!Salud! Raise a Glass to Aguascalientes
The semi-dry climate makes Aguascalientes a prime region for growing popular grapes like Nebbiolo, Malbec, and Sauvignon Blanc. But Aguascalientes is known for many more grapes than that, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Garnacha Blanca, Chenin Blanc, Viognier, Tempranillo, and others.
Aguascalientes is one of the oldest wine producing regions in Mexico, with wine tradition dating back to 1575. Catholic Monks began fermenting wine in this area for religious purposes. For centuries after this, the wine region sat relatively quiet until 1947 when the grape growing resurgence began.
Today only 25 percent of the grapes Aguascalientes turn into wine, making it one of the most exclusive wine producing regions in Mexico.
Aguascalientes' Award-Winning Wines
Aguascalientes' wine production is gaining international attention quickly. The state took home eight medals in the Mexico Selection by Concours Mondial de Bruxelles Guanajuato 2021 competition. The jury was made up of 28 judges from Belgium, Colombia, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the U.S., who carried out blind tastings and scored the wines.
Aguascalientes won two Grand Gold Medals, three Gold Medals, and three Silver Medals. Its El Secreto Winery took four of the eight medals.
Wine & Spa Weekends in Aguascalientes
Several hotels within Aguascalientes offer the opportunity to combine wine and wellness. These boutique hotels and resorts bring together gorgeous wine, beautiful scenery, and deep relaxation for lovely spa weekend itineraries.
Casa Legado Spa Resort, for example, features 12 exclusive villas and its Tesoro de Agua Spa and Wellness Center. The hotel's spa has a lengthy list of decadent experiences, rituals, massages, and facials. Their Wine Antioxidant ritual, for example, features an exfoliation with grape seed and a massage, followed by a wine-based mask and body wrap. The treatment concludes with a bath of wine and salts, as well as a tasting of one of the sumptuous house reds paired with a cheese board.
Spas like Yolihuani and Hotel Boutique Casa Bugambilias have special facilities like temazcal, sauna, steam room, and Jacuzzi, along with restaurants that serve locally sourced food and Aguascalientes wine.