Missionary wine in Baja California Sur

The land of Southern California has a complex and attractive history. One of its curious and permanent facts is the viticulture in different places. The primary producers are in two missionary towns initially located in the central part of the state geography: San Miguel de Comondú and La Purísima. Others are San José de Comondú, San Isidro, San Javier, San Ignacio, San José de Gracia, and some regional ranches.Plan your trip to Comondú!

Father Ugarte planted a large variety of grape of European origin called Vitis vinifera (Mission grape or Mission grape), and it is the same grape still used for making wine more than 300 years old.

It was formerly used to produce sweet wine and brandy. It is not considered a quality grape due to the need for balance to produce the wines demanded by the modern market. Despite this, the tradition of artisanal wine production in some mission villages has been alive since the beginning of the 18th century.

This legacy is attributable to the fact that every summer, a grape harvest was conducted, and the settlers with vines in their orchards continued cultivating them to sell wine and dried grapes (sultanas).

Pale red wines and wines with various amber tones are produced in the mission villages.

For example: Agustín Casanova Cruz

Agustin, a native of Veracruz, moved to Baja California Sur to work in the gypsum industry while it was at its peak on Isla San Marcos. He transported up to 65,000 tons of this agricultural material to nations across the Americas and Japan.

Did you know that wine is produced in Baja California Sur? Please share your experience in the comments if you’ve ever tasted the wine of Baja California Sur.

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