By Paola Velasco
The State of Aguascalientes has always had excellent climatic conditions for the cultivation of grapes that produce fine wines. In fact, wine has been produced in the region since the founding of Aguascalientes in 1575. Very early on, local people cultivated grapes in the fertile soil around Aguascalientes and produced homemade wines and a low-quality distillate called “chinguirito.” This was prohibited by the local authorities, but was popular with miners in the area. During the 18th century, the reputation of the wines of Aguascalientes grew. Commercial viticulture as we know it, emerged in the 1950s. At that time, the Aguascalientes Wine Company was created, and vineyards were launched such as Guadalupe, La Chiquita and Rivier. By 1960, Aguascalientes had 28 viticulturists, and had added large labels such as Domecq and Valle Redondo.
By 2005 the wine industry in Aguascalientes began to flourish. Wine production soared, and the investment in new vineyards increased. In the years since, numerous wineries have entered the market and are producing varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, White Zinfandel, Syrah, and many others.
Currently, Aguascalientes has 205 hectares of grapevines, and ranks second in wine production for all of Mexico. There are 18 wineries and vineyards open to the public to provide a tourist experience. The well-known wineries of the State have a vast history behind them, and they are waiting for you. Visit the fabulous Wine Route!