systems are necessary since falls of rain are rather sparse. 

Interested ? The presentation continues here

Saturday, January 08, 2011

New: the mexican wine regions to discover

Discover the seven states in Mexico where the grapes are grown in significant quantities.

  These are
   -   Baja California, Sonora (Wine region North) 
   -   Coahuila and Durango, which together form the area of vineyards known as La Laguna (the lake), 
   -  Zacatecas, Aguascalientes and Queretaro (Wine region Center). 

Interested ? Look at more details here