If you have not yet heard of Valle de Guadalupe, it’s safe to say that you are missing out. This exciting Mexican wine region includes over 120 wineries and scores of world-class eateries. Located less than an hour south of the San Diego/Mexico border crossing, the Guadalupe Valley has quickly evolved into one of the hottest wine regions in the West. Valle de Guadalupe is only about the size of Napa, but it produces the vast majority of all Mexican wine.
This popular Ensenada wine country is a must-see destination for wine lovers and for foodies alike. Several hundred thousand people flock to the wine valley each year to enjoy delicious, handcrafted wines in the beautiful Baja California weather. With its Mediterranean climate and close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, this hidden treasure is giving other major wine destinations a run for their money.
No matter your wine drinking style, there are several Valle de Guadalupe wineries that you will fall in love with. Experienced wine lovers can enjoy top-shelf tastings from both large producers and smaller, boutique wineries. Casual enthusiasts and adventure-seekers can bask in the natural beauty of the Baja coastline and expansive landscapes. Mexico truly is one of the friendliest countries in the world. It is the perfect setting to enjoy good company, great wines and warm hospitality.
To get the most out of a visit to Valle de Guadalupe, we suggest booking a private wine tour from San Diego. A guided tour dispenses with the hassle of driving and of stressful border crossings. Tour guides have extensive insider knowledge about the wineries and activities in the region. They can suggest the best spots to try based on your time limits and budget. Be sure to look for a tour company that picks up and drops off at your home in San Diego. Then sit back, relax and enjoy a leisurely day of sipping wine!
Considering a private wine tour from San Diego to the beautiful Valle de Guadalupe? Here are five Baja wine tour destinations with beautiful views that would be perfect additions to your Baja wine country itinerary.
Enjoy a taste of Italy in Baja! Vintner Paolo Paoloni and his family founded Villa Montefiori in 1997 with vines brought over from their homeland of Italy. The winery produces classic wines that are true to the Paoloni family’s Italian wine traditions, but also perfect to savor against a backdrop of beautiful Mexican vistas. Villa Montefiori is best-known for their Italian blends and varietals. Their unique, thriving vineyard includes Nebbiolo, Aglianico, Montepulciano, Nero d'avola grapes, just to name a few.
Villa Montefiori’s tasting room overlooks the Baja mountains as well as their impressive vineyards. Relax on their roomy patio and enjoy the sweeping views of the Ensenada wine country while tasting these classic, top-quality wines.
Adobe Guadalupe is a must-see destination on your Valle de Guadalupe tour. This Hacienda-style estate is brimming with Old World charm. In addition to a working vineyard, the property also has a horse stable and an intimate six-room Inn. Adobe Guadalupe was one of the first wineries built in the region and is a popular stop on private wine tours from San Diego because of the location and its breathtaking views.
Adobe Guadalupe is located in the heart of the Guadalupe Valley. Their vineyard boasts a wide variety of grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Tempranillo, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah. The winery is perhaps best known for their Archangels line of unique red blends.
Vina de Frannes
A little off the beaten path, and down several dirt roads you will arrive at Vina de Frannes. This unique, unpretentious winery sits in the middle of a canyon, surrounded by sprawling hills. If you are a fan of rustic modern architecture and gorgeous mountain views, then you will love Vina de Frannes. The winery has a secluded and peaceful vibe.
In addition to its wines, Vina de Frannes produces a nice line of homegrown olive oils, sourced from their own orchards. With a lovely outdoor patio and two view levels, Vina de Frannes is the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon of sampling wines with friends.
Vinas de Garza
Vinas de Garza is a boutique, family-owned and operated Valle de Guadalupe Winery. This charming winery offers a rustic setting, gorgeous views and a delicious array of creative red blends and white varietals. There are plenty of tables for you to take a load off, relax and enjoy some wines.
Vinas de Garza is popular for their drinkable wines and beautiful atmosphere. The winery is nestled at the top of a small hill, so it’s no wonder that the views are simply amazing. The grounds are lush and spectacular. Their view deck and tasting areas are draped with large Bougainvillea that adds stunning color and drama. The drive up to Vina de Garza is also quite beautiful, with several photo-worthy sights along the way.
No Baja wine tour would be complete without a stop at Cuatro Cuatros. This Valle de Guadalupe winery has a wonderful tasting room that overlooks their vineyards, as well as a full bar and a restaurant that overlook the Pacific Ocean.
The drive up to Cuatro Cuatros is a treat on its own, with panoramic views of the Baja coast. The real showstopper, though, is the spectacular ocean view that awaits you at the top of the hill. Cuatro Cuatros' combination of vineyards and ocean is unique should not be missed on your Valle de Guadalupe tour. This place truly is a slice of heaven. If you are lucky enough to take in an afternoon or a sunset at Cuatro Cuatros, you are in for an unforgettable experience.
Now that you know the most instagrammable wineries in Valle de Guadalupe it is time to come see if for yourself! Boca Roja Baja Wine Adventures was recently voted the Best Wine Tour Company in California. We create incredible private wine tours featuring the best wineries, restaurants and boutique hotels in Valle de Guadalupe. Visit our website (www.bocarojawineadventures.com) to learn about our custom packages and book your Baja Wine Adventure today!
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