Just a short hour and a half drive from San Diego, nestled quietly in the Mexico countryside, is what many people consider to be the next Napa Valley: Valle De Guadalupe, an area of prime wine country prominence. Highlighted by dirt roads and beautiful scenery, this area is quickly becoming THE premier wine region. Over one hundred wineries presently call Valle De Guadalupe “home,”producing a rich variety of reds, whites, and blends that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
Today we are going to take a look at some of the best red wines from Valle De Guadalupe, which include the region’s own interpretations of classic Malbec’s and Barbera’s.
Malbec is one of the most famous types of red wines, originating from the black-skinned grape varieties native to France’s southwest regions, particularly around Cahors. Malbec is known as the iconic wine grape of Argentina thanks to its success in the vineyards of Mendoza, solidifying this delicious wine as a favorite among wine connoisseurs worldwide and thus earning Argentina some well-deserved respect in the wine industry.
Malbec continues to be one of the most popular wines produced in the Valle De Guadalupe region. Prominent fruit flavors make this wine known for its beautiful taste of black cherry, pomegranate, plum, raspberry, blackberry and blueberry., while cocoa and coffee add to the wine’s signature aroma. With a medium acidity, the wine is oak aged with hints vanilla, dill, and coconut coming through in the aging process, although the oak is typically not extremely prominent.
This famous wine can be found at the F.Chauvenet in the Valle De Guadalupe area. F.Chauvenet creates a delicious Malbec, Ruby Cabernet. Pairing well with beef, poultry and hard cheeses, this wine breathes in a relaxing feel for all.
Monte Xanic, a premier winery in Valle De Guadalupe, features Monte Xanic Edicion Limitada Malbec, a Malbec that’s beautiful in color with violet and cherry tones. Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months, this Malbec is crisp and with a medium intensity aroma that’s dry, fresh, and inviting. Paired with lean meats and Bluefin tuna, this wine will soon become your next favorite.
Barbera is another favorite red wine from the wineries of Valle De Guadalupe, Mexico. This wine is made from the dark-skinned wine grape variety of the same name, originating from several Italian wine regions and native of Piedmont and the islands of Sicily and Sardinia. By the 2000s, Barbera became the third most commonly planted red wine grape variety in Italy and has continued to grow in popularity ever since. In addition to simple red wines, Barbera is also used for blends.
This wine grape is special in its versatility, making it perfect for growing in Mexico’s Valle De Guadalupe climate. The wine itself is characterized by its notes of black and red cherry, blackberry, spice, and chocolate. Barbera wines typically see oak but can age well within a few years to gain a character profound within itself.
Barbera wine can be found at Union de Productores del Valle de Guadalupe, one of the top wineries in the region. This wine pairs particularly well with lamb, beef, spicy foods, poultry, and game like deer and venison. The wine is characteristic of a typicial Barbera with its fruity notes.
Barbera can also be found at Santo Tomás, the region’s oldest winery, where construction of a one-of-a-kind wine tasting room was recently completed. The new facility is prime for wine tasting, offering a truly special experience for the wine connoisseur.
If you’re a big fan of red wines, here are a few of our favorite vineyards in the Valle De Guadalupe region
Trevista Vineyards has been producing incredible wines in the Guadalupe Region of Mexico since 2007 and is known for its casual, charming, and relaxing environment. Many people say that this winery is a comfortable destination for great food, great wine, and a welcoming energy that can’t be found anywhere else. Favorite reds include:
- The 2011 Tempranillo, which is known for its midnight color, as well as semi-woody and black fruit taste. The wine is balanced sweetly with fresh baked fig bread and flavors of sweet raisin cream, making it delectably sweet
- The 2010 Tempranillo, which is is an attractive, sweet wine, described with its dense purple beauty. Ripe black fruits garnish the wine with a velvety texture palatable to the taste with a long and pure finish.
- The 2009 Cabernet, which couples black fruit with earthy flavors of mint, along with elements of pleasant florals and natural minerals. This pure, clean wine is relaxed with spice cake notes.
Red wines are a prominent feature of Cavas Valmar, a family owned and operated winery that features seven highly-rated wines. Favorites include:
- The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, which is of classic Mexican style from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Pairing well with beef, lamb, poultry, and spicy foods, this wine is perfect for every occasion.
- The 2010 Tempranillo, which is known for its fruity notes and flaccid tannins. The wine has a welcoming nose and a delightful finish.
- The 2009 Luna Del Valle, a Californian Red Blend relative to traditional Napa Valley wines. The Luna Del Valle has been described as one of the greatest tasting red wines of the Valle De Guadalupe area.
Monte Xanic, a 27 year-old vineyard, is one of the premier wineries in Mexico. Some of their most popular wines include:
- The Edición Limitada Malbec, mentioned above, which offers notes of wild and tart cherries, raspberry, wood, blackberry, and cream. The pleasant wood tones provide coffee notes for firm and sweet tannins with a full body.
- The Edición Limitada Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon, which is a 60% Syrah and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon variety. Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, the deep bright color of this wine is crisp and bright, presenting red fruit flavors for an extremely attractive aromatic complexity.
- The Edición Limitada Cabernet Franc, which is a 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Merlot variety. Aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, this wine has a semi-sweet mouth feel with robust tannins to give an overall round body. A well-balanced, long finish makes this wine clean and bright.