Published On: Tue, Oct 11th, 2016

Guanajuato’s wine history: magic with the fruit of the vine

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Meagan Drillinger, author and collaborator for, came up with an interesting editorial about Guanajuato’s wine history.

The graduate of prestigious New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute tells all about grape stomping ceremonies, wine tastings, music performances and dancing shows around the area of SMA, Guanajuato, Comonfort and Dolores Hidalgo.

When it comes to wine tourism, the world has its heavy hitters: Italy, France, California’s Napa Valley, South Africa and so on. But unbeknownst to many, Mexico is coming into its own as a producer of great wines.

The first mention of wine tourism to Mexico came a few years ago after the wines of Valle de Guadalupe in the Baja peninsula got their turn in the spotlight. With a climate similar to California, oenophiles were singing the praises of this other kind of New World wine. But this is not the only destination in Mexico that is making magic with the fruit of the vine.


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Wine is not a new product for the state of Guanajuato. In fact, it dates back to the 16th century when Spanish conquistadors brought European grapes to the region. However, the wine that was produced was strictly for the use of the church. Today, the region is experiencing a revival and positioning itself to become the next great region of wine production in Mexico.

In fact, Guanajuato is home to its own wine trail, known as the Circuito del Vino, which stretches from Dolores Hidalgo to San Miguel de Allende. The trail begins at the Sanctuary of Jesus Nazareno de Atotonilco, which is symbolic in its own right as the place where Miguel Hidalgo, the father of Mexico’s independence, took the banner of the Virgin of Guadalupe, with which he started the war that resulted in it. Inside the sanctuary are frescoes that cover the ceilings and walls.

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