Hernando Cortés Mission Vineyards

California’s finest with a rich history

Our Winemakers Edition is a masterful blend of rich Cabernet Sauvignon & Zinfandel, flavorful Syrah & Petit Syrah and smooth Merlot, creating layers of dark red fruit complemented by hints of vanilla and mocha.

Hernando Cortes Winemakers Edition 2012 begins with aromas of plum and blackberry. This wine has an intense fruit flavor, however, the fruit does not overwhelm and the complexity of other flavors comes through very nicely. There are aromas of vanilla, spice, and maple. The wine tastes of juicy mixed berries and dark fruit, as well as brown sugar and then a little spice that gives way to a finish of lingering chocolate and maple syrup.


Hernando Cortés, Spanish Conquistador and Conqueror of Mexico, was appointed the Captain General of New Spain and the South Sea by the King of Spain in 1521. In 1525 Cortés ordered the planting of wine grapes in California. The New World wines became so successful, the Spanish Crown began to fear New Spain would become self-sufficient in wine. In 1591 the Spanish Crown forbade all new and replacement plantings which effectively ended the formation of the New Spain wine industry. This lasted for 150 years.

In 1769 Junipero Serra, a Franciscan monk, planted the first Mission vineyard in San Diego. As time went on, 21 missions were established from San Diego to Sonoma. Most of these famous missions still exist.

13.9% alc, available in 750ML