Eight of the world’s oldest wineries

Casa Madero, Parras de la Fuente, Mexico – established 1568

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Located in Mexico’s Valley of the Parras in Coahuila, Casa Madero’s history dates back to 1568 when Spanish Conquistadores arrived to to area looking for gold. Instead they found a valley oasis with water springs and wild vines.

However it wasn’t until 1594 that a group of Jesuits arrived having heard of the abundance of springs and wild vines in this area in north eastern Mexico, close to the Texan border. Jerome Ramirez, Francisco de Arista and Juan Agustin Espinosa Valley established the Mission Santa Maria de las Parras and began producing the Valley’s first wines. In 1597, the governor of Nueva Vizcaya, Diego Fernandez de Velasco, officially recognised the area as a wine region giving rise to the Hacienda de San Lorenzo, which today is known as Casa Madero. Casa Madero’s flagship wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo.

4 Responses to “Eight of the world’s oldest wineries”

  1. Rastko Fajndovic says:

    What about Château Haut Brion, The Pontac’s Head and Samuel Pepys?

  2. CHATEAU LA NERTHE (Chateauneuf-du-Pape): first written record 1560, likely to have been established over a century earlier…

  3. Katja says:

    It was not Armenia but Georgia actually. Get your facts straight 😉

  4. Hilda says:

    Growing grapes goes back to 8000 BC and the first people who made wine were Armenians in Areni-1 Cave Complex 6100 BC.

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