San Miguel de Allende, a World Heritage Site and colonial treasure in the state of Guanajuato, will be your starting point from which to begin the Wine Circuit where, accompanied by wine producers, you’ll discover how Guanajuato wine has come to be considered the most sentient and exquisite symbol of the territory and its people, a territory rich in cultural and natural heritage and a brave and honest people who, feeling deeply proud of their homeland, dared to imagine themselves free and independent.
What to visit along the wine circuit
Discover and appreciate the state’s culinary and cultural attractions with a glass of wine in hand. Start your tour by visiting the Vega Manchon winery, also known by the name of its famous wine label Cuna de Tierra, situated 11 kilometers along the Dolores Hidalgo - San Luis de la Paz highway and the first stop on the circuit. Spend a short while walking 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. Don’t go away without trying the specialty of the house, freshwater lobster. 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 rediscovers the winemaking techniques of the ancient Romans, where you’ll get the chance to make a handcrafted wine with grapes such as Montepulciano, Tempranillo and Grenache. The ranch is situated 7.5 kilometers along the San Miguel de Allende - Queretaro highway.
The circuit comes to an end at Vinicola Toyan, a winery situated 8.5 kilometers along the San Miguel de Allende - Queretaro highway. Here you’ll discover the mysticism and fantasy enshrined within the property, which are beyond anything you could ever imagine. Its wine cellar was built at a depth of 25 meters and was designed by Martha Molina, its general manager, who believes that two fragments of meteorites that she herself found give her wines the right energy balance. The meteorites are on show in the entrance to the wine cellar and, according to Martha, they help to enhance the wine’s organic properties.
You’ll have to head down a dark ramp lined with 24 strategically positioned pink and black stone monks, lit up in blue and violet in order to provide a balance for the earth’s vibrations. Now you’ve reached the heart of the cellar, or as Martha calls it, “the brain”, where the wines find the peace and quiet needed for the winemaking process. Finish off this circuit with a bang by enjoying an organic meal prepared using products grown in the winery surrounded by tanks in which the winemaking process takes place.