The proprietors of Valle de Guadalupe's beloved Barón Balch'é winery feel deeply for their grapes. "Wine invites us to share our feelings," their website proclaims - "It provokes discussion, passion and emotion!" Balch'é is a Mayan word for a ceremonial beverage, Barón Balch'é honors past kingdoms and the Mayan tradition.
Each Barón Balch'é wine represents the terroir of the Valle de Guadalupe and the winemakers are consistently surprised and delighted by new discoveries they're making about their grapes and the land during the processes of fermentation and maceration.
Barón Balch'é wines are a marvelous synthesis of old and new - produced using delicious old vines and the most modern wine-making technology including stainless steel tanks, gravity systems, automatic temperature control and the finest American and French oak barrels.
Within four years of breaking ground on the winery, the first 2500 cases had been produced. Today the Barón Balch'é winery produces 120,000 bottles each year for the Mexican market through three different labels: Rincon de Barón, Barón Balch'é and Premium Balch'é.
Rincon de Barón offers three fresh, lightly aged wines including a Double Blanc, Chardonnay and Mexcla de Tintos. These reasonably priced blends are defined by their sweetness, interesting colors and fruity aroma.
The mid-range Barón Balch'é label features Cabernet Grenache, Cabernet Tempranillo, Zinfandel and Special Reserve. These wines give off the hue of deep red jewels: garnets and rubies. They each pair well with carnes, cheeses and Mediterranean foods. Their aromas vary between the berry-pepper and smoke of the Grenache to the summer fruits of the Zinfandel.
Premium Balch'é fine wines are aged in French and American oak barrels until they reach the perfect balance of acidity. They are poised to make a real splash with wine enthusiasts worldwide - and include varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Syrah, Tempranillo and Zinfandel.
In the town of El Porvenir in the Guadalupe Valley
Sources: Yolanda and Oscar from Barón Balch'é, Barón Balch'é Website, Vino Club SMA