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Wine: Napa Valley to San Miguel

wine in-san-miguel-de-allendeby Gregory Gunter

Oenophiles are slowly recovering from last week’s Auction Napa Valley, one of the premier wine events in North America and if you’re like your blogger, you would have given your left typing finger to have attended, yes?

But remember, we have our own wine country here near San Miguel de Allende, too!

While tequila may be Mexico’s claim to fame, wine is having a moment in the state of Guanajuato, and our own San Miguel de Allende is in the heart of the newly designated wine country. But don’t believe me–take a look at this recent New York Times post on weekend excursions here, which includes our regional wineries.

Spend a day vineyard-hopping in the rural areas surrounding San Miguel—most wineries are within an hour’s drive of the downtown core. Take a fifteen-minute drive east on Highway 111 to Dos Buhos, a seven-acre organic vineyard growing ten varietals, including Tempranillo, Cabernet Franc, and Sauvignon Blanc, where the vineyards are viewable from this magnificent vineyard-adjacent estate.  A few miles down the road, sip the top-notch Cabernet at rustic Rancho Toyan, where the labyrinthine cellar produces just 1,000 cases a year for local businesses. Next, head back in the direction of San Miguel on Mexico 51 to Cuna de Tierra near Dolores Hidalgo, the most popular area producing red and white blends. Your final visit might be to La Santisima Trinidad, a 117-acre estate sprawling with olive groves in lavender fields, now dedicating two acres of land to grapes for Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Merlot.

Next time you’re thinking of a road trip a-la-”Sideways” (remember the movie?), visit San Miguel de Allende instead!