Domecq

Baja's First Commercial Winery

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Founded: 1972
Volume: 194,000 cases/year
Wine Tasting Hours: Mon-Fri 10am - 4:30pm; Sat 10am-1:30pm
Wine Tasting Fee: $2.50 pp
Tours: Yes; Large groups by appt
Phone from U.S.:
011-52 (646) 155-2249 or 155-2254

Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Chenin Blanc, French Colombard

Since 1972 Domecq has flourished in Valle de Calafia as the first commercial winery established in Baja California's now-famous wine growing region Valle de Guadalupe. As an important arm of the international Domecq brand, the Baja California location offers an amazing climate and wonderful soil for the production of several of Domecq's most beloved labels including Calafia, Padre Xino and the premium X-A brand. Visitors to the winery will be immediately struck by its elegant white walls, mission style warehouse, beautifully maintained rows of vines and serene atmosphere.

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Domecq's tasting room, underground wine cellars and endless fields of vines can be enjoyed on a drop-in or reservation basis. Bilingual tours are offered free of charge for all visitors, and wine connoisseurs will especially love the very reasonably priced tasting of three exquisite reds and two whites. The dark caves and antique barrels still on display help to provide a sense for guests of the historical depth of Mexico's winemaking culture.

Thanks to its recent acquisition by French company Pernod Ricard, Domecq is enjoying a renaissance of its Mexican labels. One of the exciting events heralded by this transition is the recent introduction of "Reseva Magna", a Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot-Nebbiolo blend aged for 18 months in barrels of new French Oak. A brilliant red with shades of purple, this wine offers notes of caramel, chocolate, coffee, dry fruit, honey and fine wood. Reserva Magna is often described as velvety and complex with a long, humble finish.

In another important change from the Pernod Ricard shift, Baja's Domecq winery is now led by Argentine winemaker Sebastian Suarez.

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With nearly forty years of production in Baja California, Domecq is very proud of its Mexican roots and honored by the popularity of its Mexican labels throughout the United States and the rest of the world. Offering sophisticated, interesting wines for reasonable prices, Valle de Calafia's Domecq winery continues to play an important role in the evolution of Mexican wines on the international stage.

Address:

Km. 73 Highway 3 Tecate-Ensenada
Valle de Guadalupe

Sources: Employees from Domecq, Domecq Website Baja Times:The Resurrection of Domecq Winery, Cellar Tours: Profile of Pedro Domecq Winery