As San Miguel de Allende wineries mature and Central Mexico wine tourism starts to boom, each year brings new vintages and new opportunities for discovering what the area’s microclimates have to offer its wine drinkers. Here’s a quick buying guide to some of San Miguel’s most delicious vintages and where to find them.
Cuna de Tierra
This architecturally provocative winery has been producing wine since 2005 and selling since 2008. Cuna de Tierra is the area’s most established vineyard, and their award-winning winemaker, Juan Manchón, now advises and assists other local wineries as they begin their winemaking journey in San Miguel de Allende.
What to buy: 2014 was a great year at the winery, but the approximately 60,000 bottles produced that year are now almost impossible to find. Lucky for us, 2015 was even better with lots of hot, sunny days that bestowed upon Cuna de Tierra some award-winning blends.
The Cuna de Tierra Nebbiolo (60% Nebbiolo, 20% Malbec & 20% Tempranillo) and their Pago de Vega blend (Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Syrah 10%, Merlot 5% & Cabernet Franc 5%) have both won medals at the Bacchus awards, Les Citadelles du Vin, CINVE and the Concuors Mondial du Bruxelles.
“[In 2015] we got a really nice and punctual acidity, vintages came out really strong and powerful in nose, with really intense fruit in all the vintages. For the white, a really good acidity developed and a freshness with nice sweet aromas in nose,” says Ana Laura Carrillo, Cuna de Tierra’s Sommelier.
Where to buy: Cuna de Tierra has its own store on Correo street, #12A, you can also pick up their wines at la Europea right down town on Canal street, #13.
The vines of the Dos Buhos’ gorgeous white-washed hacienda are grown on land that has been worked by human hands for more than 50 years. According to Julieta Aguilar Herrera, who runs the winery’s visitors’ department, this intensive care of their earth explains the high quality of their still very young wines.
What to buy: While Herrera waxes poetically about the 2012 and 2014 harvests, she admits that 2017 has definitely been their best year yet. There was no rain during the harvest nor the vineyard’s green cycle nor were there any spring winds during the blooming season to beat up on the grape clusters.
Where to buy: Their boutique yearly production (around 6,000 bottles) means that to quench your thirst you will need to either buy directly from the vineyard or purchase a bottle locally in San Miguel de Allende – Dos Buhos wines are sold at local stores Centanni, Vía Orgánica and Luna de Queso.
Deep inside the Rancho Toyan wine cellar, the tops of bottles peek from the cool earth of the thick adobe walls where their very first harvest in 2008 has been placed to age. The subterranean tasting room has long wooden tables arranged with crystal wine glasses ready for a group tasting, and the trip into the 14-meter deep cava feels like a journey to the center of the earth
What to buy: 2011 and 2012 were particularly good years for the vineyard because of favorable weather conditions and they are especially proud of their 2011 Reserva Especial (Merlot 30%, Cabernet Sauvignon 70%), aged six years in barrel – three years of each grape separately and three together. They also have a 2013 Sauvignon Blanc that sat a quick 6 months in the barrel and has a nice balanced acidity and just a touch of oak.
Where to buy: Toyan wines are only available at Rancho Toyan although they are currently working to place them with several local restaurants in San Miguel de Allende.