Meet the professionals of the Mexican wine sector
Mexican wines and wineries from Mexico

A serious challenge facing the industry is managing water use in the
winegrowing areas. While many of the quality wines have been profiting from
controlled water stress, most Mexican vineyards require irrigation and the
proliferation of newer wineries may strain the supply. This may very well be
the limiting factor for growth of the Mexican wine industry. Drought is also an
annual worry.

The place of Mexican wines on the international scene remains to be decided,
but it’s clear that they’re headed to a much higher place than many would
have thought possible just twenty years ago. The winemakers are committed,
and a growing awareness of building a tradition and a national wine identity
seems to be pushing them to greater heights. With such a long history, it
brings some satisfaction to see that Mexican wine is not a remnant of the
past, but a living legacy
Looking ahead

The turn toward quality wine production continues to work its way through
Mexico. Growers are becoming more aggressive about lowering yields, and
domestic and foreign investment is allowing wineries to improve their facilities
and gain more control over the vinification process. Replantings are also
moving forward, accelerating the movement toward international varietals like
Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. Interestingly, many wineries
seem to be looking to Bordeaux for a role model, rather than to their
Californian neighbors. This may reflect the tastes of their market; most
Mexican wine drinkers tend toward European wines over California, and
Europe consumes about half of Mexican wine exports, followed by the U.S. at
35%. For Chardonnay, California may be a more prominent influence, as
Californian white wines enjoy greater recognition within the Mexican market
than their reds. The balance may change as more and more Mexican wineries
team up with Californian producers; Monte Xanic recently entered a
partnership with the Chalone group, for example.


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​The Mexican wine industry has also realized the value of fostering domestic
wine awareness. Encouraging a wine industry in a country where wine
consumption is low is difficult, and Mexico ranks 66th in the world in this
regard, consuming .04 gallons per capita each year (by comparison,
Americans drink just over two gallons a year, and the French 15). Wine bars
like the chain “SéDe Vin" or "Tierra de Vino” are beginning to appear, and
wineries are sponsoring events to bring out tourists, locals, and wine
connoisseurs alike.