December 2, 2013 by brainslightlyfermented
Trouble for Mexican Wine Industry
Change is looming for Mexico’s Guadalupe Valley, a picturesque landscape on the Baja peninsula that is home to some of Mexico’s best wineries- an industry that has been steadily growing for the country. After a midnight, closed-door session, local legislators swiftly voted to open the historic valley to commercial and residential development. Local winemakers are in distress claiming the broad legislature will destroy their industry. Local officials defend their action by claiming the need to capitalize on the growing popularity of the region for economic prosperity. Many of the region’s more impoverished residents support the action citing the need for more jobs in the area, while claiming that the protesting winemakers are merely wealthy foreigners who have moved to the region to capitalize on the growing industry.
Mexico is the oldest wine producing country in the continent, with references to grape growing appearing merely one year after the arrival of Spanish Conquistadors in 1521. Presently, most of Mexico’s grapes are designated for domestic brandy production, with about only 10% reserved for winemaking, as of 2002. Grapes grown in the county include zinfandel, petit syrah, barbera, tempranillo, nebbiolo, and chenin blanc. Baja is the most promising region of the country. NY Times video link above, full article here, Cake song below.