In the Parras Valley, Casa
the oldest winery
in all of North America.
area which is not well known
for wines in the modern world, but that was not the case in colonial
times. The north-central state of Coahuila boasts the oldest winery
in North America, the award-winning Casa Madero Winery in the historic Parras Valley.
The valley is a microclimate that provides a veritable oasis in the desert with mountain springs providing sufficient moisture, and warm (but not humid) days and cool nights in which wine grapes feel comfortabley at home.
The typical varieties of vine grown in the region include those that the early Spanish and Italian settlers brought with them, including White Chardonnay, Chenin blanc, Semillon, Colombard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Tempranillo.
More information about La Laguna - Coahuila wine around the Web:
Laguna Wines - Brief but good coverage of the area
from climate and the types of grapes grown through the history
of the region. The figures of 25% of the grapes grown are for
wine and eating while 75% are for distilling reflects the use
of grapes in brandies and other spirits...and the occasional raisin
and table grape.