The first vineyard in Quintana Roo is in the community of Noh Bec, in Felipe Carrillo Puerto, a family initiative that is progressing little by little towards the creation of a Quintana Roo wine.
“It was in 2017 more or less when the first plant arrived, my wife planted it in the garden of the house, the first year she gave us about 20 bunches, it was pruned and the following year she gave us about 100 bunches of that same plant, then the idea of making wine was born right there”, recounted José Viveros Tadeo.
From there they have had the support of different people, agronomists and wine experts, but they have also gone through various situations that almost made them give up, until they finally partnered with an agronomist, an engineer and even with the motivation of an Italian, who have assured them that wine can be made.
This project was placed in 2021 and 2022 among the awards for ecotourism innovation, since it was possible to harvest the grapes in the first instance, and wine experts affirm that it will be possible to create a unique wine with the grapes that are being harvested and the wood of the region.
This is how at this moment the entire plantation of grapes has been taking care of, which can be harvested in July and will begin with the tests for the creation of the wine.
“After the half-hectare test worked for us, we are going for five hectares for the production of wine, we are now planting a variety of species, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Moscato (Hamburg), and we want to make barrels with wood certified by the Noh Bec ejido , of commercial forest species, which will be trial and error to see what species of wood gives us good results and is a Quintana Roo wine,” he shared.
Along with this great plan for the first vineyard in Quintana Roo, a comprehensive project is being generated with several residents of the area, to create a whole experience, which goes from cutting the grapes to experiencing the creation process, hiking, vintage, grape maceration and tours to the neighboring communities, with the option of spending the night in cabins that will be next to the vineyard.
“A whole experience of ecotourism, bicycles, horseback riding, there is a small lagoon here about three kilometers away, so we have several people, about 15 ejidatarios, that want to join the project, a cooperative society where we could provide services and even visit the trees and monuments”, the interviewee stated.
Today the vineyard is already visited by national and foreign tourists, and the goal is to continue attracting interest for the growth of the project.
Source: La Jornada Maya