Mexico is one of Latin America's oldest winemaking countries, but grapegrowing there has at times been a bumpy road. Catholic missionaries and conquistadores from Spain began cultivating grapes in the early 1500s, and land grant recipients in the colony were required to plant vines.
Valle de Guadalupe instead of Napa, one of the places that are about to be the next 'it' spots - Jake Kilroy, The Venue Report
Vena Cava winery in Baja's Guadalupe Valley, is sleek and totally modern. It's one of a growing number of wineries that's designed to give visitors a memorable visual experience — not just a taste of fine wine.
I made my first trip to Mexican wine country last month expecting to play the part of Lady Bountiful. My idea was that I would go, explore, report and publicise these little-known wines to the world outside, thereby extending a helping hand to a nascent wine industry.
Phil and Eileen Gregory have a six-room inn, La Villa del Valle ( lavilladelvalle.com), and a winery, Vena Cava , which focuses on Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.
The Guadalupe Valley today is not just about a wine country coming of age. It is about a dynamic, unheralded desert region of industrious entrepreneurs and farmers, precarious water supplies, unexpected, dramatic modern architecture, and natural beauty.
La vitivinícola bajacaliforniana Vena Cava se llevó el premio al Mejor Vino Mexicano con su Cabernet Sauvignon cosecha 2014 en el concurso The Toast of The Coast de la Feria del Condado de San Diego, presentada por Albertsons | Vons.
La Villa del Valle, a splendid six-room inn cradled by the desert mountains where we stayed two pleasantly drowsy days. This six-room desert inn has an outdoor pool and yoga studio, excellent Mexican breakfasts, a winery made from recycled boats, and an acclaimed restaurant, Corazón de Tierra.
wine calls and off we slog, back up to that "fog moistened valley", the home of Mexico's oldest vineyards, where Spanish friars started making altar wine in the 18th century. "The Guadalupe valley is a small vacuum of international wine makers,"
El vino naranja es una técnica alternativa a la elaboración tradicional del vino blanco que, de hecho, la hermana con el vino tinto. Sin ir más lejos, se puede decir que el vino naranja se trata de un vino blanco con alma carmesí. Si aún no los has probado, estas son algunas opciones excelentes con las que puedes enamorarte de la tendencia.
Vena Cava Ámbar
The architecture is just as interesting as the wines at Vena Cava where the tasting room and wine cave are dug out of the earth and feature upside-down vintage wooden fishing boats as the roof. The bold red blends and innovate natural wines make this winery an easy favorite.
Mexico is known for producing a lot of things. Top-notch tequila? Naturally. Refreshing beer? Sure. First-rate wines? Not so much.
Given foreigners’ love for the Guadalupe Valley, it’s no surprise that Vena Cava is owned by a British couple. Phil and Eileen Gregory moved to the valley nearly two decades ago and have since created a winery/restaurant/hangout/oasis that makes you feel you’ve won the golden ticket when you visit. The small but mighty winery has full views of the valley. You can sip natural rosé on the giant outdoor daybeds or make new friends eating various tostadas at the communal tables. When you need to move around, go for a tour of grounds. The winery is an architectural site made of raw wood with a boat for a ceiling.
The big reds can be wonderful on a cold winter’s evening, but daunting to drink during a long meal in warmer climes such as ours,” says Phil Gregory, owner and winemaker at Vena Cava, which for over 15 years has been one of Valle’s premier organic and natural producers. “I much prefer a more gentle wine. The flavors are still there and can sometimes be better appreciated without so much alcohol.”
Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe is closer to Los Angeles than Napa Valley and is located just 75 miles south of the U.S. border. For decades, the Valle has been overshadowed by America’s West Coast wine destinations, but Mexico’s premier wine region is now garnering international attention for the world-class bottles produced by its 100-plus wineries.
Instead of one or two signature varieties, producers such as Decantos, Monte Xanic, Vena Cava, and Lechuza Vineyard focus on a range of grapes suited to the warm climates of southern Europe. Think: Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Syrah, Vermentino, Viognier, and many more.
Los viñedos de Phil Gregory y su esposa Eileen, en el Valle de Guadalupe, son biodinámicos. Prueba el Ámbar, un vino naranja muy sabroso (hecho con método de vino tinto pero uva blanca, chardonnay).
It’s a Friday afternoon in Mexico City and locals are winding down ahead of the weekend. In the Roma district, the sinking sun casts a soft, hazy light that filters through the trees and onto the area’s ornate buildings. It’s the perfect afternoon for a glass of wine… or four.
OPENING A WINERY IN MEXICO’S Valle de Guadalupe freed Vena Cava owner Philip Gregory from the bounds of tradition to which most Old World winemakers are tethered. He’s free to be creative, growing a spread of organic grapes, offering a handful of ambitious blends, and opening a tasting room with an upside-down boat for a roof.