Forget the margarita! With cheap flights to Cancun there's enough vacation money leftover to enjoy some of Mexico's best wines. Mexico has produced varieties of red and white wines since before the arrival of Spanish conquistadors, with many of the country's top wines coming from central and northern Mexico — including the Baja California peninsula. Wineries from around Mexico send its top-selling vintages to Cancun's many beachfront restaurants, giving tourists the best of both worlds.
A Wine Lover's Paradise
Cancun is quickly becoming a world foodie- and wine-lover's destination. Case in point: the city serves as host to the annual Cancun-Riviera Maya Food and Wine Festival, which draws 25 world-renowned chefs and 50 internationally acclaimed wineries. Resorts and hotels also offer cooking classes and wine tastings. Within the Hotel Zone in Cancun, a new adults-only, wine-inspired resort called Secrets The Vine Cancun just opened last year with seven restaurants, a designated wine tasting area led by expert sommeliers, and a wall-mounted wine rack offering 3,000 different wines!
The Xcaret Wine Tour in Cancun gives visitors and taste of Mexico's artisanal winemaking culture and history in the Vino de Mexico Wine Cellar at Xcaret ecological park in Cancun. Led by a sommelier, guests learn about Mexico's 150 different wines, its unique characteristics, and tips on how best to enjoy these vintages. The tour goes through the park's underground chambers, lasts 90 minutes and includes tasting and pairing wines with five Mexican dishes. Bottles of wine and other souvenirs can be purchased at an onsite boutique.
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