Valle de Guadalupe
Valle de Guadalupe, or Guadalupe Valley, is Mexico’s premier wine region located just 30 minutes northeast of the Port of Ensenada. Over the years, the region has grown in popularity and is now filled with well-respected wineries, world-renowned chefs, and chic hotels.
If your idea of wine country is a colorful, scenic countryside with paved roads and vintage Chateau’s, that perception will change with a trip to Valle de Guadalupe.
There are over 100 wineries in the area, a number that has nearly doubled since 2014, accounting for 80-95% of all Mexican wine production. The region focuses on red Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot, however, you will see other varietals like Petite Syrah, Barbera, Tempranillo and sometimes Chardonnay.
The types of wineries range from large-scale productions like L.A. Cetto and Monte Xanic to wineries producing just 1 to 2 bottles a harvest. Some of the popular vineyards in the area are El Cielo Valle de Guadalupe, Finca La Carrodilla, and Vena Cava. There is no shortage of creativity in winemaking in the Guadalupe Valley and the innovation just seems to be getting started.
The hotel scene in Valle de Guadalupe is booming alongside it’s growing Viticulture. There are no large hotels in the Valley, adding to it’s intimate and rustic feel, and the types of accommodation range from luxury stays to glamping sites.
When it comes to luxury in the Valley, it’s quite clear which hotels come out on top: Encuentro Guadalupe and Bruma, both of which have their own vineyards and restaurants on-premise. Encuentro Guadalupe is quite literally tucked away into the mountains, having it’s individual, loft-like rooms built into the valley’s landscape. While on the pricey side, the experience is second to none. The same goes for Bruma: a hotel, vineyard, and restaurant that’s nothing short of pristine and the architecture is just as unique and the experience of your stay.
The food in Valle de Guadalupe is just as unique as it’s hotels and vineyards. Mexican cuisine as a whole has long been a favorite of American culture, but not necessarily widely regarded in a fine dining sense. But in recent years, we’ve seen that regard shift thanks to restaurants like Pujol and Quintonil in Mexico City, and now here in the Guadalupe Valley.
Restaurants like Corazon de Tierra and Deckman’s en el Mogor, home to Michelin-starred chef Drew Deckman, are testaments to this shift. Locally sourced seafood and organic, farm-to-table ingredients are the standard at these establishments and the ambiance, rustic yet sophisticated, stays true to the newfound Guadalupe Valley style.
Valle de Guadalupe offers an alternative to taco stands and micheladas (both of which we would not forgo!), but it continues to prove how diverse and eclectic Baja, California really is. It’s one of the many reasons we’re so enamored with this place ????