Camilo Magoni has been making wine in Mexico longer than anyone. An Italian winemaker who came to Baja California over 40 years ago, he has tried out hundreds of wine varieties and worked for decades at the largest producer in Mexico – La Cetto. Amanda Barnes interviews him on the past, present and future of Mexican wine.
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Amanda Barnes: What do you think will be the next challenge, or the most important job to be done for the next generation?
Camilo Magoni: Consolidate the prestige that Mexico is taking, and we have to make the maximum effort to put Mexico on the map of wine producing countries.
Amanda: Excellent. And one way many countries put themselves on the map is with one variety. You’ve experimented with 112 varieties, what do you think are the varieties that work best here in Baja California?
Camilo Magoni: I don’t know, maybe it will be the 113th! I don’t know. That is a decision that we have to take all together in a meeting, because it is not possible to have the conclusion, or impose one variety. So we need to sit and put it together. But it is very important to have one wine that represents us in the world.
Music by La Revolucion de Emiliano Zapata