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Mexico is the oldest wine-growing country on the American double continent or the New World. As early as 1522, the Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortez (1485-1547) had vines planted near Parras de la Fuente for the wine of the Mass. He issued the macabre permission to plant a thousand vines for every hundred dead Indians. According to another version, 100 Indians could be taken as slaves for every thousand vines. Whether the historical Misión (Listán Prieto) was already involved is not certain. Mostly, Franciscan monks are mentioned who are said to have introduced this vine around 1540. As a result, so much wine was produced here that imports from the Spanish homeland were no longer necessary. For this reason, the Spanish King Philip II. (1527-1598) forbade the further planting of vines.

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