Sunday, July 19, 2009
Discover the Santo Tomas Vineyard of Baja California
Open since 1888, Bodegas de Santo Tomas winery has been producing wine longer than any other winery in Mexico. It is best known for having joined California's Wente Vineyard to produce Duetto, a 50-50 Santo Tomas/Wente blend. It is also known for its Santo Tomás Reserva Unico.
The origen of Santo Tomas Vineyard and Winery (Bodegas de Santo Tomas) comes from the Domincan Missionaries who settled the Baja area circa 1697. The mission of Santo Tomas de Aquino was started by Jose Loriente on April 24, 1791 in the Valle de Santo Tomas.
En 1888, Francisco Andonegul and Miguel Ormart started Santo Tomas Vineyards and Winery.
Abelardo Rodriquez acquired Santo Tomas Vineyards and Winery in 1932 and 3 years later established the business on Miramar Street in Ensenada Baja California where the first bottling plant was there was established in 1939.
Don Elias Pando continues the traditon now as the main principle owner.
Bodegas de Santo Tomas has over 118 years of business and service in the wine making business. They are one of the forefathers of the newly rediscovered wine industry here in Baja California.