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La Estación de Oficios El Porvenir, better known as "La Escuelita" is a project that supports new wine producers throughout the baja wine region.
Have you ever imagined making your own wine production and wine making all decisions, such as grape variety, the type of yeast for wine making, or the origin of the barrels?
It stopped being fiction, and more people now have at their disposal everything necessary for the wine, without having to be a winemaker or wine expert.
In the Valley of Guadalupe, is the "La Escuelita", one of the most innovative projects of Hugo D'Acosta wine, winemaker at Casa de Piedra.
This is a wine school, where during four Saturday sessions normally taught during the month of August, students learn the basic principles of winemaking. This preparation culminates with the opportunity to half a ton of grapes make wine for every two people.
In this way all students learn in theory and practice each of the steps involved in wine making: grinding, inoculation (yeast to the grape), pressed and stored. Besides all the care that must be followed to achieve the best possible quality.
To verify that all winemaking operations within this experimental wine are carried out correctly, there is a brigade of skilled workers led by Thomas Egli, who is the head winemaker. In this way students can get help to make these processes.
But at La Escuelita wines are produced not only the students but also some labels which, thanks to its high level of quality, are now well recognized as Aboriginal and Shimul as well as house wine: Station El Porvenir.
Importantly, through this project, you may see on the local market, more and more labels artisanal producers, who learn to make an inexpensive wine, but without diminishing the quality of the final product.
La Escuelita has some concrete piles, as well as an area with stainless steel tanks, where most of the wine vinified that occurs there, but there are some roof spaces where you can have some plastic tanks. That's where students come prepared for the first time are born and evolve their wine.
The architect Alejandro D'Acosta, who through various materials related to oenology and viticulture, such as stone, wood stakes, glass bottles, fragments of barrels, and some synthetic fibers, was commissioned to transform a former oil factory Olive in a place with extraordinary detail in every corner.
At the main entrance, on one wall, is a mural artist Carlos De la Torre, which clearly represents the trade that takes place there. No doubt we can say that La Escuelita is one of the most important wine projects in the region and in turn is one of the biggest drivers of Mexican viticulture.