In 2006 Valle de Guadalupe's up and coming winemaker, Reynaldo Rodriguez Jr., joined forces with his winemaker father Reynaldo Sr. and partner Ronald Duhl to produce the the first wine from their private label, Quinta Monasterio. Working with a wonderful piece of land and well maintained vineyards that had been handed down within their family for generations, they were determined to create distinct wines of superb quality.
Christening the new winery Quinta Monasterio to honor the Spanish missionaries who first brought knowledge of wine production to Mexico, Rodriguez and his partners brought their unique expertise to the project of creating a world class label.
Reynaldo Sr., a highly respected winemaker known for being among the first in Mexico to produce 50,000 bottles of outstanding quality, contributed his deep understanding of wine making fundamentals to the process.
Reynaldo Jr. received his formal training from the Universidad de la Rioja in Spain where he earned a Master's Degree in Enology and Viticulture. He now works as head winemaker for Emeve and is also a key partner in Baja's Hacienda La Lomita winery. Along with his passion for the production process, he also brings great enthusiasm for innovation to the Quinta Monasterio project.
Their El Porvenir area property had a rich history of producing grapes for acclaimed labels such as Domecq and L.A. Cetto, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Shiraz, Tempranillo and Zinfandel.
Today, father and son work their magic with these family-tended varietals to produce five unique wines including a dry, apricot-peach-pear Chardonnay called Natal and the memorable ruby blend Sinfonía de Tintos.
Quinta Monasterio invites you to visit and experience guided tours of the property and winemaking facilities. Reynaldo Jr. or manager Eloy González are gracious hosts and will take you through the boulder walled, barrel filled wine cava and winemaking rooms. Next, it is off to the wine tasting room - gorgeously decorated with rich colors, chunky hacienda style furniture, and hardwood floors exuding the color of freshly pressed red grapes. They will demonstrate how to detect the various aromas and tastes unique to each grape and bottle.
Passionate about architecture, Reynaldo will also point out the structure and atmospheric highlights of Quinta Monasterio - describing the way in which architectural principles have been used to highlight the contrast between light and darkness within its walls.
Reynaldo's wife Alejandra Correa has also designed a special line of body products created using byproducts of the wine-making process. Called Viniphera, her creations include exfoliants, lotions, moisturizers, scrubs and soaps celebrating the vineyards, now available for purchase in the tasting room. Reynaldo Jr. and his family are friendly, outgoing, happy to talk and extremely hospitable.
Visitors to Quinta Monasterio during August receive the most exciting opportunity of all: a chance to enter the fields during harvest season and personally select grapes used to create new wines. Everyone is welcome to join the harvest, including families with children!
Smaller special events and parties may also be hosted with advance notice on the Quinta Monasterio property, including barbecues and picnics.
Whether touring, tasting wine or spending time in the charming company of Reynaldo Jr. and his family, any experience at Quinta Monasterio is guaranteed to leave a lasting memory of excellence, warmth and welcome.
In the town of El Porvenir, in the Valle de Guadalupe
Sources: Eloy Gonzalez from Quinta Monasterio, Quinta Monasterio Website, Southern Wine Group, Mexico Desconocido, Cepage, Guía del Viajero en México