What would be the perfect place to enjoy an excellent glass of wine? Tulum, of course, laying on a soft beach bed while listening to the sound of the waves as you watch the sun go down.

Until recently, Mexico was best known for tequila, beer and mezcal. Mexican wines have been gaining popularity among national and international consumers. Mexico’s exciting young wineries bring fresh flavors and creativity to the industry and are currently exporting to the USA and Europe.

Mexico’s wine industry is around 500 years old. With the Spanish cultural clash in America and their subsequent conquest of Mexico, along with many other things, came the grapes. Grapevines were planted by Catholic missionaries and priests, implementing a new local production that would mature in time.

Northern Baja California, a terrain with higher altitudes and a dry climate is the largest wine region in Mexico and produces most of the domestic finest wines, holding about 200 small sized wineries.

Valle de Guadalupe is located around 62 miles (100 kilometres) south of the border city of Tijuana and benefits form the humidity of the ocean breeze while the state of Sonora finds great advantages in their high and dry desert.

Other wine producing regions are located in Querétaro, Aguascalientes, Durango, San Luis Potosí and Guanajuato.

Enotourism is now a lucrative industry in Mexico. The Wine Route has become a famous tour of different wineries within the Valle de Guadalupe.

Ziggy’s Restaurant offers and promotes local producers and suppliers. They have their own selection of Mexican wines, chosen from a wide variety and cultivated in different regions of the country. Along with their master chef, they make sure to always do great parings with their restaurant’s menus.

At Ziggy’s Bar there is a Mexican wine tasting event every Thursday at 6:00 pm. Ziggy’s experienced chef will prepare delicious hors d’oeuvres to be paired with our wine options. he will also introduce you to the different Mexican wine regions, their different selection of grapes and their history.

These are our favorite wines:

Rosé: Montefiori Sangiovese 2019, from Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California.

White: Semillon 2018, Torre de Tierra, Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato.

Red: Nebbiolo 2015, Barisal, Ojos Negros, Baja California.

If you decide to stay for dinner or have a taste for a more complex texture, they have a House Selection of higher end wines, such as 3V Gran Reserva 2016 by Casa Madero to be paired with an excellent meal.

These wines are not only high quality spirits but also a perfect combination while enjoying the sunset on the beach.

Jackeline Gibbs
B.A. In International Affairs at the UDLA. Has lived in Quintana Roo for over 20 years and even though the hot weather makes her yearn the mountains, she remains faithful to the place she now calls home. Worked in tourism at the Riviera Maya tourism promotion Board and created the first Wedding planning business in Tulum. She is also a Column writter for the magazine “Cancuníssimo”