MEXICAN WINE TASTING - MEXICO CITY
This boutique Mexican wine tasting is a private degustation hosted by Mexican wine expert & wine producer, César Margain.
We are BIG wine fans, so we created this compact 1.5 hour Mexican wine tasting to showcase the hidden treasures from the Mexico's boutique vineyards!
This is a private tête-à-tête with a charming tri-lingual local wine producer. You'll learn about the nuances, history, terroir, & politics of Mexican wine and sample three boutique styles of regional wine with a unique pairing plate. It's quite a story, that comes with an astonishingly varied palate!
As you will soon discover, finding great Mexican wine in restaurants or supermarkets is simply not a straight forward matter. In fact, you are hard pressed to find ANY Mexican wine, full stop! We are here to overcome the bias of imports to reveal the true depth of Mexico's quietly brilliant local wine.
Focusing on boutique Mexican wines with great flavour and great stories!
This private Mexican wine tasting is unique in Mexico, & unique in the world.
Right here in Mexico City , we showcase wine from the very best of Mexican boutique vineyards - wines coming from small estates and very distinct regional terroir.
Complete with a food pairing plate - a la Mexicana!
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 local winemaker. Absolutely a first rate tour!
MEET YOUR MEXICAN WINE HOST
César Margain is a truly loveable Mexican wine expert. Humble, knowledgeable, & entertaining.
César is able to bring us this wine tasting because of the personal wine cellar he created from living and working in Ensenada - Baja California.
This Mexican 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 Mexican wine producer himself, César regularly collaborates with local & international oenologists, creating some fabulous stories & insider know-how to share at the table.
César is profoundly knowledgeable in terms of technicalities and history, but his personal style is open and delightfully affable. Exactly what you need to sit back, relax, discover, and understand.
César signs a bottle of wine for Napa Valley's Silverado winemaker, Jon Emmerich.
You do not need to be a serious wine collector or to have Nikola Tesla’s nose to enjoy this seated tour in Mexico City.
All are welcome.
We started our 5 hour La Roma and Condesa Tour (with) a private wine tasting with Chef César and his crew. Glowing with delicious Mexican wine and a taste of citrusy refreshing ceviche, we walked through the bohemian La Roma side streets.
PRICES: MEXICAN WINE TASTING IN MEXICO CITY
Your Mexican wine tasting tour is private. This means you don't share this seated 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. If you are travelling solo, please drop us line!
MEXICAN WINE - PRIVATE DEGUSTATION SCHEDULE
This wine tasting is designed to fit in perfectly with your dinner plans. It is conveniently located within the main hub of the best restaurants, so when you finish up your can easily head out to dinner.
Monday - Saturday : 16:30, 17:00, 17:30 ,18:00,18:30
Cesar lived and worked in Ensenada - Baja California for many years enabling us access to a plethora of boutique vineyards you simply won't see at restaurants, bars or wine stores.
Ensenada is also known as the 'Tuscany' of Mexico.
The Director of Stylewalk MX, Laura Ainscough, with one of the local bounties by Cesar Margain.
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 Spanish Conquerors
This makes it all the more astounding that locally speaking, French, Spanish, Chilean & Argentinian wines are the ones which 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 boutique Mexican wine tasting opens up the true treasure trove of boutique Mexican wines, that otherwise would remain lost in obscurity.
The Conquistadors planted a plethora of vineyards in Mexico, but cruising the local restaurants, wine cellars & supermarkets, visitors soon realise it is a struggle to find a wine list NOT dominated by Chilean or Argentinian commercial wine producers.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR MEXICO CITY WINE TASTING
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.
César (center), & sommelier Chris Guevara (below), with guests from the International Women's Club of Mexico City.
It is a degustation that is casual in style, but precise in knowledge.
Think of it as an upscale tête-à-tête. 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 ITINERARY
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.
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!