Baja California's Guadalupe Valley produces roughly 90% of all of the wine that comes from Mexico. Guadalupe Valley has a rich history and the region has been producing wine for nearly 100 years. Mexico in fact is one of the oldest wine-growing regions in America. The region has been producing wine since the sixteenth century when the Spaniards arrived with wine clippings from Europe. After colonization by the Spaniards other European countries such as Italy and Russia arrived with their own unique strains of grape vine(s) and planted them in the rich soil of Baja’s Guadalupe Valley. Baja California’s wine is rarely exported, thus the need for a tour to sample some for yourself. Some of the popular varieties you’ll find include Chenin Blanc, Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Malbec and Barbera.
Only in the last decade or so the region has exploded with incredible growth and made its mark as an up-and-comer on the global wine scene. Some even are referring to it as the "renaissance of Baja's wine country."
Valle Guadalupe (Guadalupe Valley) sits just northeast of Ensenada, boasting over 50 wineries - commercial, artisan, and boutiques both large and small producing some world-class wines. Many are comparing Guadalupe Valley to well known Sonoma County as it was decades ago. A rugged and relaxed country atmosphere, nonchalant and sophisticated at the same time. Driving down desolate Mexican dirt roads which appear to go nowhere you will happen upon gourmet restaurants serving up world class six course meals with perfected wine pairings comparable to some of the highest end metropolitan restaurants.
Many of the amazing wineries and restaurants Guadalupe Valley are open year long however summer is really when the valley comes to life. Seasonal campestre (country) restaurants are open from June to October. Enjoy your artisanal food and wine whilst gazing over stunning views of the Guadalupe Valley from one of the many outdoor nature themed restaurants.