In a recent article for Classic Chicago Magazine, author Robert Glaze talks restaurants, wineries and more of his top picks in San Miguel de Allende. Read what he has to say about the wine scene and his favorite spots in SMA below…
Splitting my time between Chicago and my home in San Miguel for the past 12 years, I have seen a great number of changes to this small, central Mexican city—particularly in the past few years. As a result of recently taking fifth place in Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Reader’s Choice Awards in the Best Cities in the World category and number three on Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Cities list, San Miguel de Allende has become a weekend and holiday destination not only for residents of nearby cities like Mexico City but also for American, Canadian, and European tourists.
With this increase in tourism, the city is booming with new restaurants, wineries, boutiques, and hotels.
Cuna de Tierra is a stunning winery about 40 minutes from San Miguel, on the outskirts of Delores Hidalgo. The area is perfect for red wines. Tierra’s blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, and Cabernet Franc just won a medal in Madrid, Spain, and was a rich, full-bodied red with berry notes.
They offer wine tastings, tours, and special dinners by appointment—call or email them to set something up.
The buildings are located in the middle of the vineyards and are very contemporary and sleek in design. There is a winery, a separate wine cave, and a beautiful tasting room. The views are really exceptional, so make sure to climb the observation tower, a short walk from the winery. You can now buy their wines at a small store at Correo #12 in San Miguel, just a block from the Jardin at the corner of Sollano. Here you can shop for, but not taste, their great wines.
On the other side of Delores Hidalgo, closer to San Miguel, is the new La Santisima Trinidad. This is a spectacular property consisting of a luxury housing development, lavender fields, olive trees, a vineyard and winery, a small boutique hotel with six rooms, and a restaurant. They produce their own dried lavender and essential oil, olive oil, and wines. Make sure to book a tour and wine tasting ahead of time on their website or by phone: 556 926 5657.
I enjoyed the tour by Argentinian-born winemaker Mailen Obon. It was followed by a lovely tasting in the winery/tasting room that featured local cheeses and a rosé blend of malbec, cabernet, syrah, and carminetti, plus two red wines: a malbec and a blend of tempranillo, malbec, syrah, and cabernet franc. All were excellent.
After the tasting, I enjoyed a lovely lunch of a salad and pasta in their small farm-to-table restaurant featuring their local organic produce. You can buy wines at the winery or at their new tasting room at Doce 18 Concept House in San Miguel.