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  • Art Kramer | October 27, 2016 4:30 PM ET

    Top Mexican Spirits: Guanajuato’s Wine and Tequila Circuits

    Top Mexican Spirits: Guanajuato’s Wine and Tequila Circuits

    Photo courtesy of the Guanajuato Tourism Board

    Discover and appreciate the state’s culinary bounty with a glass of wine in hand. Guanajuato is the gastronomic heart of Mexico, with various culinary events like gastronomic weeks, festivals, meetings of national and international chefs and even vineyard tours in several municipalities, which disseminate traditional cuisine and new culinary trends.

    Wine Circuit: Live a wine experience

    This circuit seeks to familiarize the visitor with wine production, from the vineyards to the finished bottle. Tastings reveal the range of wines created across the state. Undoubtedly, the Guanajuato wine is the finest representation of a vast territory and it can be enjoyed around San Miguel de Allende and Dolores Hidalgo.

    Start your tour by visiting the Vega Manchon winery, situated along the Dolores Hidalgo-San Luis de la Paz highway. Take a short walk among its vineyards as you find out about the different types of grapes produced there. After a visit to its wine cellar, you can take part in a wine tasting and pairing with local artisan and gourmet products. Pick up your glass of wine and head up to the main building, where you’ll be able to watch the sun going down over the vineyards.

    Your next stop should be the Rancho Santa Gloria, an oasis of creativity and architecture that rediscovered the winemaking techniques of the ancient Romans. You’ll get the chance to make a handcrafted wine with grapes such as Montepulciano, Tempranillo and Grenache. The ranch is situated along the San Miguel de Allende-Queretaro highway.

    The circuit comes to an end at Vinicola Toyan, a winery also situated along the San Miguel de Allende-Queretaro highway. Here you’ll discover the mysticism and fantasy enshrined within the property, beyond anything you could ever imagine.

    There are other vineyards we recommend you to visit: Santisima Trinidad, Bodega Dos Buho, Rancho Toya and Cuna de Tierra.

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    Tequila Circuit

    Dare to live this unique experience — braver souls drink it straight, while others accompany it with salt and lime or mix it in a cocktail. Guanajuato has created the Tequila Circuit, a route that will take visitors on an indulgent journey where they will learn everything about this legendary Mexican liquor.

    As part of the circuit, visitors will have the opportunity to bring their tequila tasting prowess to a whole new level, appreciating all of its components and flavors.

    At the end of the tour, visitors will be able to understand the process of making tequila, from cultivation, harvesting, milling and baking, to fermentation, bottling, the aging and tasting.

    Along this route, you can admire majestic blue agave plantations and learn the highlights of this delicate alcoholic beverage, recognized as a symbol of national identity: When one thinks of Mexico, tequila definitely comes to mind.

    The Tequila Circuit will take place in the Penjamo municipality, to the southeast of Guanajuato. The route includes stops at the Tequilera Corralejo tequila house (with a beautiful hacienda and museums on site), El Rancho San Fernando, El Rancho Coyote and Bodegon de la Dolce Cita.

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Art Kramer Guanajuato Explorer

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