Photo courtesy of Guanajuato Ministry of Tourism

A trip across the state of Guanajuato is a drive through a land of wines, a side of the state not to be missed.

Not many visitors to Mexico realize that Guanajuato is an important wine producer, the fourth biggest wine-producing region in the country, with an annual production of 700 thousand bottles. The state has 43 vineyards; 30 are open to the public. The most commonly used grapes to make wine in the region are shiraz, cabernet-sauvignon, tempranillo, and malbec. Currently, Guanajuato has 135 different wine labels.

Caminos de Vinos offers a luxurious hotel stay on the slopes of el Cerro del Cubilete, nestled in the Hacienda Jesús María, one of the first mines in Guanajuato City. San Miguel de Allende’s wineries house restaurants and terraces for tasting or events such as the Santísima Trinidad while Dos Buhos are organic.

Others not to be missed are Tierra de Vinos San Felipe (Octagon), León (Tierra de Luz) and San Francisco del Rincón (Pájaro Azul). In the historic center of Dolores Hidalgo, one can visit the El Museo del Vino.

Guanajuato has been slowly making its mark on the wine map with wine tourism accounting for approximately two and three per cent of visitors.

If you want to know the history of Guanajuato just open a bottle of wine, the land has given it some very particular touches, the famous “terroir” that is nothing more than the sum of the climates, the soil and the variety of grapes.

Events not to be missed for wine lovers include Guanajuato’s Grape Harvest Festival and Guanajuato’s Wine Route.

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Source: Guanajuato Ministry of Tourism

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