Mexican wine and wine making began with the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. This was when they brought vines from Europe to modern day Mexico, the oldest wine-growing region in the Americas. There were, however, indigenous grapes before the Spanish conquest. By the 17th century wine exports from Spain to the New World fell. After Mexican Independence, wine making for personal purposes was no longer prohibited and production rose again, especially in the 19th century.
Wine production in Mexico has been rising in both quantity and quality since the 1980s, Mexico is not traditionally a wine-drinking country, but rather prefers beer, tequila and mezcal. However interest in wines has grown along with Mexican wines’ reputation throughout the world as some Mexican wine has won awards for their production.
There are three major wine producing areas in Mexico, – with the Baja California area producing 90% of Mexico’s wine. Mexico also holds the “Ruta del Vino” (Wine Route) for tourists now, which connects over fifty wineries!
Our La Catrina wine is carefully crafted in Napa, California. Each fruit is selected according to the regions of California – including North and Central coasts, and Centre Valley.
La Catrina reflects the Mexican tradition of the ‘Day of the Dead’, a holiday that focuses on celebrating the lives of lost family and friends. The Day of the Dead takes place on the 31st of October – 2nd of November which lines up with All Hallow’s Eve (Halloween). The holiday is colourful, festive, and filled with remembrance and beautifully designed costumes and makeup.
The spokesmodel for La Catrina Mexican wine is La Calavera Catrina herself! She is a famous etching from illustrator, printmaker and lithographer Jose Guadalupe Posada. Since the early 20th century, she has become an icon for the Day of the Dead and now, La Catrina wine.
La Catrina wine comes in a variety of forms, including: Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blend, Chardonnay, Moscato, Sangria and Pinot Grigio. So whatever your taste in wine, you can enjoy the tastes of La Catrina!