Mexican Americans The Next Wave Of CA Winemakers
So Mexican-Americans are a rising subset of winemakers in California, according to a new report and the success of a newly formed organization, Napa Valley Mexican-American Vintners Association. Interesante, ¿no? The group’s mission according to their website is:
…to promote Napa Valley wines produced by Mexican-American vintners, to advocate quality standards for its members and to promote and support the contributions of Mexican-Americans in the wine industry.
Organizational programs will include exporting member wines to Mexico and the world, support for current and future members in all wine related areas and educational opportunities for the general public and students interested in a wine industry profession.
Check it out, a report from The Amateur Gastronomer noted that Latino winemakers are on the rise in the Napa Valley in California, and held a bautizo, or christening at the end of July to mark a new organization, the Napa Valley Mexican-American Vintners Association. According to The Amateur Gastronomer:
As our long time friend Rolando Herrera, President of NVMAVA and owner of Mi Sueno Winery, explained:
“From its inception we felt that we owe it to our community, our heritage, and most importantly, to our ancestors whose strong work ethic and sacrifices laid the foundation for our own success. Through our collective and united efforts we will strive to nurture and support future generations of Latino growers, vintners and executives.”
What’s more, Reach Hispanic published a list of Latino wineries in the Napa Valley:
▪ Alex Sotelo Cellars
▪ Ceja Vineyards
▪ Delgadillo Cellars
▪ Encanto Vineyards
▪ Maritas Vineyard
▪ Mi Sueño Winery
▪ Maldonado Vineyards
▪ Renteria Wines
▪ Rios Wine Company
▪ Robledo Family
▪ Voces Wine
This is all going on even as wine makers are increasingly seeking out Latino consumers to be wine drinkers. I guess Latino wine is no longer just limited to South America.
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