Any serious wine lover or globetrotting foodie is hip to the fact that Valle de Guadalupe (or Guadalupe Valley) in Northern Baja California is the NEXT BIG THING!
This relatively small area stretches about 8 miles from West to East and is located only 2 short hours from San Diego by car. Flanked by beautiful mountains on the North and South this quiet countryside is now home to over 160 wineries and dozens of fantastic restaurants with everything from gourmet food trucks serving farm-to-table Spanish-style tapas like Adobe Food Truck or rustic open-air kitchens set in the middle of a beautiful farm like Javier Plascencia's Finca Altozano.
At first glance Valle de Guadalupe might not look like much which is why you need to book a Baja wine tour to discover the true hidden gems. Places like Bodegas Magoni which is owned by the well known and soft spoken winemaker Camilo Magoni who has been making premium wines in Valle de Guadalupe for over 50 years! His new tasting room features a barrel room not for wine but for aged Balsamic vinegar which he keeps in oak barrels for 18 years. And in front of the wine tasting room you will find the oldest oak tree in Guadalupe Valley which is estimated to be over 450 years old. Grab a glass of his prized Nebbiolo or Cabernet Sauvignon/Sangiovese blend and enjoy the shade and rustle of the wind through the leaves on a warm summer day.
Just up the hill from Magoni is a winery featuring futuristic castle structures which are the barrel rooms at Clos de Tres Cantos. Their 100% Chenin Blanc is the perfect glass of wine for the warm, dry climate in Valle de Guadalupe and pairs well with the cheese, bread and olive oil plate they offer all of their wine tasting guests.
And a wine tour in Valle de Guadalupe would never be complete without a visit to Cuatro Cuatros at sunset for a cold cocktail or craft beer. The vibe is always mellow and the music they play is perfect for the setting. After a fun day filled with lots of wine and food and fun this is the perfect place to relax and soak up the beauty of Valle de Guadalupe, Baja's beautiful wine country!
Book a private wine tour in Valle de Guadalupe soon to experience the magic of Baja's beautiful wine country!