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Friday, October 14, 2011
Day 29: Mexican Wines! – 30 favorite things about Mexico; September celebrations
According to legend, Hernán Cortés and his soldiers quickly depleted the wine they brought with them from Spain especially while celebrating the conquest of the Aztec Empire in 1521. Because of this, one of Cortés’ first acts as was to order that grapevines be planted throughout “Nueva Espana”, aka Mexico.
There were indigenous grapes before the Spanish conquest, but the new grapevines did very well and by the 17th century, the wine exports from Spain to the New World decreased. It was then that Charles II of Spain prohibited wine making in Mexico, with the only exception being wine that was used for religious purposes which resulted in a small scale production of Mexican wines.