Don Angelo Cetto (Chet-toe) was born near Trento, the capital city of Trentino, Italy. He survived the first World War and immigrated to Mexico in 1924. Four years later he was using the skills he had learned in the old country to plant vines in Baja California, the Mexican state south of the USA's California.
Mexico couldn't be any different from his homeland, however. Trentino is cold as ice with infamously fast and chilly winds while Mexico is, well, hot as hell. Although Angelo's mission was to make warmer climate Mediterranean style wines instead of Trentino style wines, there were growing pains.
Today L.A. Cetto is the largest wine producer and vineyard owner in Mexico, owning 1600 hectares of land. They produce five different labels, including a line titled Casa Magoni, and 60% of their wines are exported to 27 different international markets. They've won awards in 25 of those countries and a total 132 international prizes.