Friday, October 20, 2006
The Zacatecas' very low annual rainfall means that irrigation is essential in this area as it is in the rest of Mexico. The vine varieties planted include a range of European red varieties (e.g., Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot) supplemented by those more common to California (e.g., Zinfandel) as well as American hybrids such as Black Spanish and Lenoir.
The historic Mission grape, planted by Spanish settlers, has all but disappeared. A range of white wine grapes are also grown.
More information, here: http://www.mexicanwines.homestead.com/REGIONCenter.html