BOUTIQUE MEXICAN WINE DEGUSTATION

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This boutique Mexican wine degustation is a private tête à tête hosted  by Mexican wine expert & wine producer, César Margain.

Talk to Mexican sommeliers and they will tell that Mexico is producing a plethora of great boutiques wines.  
Cruise the local bistrots, cellars & supermarkets, and you will truly struggle to find any Mexican wine at all!  

That is exactly why we created this compact 1.5hour wine tasting. To bring Mexico's best boutique wine successes out of the cellar! .

Learn about the nuances, history, terroir & politics of boutique wine with the local wine producer who kickstarted the pro-local sommelier scene itself.

Focusing on boutique local wines with great flavour and great stories!

This private wine tasting is unique in Mexico, & unique in the world.

It showcases wine from the very best of Mexican boutique vineyards - wines coming from small estates  and very distinct regional terroir.

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I did two tours with StyleWalk and both were fantastic and absolute highlights of Mexico City. (They) set up an excellent Mexican wine tasting with a winemaker/wine shop owner. Absolutely a first rate tour! 

Andrew, Consultant for CellarTracker USA>>

MEET YOUR MEXICAN WINE EXPERT & HOST 

César Margain is a truly loveable Mexican wine expert. Humble, knowledgeable, & entertaining.

César (center), & sommelier Chris Guevara, with guests from the International Women's Club of Mexico City.

This wine tasting is presented in an intimate, private setting hosted by successful restaurant owner and chef, César Margain. César is responsible for opening Mexico City’s first ever Mexican boutique wine concept store, dedicated to showcasing the small vineyard production of Guadalupe, Baja California and Zacatecas.

Now in his fourth year of business, César has had a massive impact on the wines that local restauranteurs and sommeliers offer select for their winelists. As a wine producer himself, he regularly collaborates with local and international oenologists, creating some fabulous stories and insider know-how to share at the table.

As a wine producer himself, Cesar regularly collaborates with local & international oenologists, creating some fabulous stories & insider know-how to share at the table.

Although César is profoundly knowledgeable in terms of technicalities and history, his personal style is open and delightfully affable. Exactly what you need to sit back and relax, discover and understand.

César signs a bottle of wine for Napa Valley's Silverado winemaker, Jon Emmerich.

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We started our 5 hour La Roma and Condesa Tour  (with) a private wine tasting with Chef Cesar and his crew. Glowing with delicious Mexican wine and a taste of citrusy refreshing ceviche, we walked through the bohemian La Roma side streets.

Jonathan C, Whole foods wine buyer, Califormia USA

Cesar's colleague, sommelier Cris Guevara, and the International Women's Club of Mexico City at the wine tasting room.

You do not need to be a serious wine collector or to have Nikola Tesla’s nose to enjoy this seated tour.
All are welcome.

LOCAL MEXICAN WINE: THE BACK STORY

Bichi Rosado - 3rd place winner of the Copa Syrah Awards 2017.  It's very hard to find a bottle in Mexico City. 

Mexico has an incredible 500 year old vineyard history, starting with the arrival of the Conquistadors, but in a terrible disservice to the country, most of the wine you'll find here is from Chile or Argentina. Don't be fooled however, Mexico is in a booming phase of wine development and accomplishment. Though the industry is still in its infancy, its vines are not! 

Less than 6 or 7 years ago, you were hard pressed to find even a single Mexican wine on supermarket shelves or in restaurant cellars.  Even the most famous local restaurants with a rigorous pro-Mexican gastronomy agenda, still served elite French and Spanish wines with their dishes (mainly because that's what their clientele expected)!

Mexico has an incredible 500 year old vineyard history prompted by the arrival of the Conquistadors.

This makes it all the more astounding that French, Spanish, Chilean & Argentinian wines dominate the market. 


Thankfully things are changing. However, the general awareness of what wine IS available in Mexico and the scope and complexity of its varieties remains pitifully scarce. After a couple of days of eating out in Mexico City you'll soon realise that Mexico's handful of commercial wine producers dominate the market.

And though we are happy to see some (albeit it repetitive) Mexican representation, the sad fact is you won't be able to authentically wine graze by simply dining out. 

That is precisely where we step in and come to the rescue! This private wine tasting opens up the true treasure trove of boutique Mexican wines, that otherwise would remain lost in obscurity.

excellent guide la roma walking tour

We did the La Roma tour which ended with a wine tasting. A wonderful experience!  Fabulous, fabulous and even more fabulous!

Anna D, Melbourne, Australia >>

WHAT TO EXPECT ON TOUR

This boutique Mexican wine degustation is casual in style, but precise in knowledge.

The focus of this degustation is small production, Mexican grown and made wine. Though there is formal learning  and knowledge, the atmosphere of this wine tasting is relaxed and informal. Cesar will talk you through the origins of three distinct wines,  the geography where they were produced and the influence of the terroir on the final product.  As a wine distributor César has amazing personal connections with the Mexican winemakers who produce the wines you'll sample, so he is privy to a lot of information and interesting stories that are beyond a normal sommelier's tasting notes.    

You will have the chance to learn about the geography of Mexico’s winemaking regions and its influences on grape production and flavours, to infiltrate the social and political business of wine making in Mexico, and most importantly to savour and enjoy the depth and complexity of wines being produced in Mexico’s hidden boutique vineyards today.

The tipping point.

 Discover why Mexico is in an incredible, blooming phase of wine development. 

Right now.

It is a  degustation that is casual in style, but precise in knowledge.
Think of it as an upscale tete a tete. There are no whiteboards, powerpoint presentations or sales pitches, but there is definitely a lot to learn and you are free to ask as many questions/make as many comments/be as curious, as you like!

Dominant commercial wines by Mexican labels LA Cetto, Pedro Domecq, or Casa Madero, DO NOT feature here. You’ll sample 3 boutique Mexican wines that are petit in scale and distribution. Ones which proudly showcase the secret local cellar phenomenon happening in Mexico!!

YOUR MEXICAN WINE TASTING PROGRAM

Your essential overview!

  • This is a private degustation
  • Duration: 1- 1.5 hours, depending on the questions you ask and what this evokes in the raconteur! You are welcome to stay on informally if you wish!
  • Sample three Mexican wines from vineyards operating at a boutique-level of production.
  • Enjoy, savour and distinguish each boutique wine's unique tasting notes
  • Learn about unique Mexican terroir, winemaking history, and modern political factors underpinning the wine industry in Mexico today.
  • Formal sommelier knowledge in an informal setting

Pop star Gotye (right) popped in for some wine & tapas during his stay in Mexico City.


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WHERE IN MEXICO CITY IS YOUR PRIVATE WINE TASTING?

The degustation takes place in a private wine tasting room located in the centrally located Roma Norte neighbourhood.

When you book you'll receive cut n paste directions for Uber, Cabify or Easytaxi app.



PRICES

Your Mexican wine tasting tour is private. This means you don't share your tour with anyone else.

  • Total for 2pp group  -  US$180
  • Additional members: US$42

*Prices are in US dollars & don't include tax. Should you wish to tip your guide, this is standard hospitality etiquette in Mexico.


HOW DO I BOOK? (AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS?)

Your booking is reserved via our secure online booking platform.
Here's what to expect...

    • Click on the orange booking button.
    • Identify which wine tasting times are available in our live bookings calendar. Remember these are private tours. Once you book a time, the tours is yours and yours alone.
    • Reserve your preferred time/day with our secure online payment gateway.
    • Receive an instant booking confirmation!  Your tour is 100% yours!
    • You'll receive detailed info about tour meeting point, and César's contact number via email.
    • ​The day of your tour, César is waiting for you at the the meeting point, ready to make introductions and to get things started.

    If you need to change the day or time of your tour after booking, just let us know!

    USEFUL INFO FOR VISITORS TO MEXICO CITY

    About us, our clients, common questions, and some travel tips for you.

    1. We are a LGBTI friendly company.

    We are a LGBTI  friendly company. Every sexual, religious, or political orientation is welcome on tour with us. We only work with tour guides who naturally relate well to new people and different lifestyles.. Our guides are openminded, cosmopolitan people, who know that colour and diversity make the world a better place!

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    Clients Mario & Patrick - what can we say.....we LOVE your style!

    2. Check out our partner hotel list. It is drawn from three years of feedback from Stylewalk clients.

    Where you stay in Mexico City can make a HUGE difference to your stay.  Many people think the Frida Kahlo neighbourhood of Coyoacan is the epi-center of CDMX. Logistically speaking, nothing could be further from the truth!  We have partnered with the bnbs and hotels that our tour guests consider to be fantastic Mexico City accomodation options - be it for mid or upscale budgets.

    .3.  We don't accept any third party commissions from any restaurants or shops. 

    We are travellers too and have been on tours in foreign parts of the world where it is obvious that the guide in cohoots with a shop or restaurant for tourist patronage. The experience is horrid. We don't want to be on tours like that so accordingly we only work with guides who are 100% free of shams and paybacks . Read more here...

    4. Giving back. Being socially responsible is built into Stylewalk's business model.

    Aside from directly supporting the best local Mexican businesses, a percentage of your tour payment goes directly to sustainable development projects. Read more here...

    5. FAQs: essential travel tips & common questions for new visitors to Mexico City!

    Have questions about currency, airport pick up/drop off, tour refunds or safety in Mexico City. Check our common visitor FAQs.


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    Our guide set up an excellent Mexican wine tasting with a local winemaker. Absolutely a first rate tour!

    We did the La Roma tour which ended with a wine tasting. A wonderful experience!  Fabulous, fabulous and even more fabulous!

    We started our 5 hour La Roma and Condesa Tour  (with) a private wine tasting with Chef Cesar and his crew. Glowing with delicious Mexican wine and a taste of citrusy refreshing ceviche, we walked through the bohemian La Roma side streets.

    I did two tours with StyleWalk and both were fantastic and absolute highlights of Mexico City. (They) set up an excellent Mexican wine tasting with a winemaker/wine shop owner. Absolutely a first rate tour!

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