Published On: Mon, Sep 11th, 2017

Toyán: Organic wine with a feminine touch

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Toyan ranch is one of the main tourist attractions of San Miguel de Allende and is only 15 minutes from downtown.

Toyan is one of the most peculiar vineyards in Mexico, where the vine is worked by women, the trees have faces and the cava is 45 feet underground.

Organic wine is produced there, the vineyard presumes to be the only one of its kind in the whole country, besides they also produce organic jams and canned fruit.

The wine is preserved in a carved cellar 14 meters (45 feet) underground. This wine cellar features a handcrafted work that took almost five years to be finished and was done only by four people.

At Toyan you can buy “old” wines, with five years of aging, sheltered and aged underground.

A descent to the Toyan cellar is a challenge for some, and a delight for others. Visitors go down a sloping ramp, bathed in a blue light that seeks not to damage the contents of hundreds of bottles and dozens of oak barrels that lay down there in silence, in an overwhelming atmosphere that does not require artificial chillers, and is guarded by monks carved in stone quarry, which seemed to quietly observe as time goes by.

To get to the vineyard, the visitor must walk among groves, featuring trees that have unusual limbs carved on them with anthropomorphic faces, some of them friendly, some of them sullen.

Toyan is today the most important vineyard-cava in San Miguel de Allende and one of the major attractions of Guanajuato, as far as wine tourism is concerned.

Other vineyards can also be found in the municipalities of Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, San Felipe and San Francisco del Rincón, but none of them is as special as Toyan.





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