“A story of friendship and love for wine...”
Dolores Hidalgo has been a wine producing area since the 16th century, characterized by the rebel temperament of its people. There, Father Hidalgo taught the wine-making trade to the settlers who saw the results of their efforts during the harvest. Life was like this, until the troops sent by Viceroy Francisco Javier Venegas destroyed the vineyards, arose the revolutionary spirit of Father Hidalgo and the Dolores’ settlers, and hastened the independence movement that would later conclude in the birth of a new land.
Many years later, Don Juan Manchón arrived at Dolores Hidalgo, expanded vines and befriended Don Ignacio Vega. Together, they began to plant vineyards in the land. Don Juan’s son became an enologist and promised himself to produce wine if he returned to that place. The first hectare was planted in the mid-‘90s. The chosen variety was Cabernet, which 15 years later would be used to make one of the first wines to be sold to the public.
The first vinification process began in 2005, with those grapevines, then more than 15 years of age. The first commercial wines were produced in 2008 and 2010, when the label “Cuna de Tierra Bicentenario” was exclusively for Palacio de Hierro Store.
Quality increased thanks to the traditional methods used to take care of vines. Based on studies and constant experimentation, the differentiating characteristics of Guanajuato’s wine were determined. Currently, six red wines and one white wine are produced, constituting a boutique vineyard of more than 74.1 acres (30 hectares), where many varieties of grapevines and wild grapes are grown for grafted rootstock.
Bodegas Vega Manchón produces high-end wines; limited productions that reflect the expression of Guanajuato’s soil. Vineyards and wineries are located on what is known as “Ruta de la Independencia” (Independence Route), 18.64 miles (30 km) away from San Miguel de Allende, 3.10 miles (5 km) away from Dolores Hidalgo, and 37.28 miles (60 km) away from the capital city of Guanajuato.
Vineyards and wineries are located on the 20th parallel north, outside the well-known wine region located between the 30th and 50th parallels. However, its altitude -1.28 mile (1,960 m) above sea level- allows for ideal maximum temperatures. During ripening, they range from 71.6 º to 78.8 º (22 C to 26 C). Grapes ripen at a slow, stress-free pace, developing the quality components experts appreciate.
Soils are mainly sandy, permeable, with good drainage, and the adequate strength to allow vine roots to deepen and obtain water and quality nutrients. At a depth of 23.62 in (60 cm) a calcium carbonate substrate impregnates the soil, generating mineral and wet earth matrixes for the wines.
The area’s meso-climate is semi-arid, with an effective accumulated temperature of about 2,000 sun hours. This is ideal for the production of elegant, brilliant wines, with moderate alcohol levels, wide tannic structure, crisp acidity, and a balanced, medium body.
More than 50,000 vines in 49.4 acres (20 hectares) constitute a priceless treasure. Farming work is designed to obtain balanced vineyards with the right amount of well-exposed leaves, so as to receive enough sunlight and produce photosynthesis and fermentation, which later turn grapes into alcohol.
The vineyard offers different varieties, fine red and white, with the folowing distinction:
• Cabernet Sauvignon
• Cabernet Franc
• Petit Syrah
• Sauvignon Blanc