Friday, May 01, 2009

Mexican wine regions: Zacatecas

Zacatecas: Lying south of the “global wine zone” (between latitudes of 30 and 50 degrees), Zacatecas’ vineyards grow in the Ojo Caliente and Valle de la Macarena regions. At altitudes of about 6,500 feet, crisp winters and fresh summer temperatures, combined with moisture-retentive clay soils, are optimal for sugar-rich grapes that mature quickly.

A range of European red varieties (cabernet sauvignon, merlot) grow here, as well as those more common to California, such as zinfandel, and American hybrids (Black Spanish, Lenoir). Some white grapes also thrive here.

Zacatecas, one of Mexico’s beautiful silver cities, stands on its own as a historic destination, but it also boasts several small wineries. The best-known local brand is Casa Cachola. The winery is outside the city in Valle de las Arisnas at the intersection of highways 45 and 49. If you plan to visit, make arrangements in advance.

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