AGUASCALIENTES CITY SURROUNDINGS
Tourism in AGUASCALIENTES CITY SURROUNDINGS
From springs to charming towns and old haciendas, there is much to admire in Aguascalientes. Further exploration of the state often includes visits to mineral springs. The best are Ojo Caliente, a large recreational park located on the outskirts of the city, and the Valladolid spa, 20 kilometers to the north, in the town of Jesús María. In the countryside surrounding the capital there are also beautiful old haciendas and colonial buildings, spas and the imposing Sierra Fría.
If you like sports, you can practice rock climbing, rappelling, fishing, mountain biking and camping in the rural areas of the state.
The beautiful landscapes of Aguascalientes include those of El Sabinal, Cerro de Muerto, Huijolotes Canyon, Potrerillo Tunnel, Sierra del Laurel and the Sierra Fría mountain region. In these places you will find tour operators that will offer you guided excursions.
In the town of Puestas, visit the Señor del Tepozán monastery and the Guadalupe Sanctuary. Calvillo has a spectacular view of the fruit fields, where you can take a break and enjoy delicious guava sweets. The Los Cuartos ex-hacienda is distinguished by its natural wonders. In Pabellón de Arteaga, visit the ex-hacienda of San Luis de las Letras and delight yourself with a glass of the exquisite regional wine.
In Rincón de Romos, tour the Insurgency Museum and admire its interesting exhibit on Mexican history. San José de Gracia was founded in 1675 in a place called “de Martha”, in honor of its owner. However, its origin dates back to 1100 AD with the arrival of the Chichimecas, who settled there.
The main attraction of the town is the Sanctuary of the Broken Christ. This 28-meter-high steel sculpture covered with bronze is the work of hydro-warm sculptor Miguel Romo Santini, who inspired the poem “My Broken Christ” by Father Ramón Cue Romano. Around the work are 24 representations of Christ from all over the state.
Aguascalientes has the climatic conditions and an ideal height for grape cultivation, which is why since its foundation it already had plantations that grew in number and extension until reaching the second place in vine production in the country, being brandy the most produced drink in the State.
Although the wine boom in Aguascalientes slumbered for a while, as of 2005 local wine production has been revived, producing various labels with varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Parrellada, Blanc de Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Syrah, Mourvedre, Nebbiolo, Garnacha Blanca, Touriga Nacional, Tempranillo, among others.
Currently, Aguascalientes has 205 hectares of wine grapes. There are 18 wineries and vineyards open to the public to provide tourist experiences.
Finca Renacimiento is the name of the 1.7 Ha organic vineyard where the Vinícola Renacimiento project is located. This boutique project is widely recognized by its local and national labels for its quality and special edition. Finca Renacimiento is located at 1,960 m above sea level and has planted strains of Malbec, Tempranillo and Nebbiolo. Fair trade is promoted, as well as the conservation of local flora and fauna. You can enjoy a visit to the vineyard, taste its wines and pair with local products.
Bodegas Origen is a winery that fuses the hydro-warm tradition and the oenological avant-garde. It is where Mexican history and culture meet, we represent the value of those who grow grapes and have passed on their experience from generation to generation.
BODEGAS DE LA PARRA
First certified organic vineyard in Aguascalientes, creators of the first 100% organic certified Mexican wine. This boutique wine house with limited production offers quality wines that are forged and matured in an organic vineyard. Bodegas de la Parra Casa-Ubon wines are an honest expression of their own character that carries the soul of their soil in each glass.
VIÑA ESTACIÓN UTNA
Meet and tour this important project where issues of production, industrialization and marketing of grapes are developed, strengthening and rescuing the wine tradition of the state, generating value and promoting quality and excellence in grapes and wine.
HACIENDA DE LETRAS
Hacienda de Letras built since 1854, with a tradition of more than 40 years as winemakers. In the region, Hacienda de Letras is one of the main wine tourism destinations thanks to its tours of the vineyards and its various varieties of wine. Its tradition and history allows visitors to live experiences through different activities.
The cellar is one of the fascinating places to get to know and live an enriching experience around wine, tastings and good pairing, tours of the vineyards and the nature that surrounds the hacienda for social and corporate events, weddings, video sessions and photography among others.
They are distinguished by the great effort they put into their festivals: Festival El Vino en Colores, Festival Espuma y Vino, Festival 1000 glasses of wine, and Festival La Vendimia.
VINÍCOLA EL AGUAJE
Viñedo el Aguaje began in 2012 with the premise of reviving viticulture through a very specific care process for the vines, focusing on wine production, paying special attention to the quality of a harmonious wine and not to volume.
VIÑEDOS CASA LEAL
Company proudly from Aguascaliente since 1969, Winery, Concentrator and Distiller, with great prestige thanks to the high standards in its products and services. Casa Leal Vineyards, is located on the old road to Zacatecas, the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, a cultural heritage of humanity declared by UNESCO.
VIÑA LAS CRUCES
Visit this 100% family and Mexican company. Our inspiration arises from the intention of promoting wine tourism, promoting the wines that are made in our State. Its privileged location and beautiful facilities have created spaces where you can celebrate the wedding or event of your dreams, delight your palate with some delicious dishes at Las Cruces Restaurant or simply enjoy a guided tour of the vineyard ending with a wine tasting.
Taking up materials previously used in the construction of haciendas; vaults, brick, stone and adobe become the protagonists of this construction, which rescues several architectural principles, reviving the essence of Mexican colonial architecture, generating an atmosphere of total tradition.
VINÍCOLA SANTA ELENA
Vinícola Santa Elena is a project that brings together a group of people of high standards, determined to transmit sensations and experiences that arise from the ground, the wind and the water.
VIÑEDO CUATRO SOLES
We invite you to visit this vineyard, get to know and enjoy its entire line of Cuatro Soles Wines, have fun with sensory tastings, tour the vineyard with a professional explanation, take a memorable photo at the viewpoint of our chapel, one of the best views in the region. , learn to combine wine, bread, cheese and cold meats in a fun way.
Established in 2013 in Asientos, Aguascalientes at a height of 2,020 meters above sea level with a loamy sandy soil, the plant is a French import. The winery as such was formally founded in 2018 as Bodegas Bonart with the idea of merging Mexican art with the passion of making wine, capturing works by artists from Aguascalientes on the labels, which until now have all been by Jorge H. de Loera.
Frague is a boutique winery that started in 2015 as a couple project with the goal of creating high-quality wines, reviving the traditions of Aguascalientes, and inviting younger generations to fall in love with the extensive wine culture. It currently has three labels: Trino Matinal, Nidal Mixto and Nido de Roble.
Residential with vineyards, located in Cariñan, west of the city of Aguascalientes. They have pleasant walks through the vineyard, the lake and its surroundings, as well as a terrace for tastings and pairings, so that visitors can have a unique wine experience. They will also assist you in their wine cellar, restaurant and spa.
VINÍCOLA EL SECRETO
Company born out of love and experience in the production of the best quality wines. Since 2000, out of love for viticulture and in search of a country house to rest, José Luis González Gómez planted his first red globe vines in the community of Punta, Cosío, founding what we know today as Vinícola El Secreto. They currently have 13 different varieties of grapes for winemaking and olive and fig crops, venturing into the Tannat grape, being the first to bring this type of grape to the state.
Vinícola El Secreto stands out for producing very intense grapes thanks to the microclimate they manage; they invest in top quality tools to become the best winery in Aguascalientes.
Vinícola Chacón, is a new oenological project with vineyards and a winery owned by the oenologist Carlos Chacón that welcomes oenological tourism with guided tours by appointment, any day of the week, they will be able to receive a broad explanation about the vegetative processes of the plants, the complete process of vinification and finish with a tasting of their red and white wines in their cellar with controlled temperature in a natural way that is 5 meters underground. You can buy cold meat dishes, cheeses and wines of your choice at the place.
Complementary Attractions of the AGUASCALIENTES Wine Route
The Hacienda de San Isidro de los Garabatos, as it was originally known, located in the north of the State of Aguascalientes in the Municipality of Pabellón de Arteaga, was founded at the beginning of the 18th century. The Hacienda Garabato is characterized for being one of the first haciendas where the raising of fighting bulls began in Mexico. And appear for years as one of the main bullfighting cattle farms in the entire country. Likewise, agriculture and the raising of small cattle (sheep) prospered in the Hacienda Garabato.
It is located in the old Hacienda de San Blas in Pabellón de Hidalgo in the municipality of Rincón de Romos, Aguascalientes, where one of the most important historical events of the Mexican War of Independence took place; Being part of Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s route to the north of the country, after the defeat of the insurgent army in the battle of Puente de Calderón, Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla was stripped of command of the Insurgent Forces by a military junta.
on January 24, 1811. In recognition of the historical and museographic values of the place, UNESCO recently named it “Cultural Heritage of Humanity”, since it is part of the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.
FINCA CUATRO CAMINOS
It is a very special place where nature and bullfighting coexist harmoniously. There are thousands of olive trees of different varieties and in the center of this incomparable setting a stone Bullring is born that becomes the heart of the place.
Accompanied by a large lake. There is a beautiful adobe farm, where you will be surrounded by bull heads and countless bullfighting posters and photographs, and where you can see the machinery (exported from Spain), learn how Arturo Macías olive oil is made and the olive, from its extraction from the tree to the different processes that the olive has to go through to get to its bottling, totally from Aguascalientes: “Arturo Macías Extra Virgin Olive Oil”.
In 2019, the AgroSutti Cheese Project was born as a response to the search for Granja Makelisa with the desire to give added value to its milk, which has been for three generations the activity that gives life to all the families that collaborate there.
During 2018, the construction of the AgroSutti facilities begins with a railway style and context, taking into account its proximity to the Rincón de Romos Station and the bond that the Sutti Family has had with the Railway for a lifetime, in addition to the impact that has marked this in the State of Aguascalientes.
At the end of 2019, the production of asadero cheese begins, initially with a volume of 2.5 tons per week, consolidating itself as a reference company in the region. In 2020 it expanded its facilities from 200 m2 to almost 500 m2.
AgroSutti is one of the venues of the Aguascalientes Wine Route, offering its visitors a very complete experience that includes the encounter with nature, the production of milk from its origin, that is, from the moment a future dairy cow is born, their food and obtaining milk, as well as the artisanal production of cheese and wine, the latter being a family tradition that has transcended since the beginnings and founders of Granja Makelisa. Currently, the plant produces asadero, panela, aged, mozzarella and chihuahua cheese of the best quality and 100% milk.
In Goaty the family traditions that come from our country are preserved, that is why Goaty was born in 2015 with the idea of maintaining the consumption of goat’s milk in each family of our clients, with the elaboration of a drink created with goat’s milk. freshly milked goat and a mixture of coffee, chocolate and alcohol called “pajaretes”. Currently they take their ideas and traditions beyond the limits, creating a variety of products derived from goat’s milk such as rompopes, cajetas, sweets and cheeses.
ECUESTRE REAL CAÑADA HONDA
Ecuestre Real Cañada Honda is a comprehensive center created 12 years ago with a medieval architectural concept, which upon entering automatically transports us to another era. In this place, riding classes are taught and the National Equestrian Circuit of the Wine Route is held. In addition, the equestrian center has a cellar, which has a wide selection of the best wine labels in the State, as well as various spaces for social events, both in halls and in its many gardens.
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Founded in 1546 by Juan de Tolosá in a semi-desert area, it has the air of a ghost town, due to its stone buildings, its rustic surroundings and its low population. It houses two interesting religious monuments: the Temple of the Lord of Tepezalá and the Temple of Our Lady of Refuge or Bethlehem. Other places of interest are the San Pedro Mine, the El Camiral ecological ranch and the former Las Pilas and Mesillas haciendas.
Pabellón de Arteaga
It is a town created in 1929 as a result of the construction of the Plutarco Elías Calles Dam. Among its places of interest are the Temple of Guadalupe and the Sports Museum. It also has natural attractions such as the El Milagro de la Alameda recreational center, the Barranca de Santiago and the Vivero Forestal.
Rincón de Romos
In this town, founded in 1639, are the Temple of the Lord of Angustias, the Lutheran Basilica, the Chapel of San José, the Main Square and the Potrerillo Tunnel. Another of its attractions are old haciendas, such as El Saucito, now converted into a rustic spa; the one in San Blas, now Pabellón Hidalgo, which houses the Insurgency Museum inside and is part of the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, and the one in Jacinto. Nearby are the Barranca Juan Caporal, the San Blas Dam and the Barranca de Huejúcar.
San Francisco de los Romos
Here are the Toy Museum and the House of Culture. Other attractions are the old haciendas San Ángel, Loretito, El Mexquite, La Guayana and Puertecito de la Virgen.
This town acquired particular importance when the Great Central Mexican Foundry was established in 1895, and the enormous brick construction called the Old Furnace of the Foundry bears witness to that time. Other points of interest are the Temple of Jesús de Nazareno, the Municipal Palace, the Armillita Dynasty Bullfighting Museum, the Old Hacienda de Garabato, the Ex Hacienda de Cañada Honda and the Ex Hacienda de Jaltomate, one of the oldest in the city. entity. Nearby are the Los Cuartos Ecological Center, the Huijolotes Canyon and the vineyards.
Sierra Fría Ecological Reserve
It is considered the lung and main aquifer of the state. It occupies an area of 112,090 ha of mountains and forest. It includes the Sierra de San Blas, the Sierra Pabellón and Sierra Fría. Inside this mountainous massif is Cerro de la Ardilla, the highest in the state at 3,050 meters above sea level. The reserve is crossed by the La Congoja-El Temazcal Scenic Highway.
Among the places of interest in this population are the Temple of the Virgen de la Luz, the Municipal Palace. Nearby are the town of Los Conos and the former haciendas Palo Alto, Los Fortines, Las Trojes and Los Establos. It has natural attractions such as the Cerro Grande, the springs and the Cueva del Pirul.
Sierra del Laurel
This area of singular beauty is home to a unique ecosystem in the state, the subtropical scrub, which has species such as ceiba, pitaya and garambullo, among others.
AGUASCALIENTES' Magic Towns
San José de Gracia
The most outstanding feature of this town is the enormous monument called the Broken Christ of the Island, erected in the heart of the Plutarco Elías Calles Dam, which has restaurants and, among other activities, boat rides and ATVs. Other points of interest are the Potrerillo, Tolimique and Jocoque or Jocoqui dams, the Boca del Túnel Park, El Ocote, the Los Alamitos ecological camp, the San José Yacht Club, the vineyards and the HaciendadeLetras winery. In the town you can visit the Municipal Presidency and the Garden of Zaragoza.
Real de Asientos
This magical town, founded in 1694, preserves a good number of mansions and buildings from its boom period derived from mining activity. Among its attractions are the Temple of Our Lady of Bethlehem, which houses the Pinacoteca and the so-called Tunnels, underground aqueducts 70 m long; the Sanctuary and Ex-Convent of the Lord of Tepozán –patron saint of miners–, which has a beautiful collection of altarpieces representing the Way of the Cross, the work of Miguel Cabrera; the Temple and Sanctuary of Guadalupe; the Chapel of the Sacred Heart; the Larrañaga House; the Miner’s House; the Cemetery of Guadalupe; the Living Museum of Plants, and the Museum of Cactaceae.
For the practice of ecotourism, it has places such as the Prieto, Altamira, Chiquihuite and Cerrito de los Flojos hills. Other attractions are the old haciendas Ciénega Grande, El Tule, Los Campos, San Rafael and Santa Apolonia de los Pilotos.
It is the most important guava producing center in the country and is distinguished by the production of candies and preserves of that fruit. Among its places of interest are the Temple of the Lord of Salitre, the Sanctuary of Guadalupe and the Church of San José, in addition to El Parián and the Municipal Presidency. Other attractions are the Hacienda Peñuelas –which is part of the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro–, the Malpaso Dam, Los Aliso, the Sierra del Laurel and the Sierra Fría, an ecological zone made up of pine, oak and elm forests.
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