Baja California

Definition

Wine

  • a 1,220-km-long, narrow peninsula in northwestern Mexico that separates the Gulf of California from the Pacific Ocean. The coastal fog, warm days and cool nights are climatic conditions similar to those in Napa Valley, California, and the Bordeaux region of France. Wine grapes have been grown on the peninsula since the 17th century, but it was only in the 1980s and 90s that a couple enterprising wineries improved their winemaking techniques and began making quality wine. Today Baja California’s 13 wineries produce nearly 1.5 million cases of wine a year from a wide range of grape varieties and account for more than 90 per cent of Mexico’s wine production.
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