Mexican Wine Country – Rated Best in The World!

Did you know that Mexican wine is rated just as high as some French and Spanish wines?

Most people don’t. Including myself until recently.

Not only does Mexico produce some of the world’s most famous spirits like Tequila and Mezcal, but this magical land is also a producer of some seriously good vino. In fact, most of Mexico produces wine to some extent.

Mexican Wine

Notable Wine Grapes In Mexico

Reds tend to be more popular, and some of the wine grapes include:

  • Bordeaux
  • Grenache
  • Tempranillo
  • Dolcetto
  • Syrah
  • Petite Syrah

Mexico has won notable gold medals in wine production from various pretigous sources like Concours International De Cabernets (CIDC) who awarded Vinos Don Leo the award of ‘Best Cabernet Sauvignon’ in the world!

Baja California takes the cake for being the highest producer of wine in Mexico in terms of quantity. Baja California produces 90% of all Mexican wine in the valley known as Valle de Guadalupe. Valle de Guadalupe is not only a popular expat city for retirees and friends up north looking for temperate climate while being close to the U.S.

You Can Live In Mexican Wine Country For Less!

rental in ensenada

Ensenada and Valle de Guadalupe offer very low cost of living and a great quality of life! Many houses in the area rent for less $500/month and with the semi-arid climate you won’t need to have expensive utilites like air conditioning or electric heating. 

If you’ve never been to Valle de Guadalupe, you owe it to yourself to make a trip and enjoy Mexican wine country in its full glory. This area surrounding Ensenada has over 100 wineries, and top notch dining to accompany your glass. 

Dining in Ensenada

There are plenty of wine tours ranging in prices between $30-$250. And if you find yourself on a tour in the Valle de Guadalupe wine country, make sure you buy some souvenirs. Your neighbors and friends will appreciate it!

Top Wines In Mexico

Here are some of the top wines in the area according to WineMag all scoring higher than 90 Points.

  • Vinas de Garza Red Blend
  • Santos Brujos Tempranillo
  • Vinas de Garza Grimau Red

So imagine a life in Mexico where you can have world class conveniences like vineyards in your back yard, cheap housing, great dining, and within 1.5 hours to San Diego, California! 

That’s what you can have in this popular expat Haven, Ensenada Baja California. 

Mariana Lange

Mariana Lima-Lange was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. when she was a child. She spent every summer visiting family throughout Mexico and is very knowledgeable about Mexican culture, lifestyle, and traditions. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Reader Interactions


  1. Les Simmons says

    Send me all one bed rental units presently available in San Miguel de Allende and Queretaro. In one year I will also be buying a larger home. Thanks, Dr. Les Simmons

    • Mariana Lange says

      Hi Les.
      We can connect you with our recommended realtors in San Miguel de Allende and Queretaro.
      To get access to our directory of recommended contacts, you have to first purchase our Mexico Relocation Guide
      in the guide you get access to our step by step plan on finding the best rentals and questions you should be asking before renting. We also share the most common rental scams and how to avoid being a victim of a scam. Then you also get our directory of contacts in SMA Queretaro or other Mexican Cities we have recommendations in.
      Find out what’s included here

  2. Forrest Rambo says

    Hi Mariana,
    Thank you for this special article on Mexican wines, it is both delightful and timely.
    Having sampled mostly red wines on visits to Pacific Mexico from Mazatlan to Puerto Vallarta I must say they are excellent. Here in the Pacific Northwest, I have been on the lookout for them in recent months at local wine stores but couldn’t find any. My next steps are to see if I can find any of those you suggested on the shelves of our local Latino mercados or special order them from a specialty store such as “Total Wine and More”.
    We recently purchased your “Mexico Relocation Guide” as an important step in our planned moved to Mexico later this year. We appreciate the updates you’ve done on residency requirements. Also, your city guides are a great idea. They will give us good information about other areas we should consider beyond the Pacific coast. Cheers, Forrest Rambo

    • Mariana Lange says

      Thank you Forrest, for the support!
      Mexican wines are some of the best in the world. I hope you get to try a lot more of them. That’s too bad you can’t find them locally.

      Thank you for being a valued customer!

  3. Jaime Oceguera says

    Hi Mariana,
    I’m interested in getting the guide for the immigration experts, health ins. companies and the real estate companies but I plan to move to Mexico City and you don’t mention that place often. Would I still get value from purchasing the guide for Mexico City?
    Thank you.

    Jaime Oceguera

    • Mariana Lange says

      Hello Jaime!
      Absolutely- we mention Mexico City a lot on our site and have an extensive network of contacts in the guide in Mexico City.

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