20 Latino-Made Wines For Your Next Girls Night
With the increased focus on shopping at Latino-owned businesses, you won’t be surprised to find that there are dozens of wineries owned by former migrant workers and children of immigrants to supply your next bottle. These 20 Latino-made wines are sure to be a hit at your next girls night in Stop by if you’re ever in Napa Valley, or sign up to have a case delivered – you’ll be set for the holiday season!
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In 1967, Pablo Ceja, his wife, and their six children moved from Mexico to Northern California. Four more children and 15 years later, two of his sons led the way to purchase 15 acres of their own land to make the family’s dream of owning a winery a reality. Now spanning 113 acres, Ceja Vineyards is still a fully family-run operation that produces red, white, rose, and dessert wines for all palates.
Mi Sueño Winery
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With a motto of “si se puede,” you know this place puts all of their heart and soul into their wines. Lorena and Rolando Herrera founded the winery the same year they got married and have spent the more than 20 years since then nurturing their dream. The winery’s 1999 Los Carneros Chardonnay was served at White House dinner honoring then-president Vicente Fox of Mexico in 2001.
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Formerly known as Fausta Family Vineyards, this winery changed its name to Fathia – which means victorious – to honor the people whose hard work and friendship allowed Fausta Franco-Guerrero and her family to make their dreams a reality. Franco-Guerrero grew up in the Sonoma Valley and knew she never wanted to leave, so when she met a man who felt the same way, they got married and got started on building their vineyard. Fathia focuses primarily on red wines, though their Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscat wines are all worth a look, as well.
Madrigal Family Winery
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Madrigal Family Winery is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. It’s being run by the third generation of the Madrigal family in the U.S. and produces about 6,000 cases of wine per year, specializing in single-vineyard and estate wines. Visitors can grab a cheese plate with their wine tasting or sit down for a full lunch spread right between the vines.
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Gustavo Brambila is the son of a migrant vineyard worker and winery mechanic. He was one of the first Latino graduates of UC Davis’s oenology program and keeps close to traditional, old-world winemaking techniques. Brambila was portrayed in the movie Bottle Shock, which tells the story of how California wines went up against European powerhouses in competition and won.
Guillen Family Wines
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Unlike most wineries on this list, the Guillen Family Wines organization has their roots in Oregon. Jesus Guillen arrived in Oregon in 2002 with the goal of learning English and using his computer systems engineering degree, but two tastes of incredible wines led him to become a winemaker. Now, he and his family are creating their own Pinot Noir wines at affordable price points.
Alex Sotelo Cellars
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Alex Sotelo breathed the fresh air of Napa Valley and knew that something special awaited him there. Though he knew nothing about winemaking, he studied English, the arts, and viticulture in college and eventually released his first wine under his own label. His Seven Stars Moscato is named for his seven sisters.
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Marita’s Vineyard was founded by Bulmaro Montes, who simply couldn’t leave the winemaking life after his retirement as Vice President of Operations for Joseph Phelps Vineyards. His sons helped him start the operation in 2001, and it is named for Montes’ youngest daughter, Mara. The family-owned vineyard offers wine tastings accompanied with Spanish tapas for guests.
Robledo Family Winery
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Reynaldo Robledo purchased 14 vineyards in California’s wine country area to found the first winery established by a former Mexican migrant worker. The winery produces a range of white, red, and dessert wines as well as olive oil. Robledo and his family consider their grapes treasures that allow them to express the passion and love they have for their home.
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Fernando Candelario makes small batches of wine from premium vineyards to create truly unique wines that tell the story of the land on which they were made. Candelario prides himself on running a company based on passion, hard work, and simple operation principles that allow him to dedicate his time to his goal of making great wines. The company produces primarily red wines.
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Quintessa’s gorgeous, 160-acre property is home to several varieties of wine. The winery offers several tasting experiences, from a simple, sit-down lesson to a grand tour of the grounds, including the caves and gravity-flow winery. Described as “exceptional” and “graceful,” these are definitely bottles for a special occasion.
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Lupe Maldonado is a former migrant worker who went from days in the vineyards to owning his own 10-acre plot. He and his son, Hugo, oversee the entire winemaking process while also running a small vineyard management company. The winery’s Farm Worker label honors Lupe’s roots, and its wine club can set you up with quarterly shipments of Chardonnay and more.
Bodega De Edgar
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Edgar Torres began his career in food and drink as a waiter, where he learned about wines and their creation. He founded Bodega de Edgar in 2007 with just 250 cases of wine, a number that has exploded to 2,500 cases per year. Torres focuses on creating delicious yet affordable wines, though his latest release is yet to come.
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Owned by a Mexican immigrant and made by a Sacramento, Calif. native, Encanto sells Cabernet Sauvignons, Pinot Noirs, and Sauvignon Blancs. The winery strongly believes in balanced wines that are influenced by their climates, making each vintage taste unique. Their wines have won gold medals at the World Wine Championships, scoring at least 90 points for each win.
José Wine Caves
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Named for a brother who passed away, José Wine Caves is a gorgeous property that includes olive trees, vineyards, and sprawling vistas of California wine country. The company creates a variety of wines from grapes that thrive in hot and rocky areas, such as Aglianico, Montepulciano, Dolceto, Petit Verdot, and Sauvignon Blanc. Jose Wine Caves’ extra virgin olive oil – called Mi Tesoro – makes a perfect pairing.
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What began as a vineyard management company eventually developed into a vineyard of its own. Oscar and Denise Renteria work together to implement new vineyard technologies and market their brand, which is named in honor of their three daughters. The company creates elegant and unique wines named for important people and moments in the family’s history.
Herencia Del Valle
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This winery considers itself “the heritage of the valley,” and it’s easy to see why. With a deep dedication to acknowledging the history of winemaking while continuing to improve and innovate it, Herencia del Valle makes small-batch wines that make an impact. Its award-winning wines have already sold out for this year, but keep an eye out for new allocations.
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After years of working in the wine industry as a cellar master and private vineyard contractor, Ignacio Delgadillo, Sr. and his son founded their own label in 2001. The family owns two vineyards and focuses on making fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
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Miriam Ramirez had a dream: to be a business owner and have her own winery. Now Miriam Puentes, she and her husband, Juan, have made the dream a reality. The name Honrama is a combination of Honorio Ramirez Mata, Miriam’s father’s names. Honrama Cellars offer a variety of affordable reds and whites, along with a wine subscription club in the works.
Llamas Family Wines
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This family with migrant worker roots now works in the offices of their own vineyards and winery. Founded by Oscar Llamas in 2009, the winery is a family affair. His wife, Lola, is a wine consultant. Alex Llamas, who worked in the fields as a child alongside his parents, helps source grapes from vineyards farmed by his family. Llamas Family Vineyards releases just a few wines per year. Right now, you can get your hands on a Chardonnay or two vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon.
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