The state of Queretaro is one of the main wine growing regions in the Mexico. No, you probably haven’t heard of it because 90% of the Mexican wine exported is from Baja California. The most common grape varieties found in this area are Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and the sparkling varieties.
We have specific grape varieties we like, so we’ve been buying bottles of Sauvignon Blanc, Tempranillo blends and Nebbiolo wines from the various regions of Mexico. One of the bottles of Sauvignon Blanc we tried was from Puerta del Lobo winery located just on the other side of the airport from where we live. It was fresh with no oak, just the way we like it.
To find out where they were located, we visited their website. Puerta del Lobo offered so much more than we anticipated. They have 6 hotel rooms, space for event functions, a tasting room, restaurant, and they grow Syrah, Cabernet and Tempranillo grapes as well. We decided to check it out.
Driving through La Griega, one of the tiniest towns we have seen so far, we arrived early at the winery. Puerta del Lobo has vineyards covering rolling hills as far as the eye could see, and the view is breathtaking.
The Wine Tasting
Our wine tasting was under a gazebo outside overlooking the vineyards. We tried 3 different wines; the sauvignon blanc, a young syrah, and an aged syrah. The wines were fantastic and so was the food spread. We both liked the sauvignon blanc (naturally, this is the whole reason why we were here) and the aged syrah was my next favorite with notes of chocolate and blueberries.
Puerta del Lobo has a few different wine tasting programs. The Syrah experience sounded interesting. It offers Syrah wine as a rose, young red, and aged red.
More to See at the Winery
Our tasting host showed us around the grounds after the tasting. Because we were visiting during the week, we could peek into the hotel rooms and lounge complete with pool table and wine bar for their guests. The large grassy area in front of the hotel was being set for an event, so I even got a shot of cascading lights from the trees over the wine barrels. The hotel part of Puerto del Lobo is currently booked every weekend for the rest of the year. They do several weddings, family reunions, quinceneras, birthdays, and ceremonies.
Puerta del Lobo Restaurant
After our tasting we ate lunch at the restaurant. Again, the view was spectacular! They even had a bocchi ball area. We ordered duck tostados and seared tuna. The cuisine was every bit as good as a fine dining restaurant. Hummingbirds and butterflies buzzed around us, and we just soaked in every magical detail of the day.
The price for the hotel rooms are reasonable and the vineyards are a dream. They have plans to expand their brand into cheese making and offering real estate. Puerta del Lobo also grows tempranillo (another one of our favorites), and will release their first vintage in January. We are very curious about the tempranillo, so you will see Puerto del Lobo mentioned again.