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A Guide to the Guadalupe Valley Wineries: Baja California’s Stunning Wine Country

May 26, 2017
Baja California Guadalupe Valley Wineries

Baja California’s booming wine scene has been making serious waves globally. Could it be? World class wine just 2 hours south of the San Diego border? Since I’m constantly on a mission to seek out and explore hidden gems, I knew a getaway to the Guadalupe Valley wineries or, the “Valle”, was on the horizon.

 

Baja California Guadalupe Valley Wineries

 

And did I find world-class wine? I sure did! This was the perfect “off the beaten path” gem. Dripping with rustic sophistication, the Guadalupe Valley wineries are a must see. The relaxed atmosphere is just unbeatable. Although a far cry from prim and proper Napa Valley, I actually prefer the laid-back, country-charm of this desert oasis. And desert it definitely is. Get used to the swirls of dust as you bounce your way down unpaved roads to some of the best vineyards in the world.

 

Baja California Guadalupe Valley Wineries

 

Here you can be sure to expect not just exquisite wine, but also mouthwatering culinary creations and one-of-a-kind bed and breakfast-style lodging for a quiet and relaxing retreat.

 

Baja California Guadalupe Valley Wineries

 

Location

Guadalupe Valley is located in Baja California, Mexico. It’s about a 2 ½ hour drive from San Diego or 4 hours (depending on traffic and which route you choose) from Los Angeles.

 

Tip 1: If you are carrying American car insurance it will not cover you during your visit to Mexico.

Tip 2: There is an unavoidable toll road in Mexico that’s about 6USD each way (cash only).

 

 

Guadalupe Valley Wineries

 

Baja California Guadalupe Valley Wineries

 

Guadalupe Valley has over 50 wineries, all producing remarkable wines. Large and small, commercial and boutique, you really can’t go wrong. It’s the region’s coastal Mediterranean climate that makes it an ideal location for grape growing. Unlike other major wine regions, the Valle doesn’t have a signature grape. The wines found in the Guadalupe Valley are well known throughout Mexico, but chances of finding them north of the border are pretty slim.

 

Baja California Guadalupe Valley Wineries

 

Go and explore! But if you need a good starting place, popular wineries are Monte Xanic Bodega Vinicola, L.A. Cetto, and Adobe Guadalupe.

 

Where to Eat

 

Baja California Guadalupe Valley Wineries

 

Trust me when I say, the food far exceeded my expectations! In addition to Baja California’s blossoming wine scene, its gastronomy is on point. The Valle de Guadalupe is gaining a status of culinary excellence with a wave of talented chefs emerging. Be sure to also check out Hotel Hacienda Guadalupe’s in-house chef, Chef Ernesto Rocha for some of the best regional cuisine around and stunning views of the valley. Read more HERE about my visit to Hacienda Guadalupe.

 

Baja California Guadalupe Valley Wineries

 

With the Baja Med cuisine craze, some of Mexico’s top chefs have restaurants located right here in Guadalupe Valley. Check out Laja and Corazon de Tierra for world class cuisine.

 

Where to Stay

 

Baja California Guadalupe Valley Wineries

 

Do you want to stay right in the Valle with a sunrise view of the vineyards? You can do it! From charming inns, boutique hotels, to glamping (glamorous camping) resorts, accommodations are speckled all around Guadalupe Valley. Fairly pricey yet still affordable. You can expect to pay between $150-$250 per night. However, budget friendly digs are also available, such as Hotel Meson del Vino at roughly $50 per night.

 

Wine Tours

Wine tours are available if you want to kick back and not worry about navigating your way around Baja. This is a great option if you want to fully enjoy all the amazing food and wine that the Valle has to offer. Check out Baja Winery Tours and Wine Tours Baja for some great package deals.

 

Baja California Guadalupe Valley Wineries

 

Closing advice? Go! And go now. It won’t stay this way forever. The crowds are low, prices are extremely reasonable (especially if you’re used to Napa), the food is world class, and the wine is…excellent. 🙂

 

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Tiffany created Lavender Vines as a place to share her love for Jesus and adventures from around the world. She has a slight obsession with salted caramel lattes, Japanese kimonos, and an ongoing love affair with NYC and Paris.

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