Guanajuato, a story to tell!

Editorial Board CMB México • Guanajuato • 2024

The State of Guanajuato, in Mexico, has a rich winemaking history that dates back five centuries, when the first vines were introduced. However, it was in recent decades that viticulture began to develop more significantly in the region. The incorporation of vine cultivation has inspired a new agricultural vocation in the cities and magical towns of Guanajuato, providing an opportunity to nurture from another angle the link with these lands.

The climate in Guanajuato offers favorable conditions for the cultivation of grapes, thanks to the basins and rivers of the region, which allows each region to have a unique personality. The production of wines worthy of local gastronomic creativity is already a responsibility, a goal and an inspiration for some producers, and is part of a symbiosis that is beginning to have a discourse.

Today, the State of Guanajuato occupies the 5th place at national level in extension of vineyards, with 485 planted hectares and more than 100 projected hectares, which represents 4.5% of the national area for the production of quality wines. It is also the 5th national grape producer and occupies the 4th national place in wine production. It has 46 wine projects, 34 wineries that make up the Guanajuato Grape and Wine Association and 25 wine tourism projects.

Every year, Guanajuato produces more than 1,240,000 liters of wine from varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Nebbiolo, Sémillon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Follow to discover the characteristics of the vineyards on the Valle de la Independencia Guanajuato Wine Route.

Besides wine, what else can we find in Guanajuato?
The best city to live in Guanajuato is San Miguel de Allende. This World Heritage City stands out for its harmonious colonial, baroque and neo-gothic architecture, with its colorful cobblestone streets and colonial-style mansions, making it one of the most beautiful towns in Mexico.

Among its outstanding tourist attractions, the Charco del Ingenio, located a few minutes from the municipal seat, is a Botanical Garden and an extraordinary Natural Reserve, endowed with a great biodiversity, with an extensive botanical collection of cacti and other Mexican succulent plants, many of them rare, threatened or in danger of extinction.

Considered as the Sistine Chapel of Mexico, the Sanctuary of Atotonilco has an immense artistic and architectural value, with its altarpieces, oil paintings, sculptures and murals. This is the origin of the Guadalupan banner that Miguel Hidalgo waved at the beginning of the War of Independence. On July 8, 2008, UNESCO included the Sanctuary in the list of World Heritage Sites.

San Miguel de Allende is majestic, imposing, unpredictable and endless, the experience is built on small details in this city. A mandatory stop is the parish of San Miguel, which has become a must-see of the municipality.

Among its streets you can discover old mansions with unique decorations, squares and churches; where their facades stand out, which are the best opportunity to photograph the visit to this city.

Visitors to San Miguel can enjoy a bohemian and relaxed atmosphere, as well as dozens of art galleries, bars, restaurants, cafes, and boutique restaurants, where you can undoubtedly live and feel the essence of Mexico through its flavors, colors, aromas and landscapes.

Follow to know the cities that make up the Valle de la Independencia Guanajuato Wine Route.

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