February 25 – SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, Mexico – This Mexican colonial gem may be best known for its architecture, tradition and artistic scene, but some may be surprised to learn that its natural light and beauty are also appreciated by winemakers. The region around San Miguel de Allende is one of the youngest wine regions in the world.

San Miguel de Allende embraces its wine culture in La Ruta del Vino (The Wine Route).  The wine country is here in the heart of Mexico, in the Bajio region, known for its year-round spring climate and its majestic landscape of conifers, cacti, farms and haciendas.

Visitors to the region can experience Mexican rural life while sampling delicious wines and appetizers. Learn how to pair local wines with international dishes and discover the winemaking process and rich history of Mexican viticulture during various tours and events throughout the year. It is a great place for friends, corporate events, weddings and honeymoons.

In the San Miguel wine region, there are four roads that lead from the city to Guanajuato, Queretaro, Celaya or Dolores Hidalgo. Here are some highlights along each route.

On the way to Querétaro.

Heading towards Querétaro, you’ll find the natural, organic and sustainable space known as the Toyana Vineyard, a place full of mysticism and energy that offers handcrafted quality wines amidst unique medieval architecture. This place offers a mysterious experience in its underground basement and living room with tours in three versions – Diamond, Gold and Silver – and an animal-friendly mode. www.vinicolatoyan.com

This visit ends at the vineyards of San Lucas and San Francisco, just 15 minutes from the historic center. Amidst lavender crops, olive trees and vineyards, visitors can enjoy the magic of oenology through a sensory experience – tastings on the estates accompanied by workshops on lavender. It should be noted that this development also includes two hotels, a spa, a swimming pool and two restaurants serving Mediterranean, Mexican and international cuisine of the highest quality. Polo, cycling, yoga, horse riding, grape pressing and swimming with a day pass are also available. www.vinedossanlucas.com

For Zelaya.

On the highway to San Miguel de Allende, in the direction of Zelaya, is the 400-year-old winery San Miguel, run by the Cuadra family. The 60-hectare estate grows 13 grape varieties, three of which are very popular in the region: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. At 10,000 square feet, Bodega San Miguel is one of the largest wineries in the state. This agricultural landscape of great history and beauty is considered a must-see destination. www.vinedosanmiguel.com.mx

To the city of Guanajuato and Dolores Hidalgo.

On the road to the city of Guanajuato, on a hill overlooking the lights of the heart of Mexico, lies the vineyard San José la Vista, described by many as the most exclusive and beautiful place to celebrate the wedding of your dreams. The use of traditional methods and materials in the construction of the haciendas, their vaults and adobe bricks are the main elements of this majestic building, which revives the essence of Mexican colonial architecture and creates an atmosphere of total tradition. There is a restaurant, a wine cellar, gardens, terraces, a hotel and the place where the magic happens – the wine cellar. It’s a handcrafted concept with first-class modern facilities offering Malbec, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot, as well as four guided tastings and wine pairings. www.haciendasanjoselavista.com

Further to the Pueblo Magico Dolores Hidalgo, at mile 73 of the highway, is Tres Rice. This large complex includes huge sculptures and works of art inspired by Mexican culture, a series of lakes and many rooms to escape into. This overall concept includes local cuisine, wine tastings, wine cellar tours and an underground wine cellar that extends over 60 acres. Unique experiences include blindfolded tasting to enhance your sense of smell and taste, bottling your own wine and a delicious five-course tasting menu. Tours of the hotel and outdoor tastings are also available. Tres Raises also has a private tasting room, a wedding venue, a boutique hotel with 15 rooms and a Terruno restaurant designed with traditional pottery and ceramics from Talavera. Here you will find wines such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Tempranillo and Malbec, as well as the Spanish dessert liqueur Mistela. www.viñedotresraices.com

If you follow the same path, you will find the first winery in Guanajuato, called Cuna de Tierra or Cradle of the Earth.  This basement offers its visitors four different experiences: Tastings, food pairings, corporate events or romantic getaways. Cuna de Tierra offers Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Moscatel, Ruby Seedless and Cardinal. www.cunadetierra.com.

It should be noted that all basements comply with local, state and federal health and safety regulations for Covid-19 and visitors can feel comfortable in the area and enjoy a pleasant visit.

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