Roganto Winery was founded in 1987 by partners Rogelio Sanchez del Palacio and Antonio Luis Escalante Dominguez, who joined the first few letters of each of their names to form its title. Roganto started off as a small shared project made at home. After receiving effusive praise over the years for the cases of wine they gave as gifts to their friends and family, Rogelio and Antonio decided in 2001 that the time was right to sell their wine commercially.
Only four years later one of their wines, the Tempranillo, was selected as one of the top two wines in Mexico by a group of experts and critics. By 2006, Rogelio and Antonio had opened their own boutique winery in an elusive Ensenada spot - tucked away behind a well-drilling and commercial pump business. Using modern stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels, Roganto Winery now produces 10,000 cases of wine per annum.
In April 2009, Roganto joined forces with another high quality Baja California winery - Vinedos Malagon - to create a tasting room and bar that would be easier for their visitors to find. Conveniently located just outside of a state-of-the-art shopping mall, this tasting room and bar gives tourists and wine enthusiasts the opportunity to sip and enjoy Roganto and Malagon wines without having to travel to their harder-to-reach winery locations.
In the beginning of their project, Rogelio and Antonio sourced their grapes from other local growers but today they own all of the vineyards where the grapes are grown. Varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Tempranillo. The more famous Roganto wines, including its award winning Tempranillo, are mainly reds with dark fruit tones and sweet oak. Newer to the collection are its crisp Chardonnay with hints of citrus and long finish, and the fabulously fruity, tropical Sauvignon Blanc.
Wines are fermented and aged in new oak barrels with wood sourced from several countries - America, France, Hungary and Russia. These woods are used together to add to the quality of the grapes and produce an outstanding final product.
Co-owner Antonio, a warm and friendly gentleman, has said in interviews that "Most people are surprised by [the high quality of] our wines". A proud lover of Mexican wines, he believes that they will be increasingly recognized for their excellence by wine lovers and experts around the world. Antonio oversees the production of all wines, with consultation by esteemed enologist Dr. Enrique Ferro Salazar.
Roganto Winery is open for tours by appointment only. Their wines can also be purchased at the Rancho Malagon tasting room in Valle de Guadalupe.
Updated: May 19, 2011 10:26 AM