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Most of Mexico’s grapes are used for products other than wine: raisins, table grapes, brandy. The climate is extremely hot, which helps produce healthy, plump grapes. However, these conditions do not allow grapes to develop aromas and flavours required for decent wine. Therefore, it is in regions which have cooling sea breezes, such as Baja California, where wines are produced. 90% of all Mexican wines are produced here, with the most notable sub-region being Guadelupe Valley.

The best wines are full-bodied reds, with the most common grape varieties being
Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Grenache (reds), Chenin Blanc, Palomino, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon (whites).

Sometimes, imported grapes are used to produce wines in Mexico. “Hecho en Mexico” denotes wines which are made from 100% Mexican grapes.