Top 5 Things To Do In Valle de Guadalupe

Valle de guadalupe winery tours

Valle de guadalupe winery tours

Mexico is known for its tequila, but in Valle de Guadalupe (Guadalupe Valley) you’re presented with some more spectacular experiences. Valle de Guadalupe is the historical wine region in Mexico, where the clear blue skies blend with the mountains, which form a fortress around a valley full of vineyards, where the vines are romanced with the light sea breeze.

Wines from this region can compete with the best in the World. A tour of Valle de Guadalupe presents you with an opportunity of discovering many tasty Mexican varieties. It also gives you the chance of trying out world-class restaurants and staying at small and cozy hotels fitted with modern amenities and gadgets.

Here are 5 things you shouldn’t miss out on when visiting Valle de Guadalupe…


1. Try Out the Cuisine        


Visiting Valle de Guadalupe without complementing the excellent wines with appetizing Baja food will make your trip much less satisfying. Luckily, you will find different varieties of high cuisine in Valle de Guadalupe there is high any time of day; from the traditional breakfast in San Pedro de las Minas to special dinners that the best wine houses prepare in their properties. If you love seafood, then you’ll get a lot of super fresh fish and seafood straight from the Pacific Ocean is super-fresh fish and seafood.                         


2.  Imbibe in the Wines

Our guests having a great time trying some white wine in Valle de Guadalupe

Our guests having a great time trying some white wine in Valle de Guadalupe

It would be a sin not to taste some of the many splendid wines produced in Baja which can compete with some of the best wines in the World.   Valle de Guadalupe wineries produce some of the finest wines in Baja and you should certainly check them out. Would be expert sommeliers can try out their wine tasting skills here coupled with the breathtaking views offered by the green vineyard fields.


3. Visit the Vine and Wine Museum

Your tour will be incomplete without a visit to the Vine and Wine Museum, where, in addition to having a prevailing view of the Guadalupe Valley, you will be able to learn about the history of winemaking in the state of Baja California, from the coming of the missionaries to the kinds of crops and the variety of grapes found in Baja.


4. Try Out the Cheese

Try out the cheeses at La Cava de Marcelo on our Rancho Queso tour

Try out the cheeses at La Cava de Marcelo on our Rancho Queso tour

n a visit to Valle Guadalupe, you should certainly head down to La Cava de Marcelo, in Ojos Negros, for cheese that will perfectly complement your wine choices. At the 100-year-old artisanal cheese cellar, one of the few in all of Latin America open to the public, spending an afternoon on your tour sampling their many regional cheese variants, from queso fresco flavored with basil to two-year-old añejos will certainly not be an afternoon wasted.


5. Stay at the Hotels

Stay at one of the valley’s bed and breakfasts or boutique hotels for a full Valle de Guadalupe experience. You will find a great number of small, comfortable and warm hotels with that special Mexican ambience. If you desire more luxury, you will find a host of modern hotels with world class amenities and gadgets.

Valle de guadalupe tours

Valle de guadalupe tours

You need a first-hand experience…

Nothing beats a firsthand experience of Valle de Guadalupe attractions. If you’d to love to get a first-hand feel of what it feels like to enjoy the many attractions of Valle de Guadalupe, then waste no more time and book a tour with Baja Winery Tours.

Attractions to See and Complete Your Valle de Guadalupe Experience

Valle de guadalupe winery tours

Just a few hours south of downtown San Diego and across the Mexican border lies Baja California Sur’s Valle de Guadalupe, a place of verdant valleys and sweeping vistas that has grown to become one of the region’s most exciting food and wine destinations. The valley has long been building its gastronomic reputation, but only in recent few years have things really taken off, with new and exciting talents putting up shop, and travelers on southbound excursions reaping the rewards, among them, exclusive limited-release Mexican wines, the best olive oils the New World has to offer, terrific cheeses, and a world-class culinary scene.

Besides having an exciting food and wine industry, Baja also offers an incredible array of destinations of attractions that make the trip to Mexico all worth it. If you’re looking to visit and want to do something besides booking your own Baja winery tours, here are some ideas.


If you’re an art buff, you can’t go wrong by visiting Todos Santos, a self-described bohemian town located some 37 miles north of Los Cabos. The local art enclave is home to a thriving community of local and expat artists, who have put up several galleries and studios to showcase and sell sculptures, oil paintings, handicrafts, and jewelry. Spend an afternoon wandering the town’s bougainvillea adorned streets, and you never know what you’re going to see—unique bookstores, bustling cafés and bistros, and gorgeous colonial-style buildings.


Baja’s crystal-clear seas and long stretches of powdery, white sand beaches should give anyone a strong case to visit the region. Bahia Santa Maria’s turquoise waters, with a backdrop of towering cliffs and wide beaches, is a popular snorkeling spot, boasting of pristine coral reefs beneath the surface of the water.

And for thrill-seekers, Baja is also a mecca for watersport enthusiasts. Go diving around Cabo Pulmo, home to a 20,000-year-old coral reef. If surfing’s more your thing, head over to Playa Costa Azul. On the other hand, go for a relaxed day of swimming and sunbathing at Las Palmas (Playa San Pedro, the perfect lounge spot for vacationers.


Still on the subject of water, Baja’s waters along the Sea of Cortez is rich in game fishing, earning the moniker of being the “'Marlin Capital of the World.” Book a charted fishing trip and choose from a local panga, or a decked out cruiser complete with a guide.

Valle de guadalupe winery tours


With its dry and sunny weather all year round, it comes as no surprise why Los Cabos has earned a reputation for being one of the world’s best golf destinations, offering a wide variety of unique championship courses, designed by names such as Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Jack Nicklaus. Whether you're looking to have a calm day of golf, or looking for a real challenge with friends, Baja California Sur’s golf courses are sure to keep you entertained.

Break away from our Valle de Guadalupe wine and see for yourself what the rest of Baja has to offer. Get in touch with Baja Winery Tours to book your tour.

How Research in Mexican Universities Helped Spur the Growth of Valle de Guadalupe Wineries

Baja winery tours

Baja winery tours

Although Mexico has a long and storied tradition of producing and enjoying alcoholic beverages —in particular, beer, mescal, and of course, tequila— the country’s wine industry is a relative newcomer to the international wine scene, which may come as a surprise to some due to the country’s Spanish heritage. Even more surprising is that Mexico is actually the first wine-producing country in the Americas, a claim to fame that dates back to when the conquistadors and friars brought vine clippings to the New World hundreds of years ago.

Signs of Improvement and Change

Still, attitudes are changing, with Mexico’s wine production showing clear signs of growth, particularly in Baja, where Valle de Guadalupe wineries have helped transform the region into an up-and-coming wine destination often dubbed as “the next Napa Valley”—a comparison that may not be completely accurate, but one with merit nonetheless.

Mexico’s recent wine consumption has showed near-prodigious growth. In the last 10 years, wine consumption has increased by at least 40 percent, with no signs of slowing down. By 2020, it’s predicted that consumption will triple to 180 million liters per year—or two liters for every Mexican citizen, about the same per capita consumption of Brazil. Still, this level of consumption is but a drop in the bucket next to international standards—for example, the annual per capita consumption of French adults is an average of 50 liters a year.

While the Mexican government has yet to make any real concerted effort to promote Mexican wines to the rest of the world, institutions such as research centers and universities have taken up the task of raising awareness of the quality and unique characteristics of the Mexcio’s wines.

Universidad Autónoma de Baja California

Researchers from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC) have conducted a number studies on Mexico’s wines, with one paper delving into the production needs of Baja’s wine industry. Since 1993, the UABC has also held an annual international wine tasting competition, with the support of the International Organization of Vine and Wine, the intergovernmental organization based in Paris, France. The contest aims to promote the production of superior Mexican wines and encourage the reasonable consumption of wine within Mexican society, thereby encouraging the growth of the country’s wine culture. The university also offers undergraduate minor in studies focused on the local food and wine industry.

Colegio de la Frontera Norte

Another educational institution, the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF)—a prestigious research center and think tank in Baja—has conducted several research activities focused on Mexico’s wine industry. The institution is funded and administered by Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT), the government agency that oversees Mexico’s developments in science and technology.

Baja wines

Baja wines

If you’d like to learn more about Baja’s rich wine tradition, book your very own Valle de guadalupe winery tours at Baja Winery Tours today. 

Valle de Guadalupe in Autumn

Valle de guadalupe experience

Valle de guadalupe experience

As summer fades and temperatures cool down in Baja, a Valle de Guadalupe winery tour offers a calm and refreshing respite from the hustle and bustle of the urban grind. For many of our guests, the weeks between the middle of October and early December are the best time to be in Baja wine country, when the fall gives the region a much-needed break from the heat and humidity of summer.

Cool Weather and Fewer Tourists

Another reason to visit during the fall is a noticeable difference in the number of tourists. Although the Los Cabos travel industry sees a steady, year-round stream of tourists from all over the world, August and December are typically the low season of the year, which makes it a fabulous time to come and visit if you want quiet seclusion.

What You’ll See

A Valle de Guadalupe winery tour also brings you up close and personal with luscious bunches of grapes hanging heavy from the vines. If you come early, you can see the vineyards before the harvest while you enjoy a glass a glass of wine. The colors can be a lovely sight, with the leaves turning to gold and red—an awe-inspiring spectacle indeed. And because of the cool autumn weather, walking around the vineyards won’t feel like a chore at all.

What You’ll Eat and Drink

Fishing is at its peak in Baja during this time of the year, which means an influx of fresh-off-the-boat seafood for you to enjoy at any of the great restaurants in Valle de Guadalupe. You can also take your pick from year-round table offerings, such as charcuterie, tapas, pizzas, and salads—a fresh winery tour salad is an experience we also recommend to our customers’ delight.

No Valle de Guadalupe winery tour would be complete without sampling the local wines. The Valle de Guadalupe region contains more than 60 wineries—all packed in a 35-square-mile area—so different winery tours may let you see different places (and sample different wines!) each time. Try any of the local whites and match it with a light meal.

Why Valle de Guadalupe?

Just an hour’s drive from the San Diego border and a few minutes away from Ensanada, Valle de Guadalupe has grown to become one of North America’s most intriguing food and wine destinations. The area is also one of the oldest wine cultivating regions in America, beginning with the Spanish, who brought over vine clippings from Europe some five hundred years ago.

Valle de guadalupe tours

Valle de guadalupe tours

Today, the combination of local ingredients and impressive new talent rewards visitors with an incredible array of limited-release wines, some of the best aged cheeses and olive oils in the entire continent, and topnotch gastronomic experiences from some of Latin America’s most critically-acclaimed restaurants. Get in touch with us today and book your tour.

Valle de Guadalupe in Summer

Valle de guadalupe winery tours

Valle de guadalupe winery tours

Summer is a good time to plan your Valle de Guadalupe winery tour. Different people have different ideas about when summer starts and ends, however, for our purposes, let’s call summer June, July and August.  June is when the country restaurants, also known as campestre, start to open, so it’s a perfect time to visit if you have food on your mind.  And the annual vendimia, or wine harvest festival, comes around in August.  If you’re like most people and worried about it being too darn hot, don’t be.  While the sun shines bright, daytime temperatures only reach sunbathing levels and nights in Guadalupe are always cool.

The Vineyards in Summer

Summer is flowering time for vines so, although the harvest won’t begin until Fall is either upon us or just round the corner, you’ll be assured of whole hillsides covered in flowers, which can be a wonderful sight. A wine grower is a gardener at heart, though she or he practices the art on a grand scale, and all gardeners love to be busy. They also like to know that people are watching what they do. And they’ll be doing a lot because summer is a busy time in the vineyard. Pruning was over some time ago and the harvest is when things will really heat up but there’s plenty going on.

The Valle de Guadalupe experience, though, isn’t just about Mexico wine tours, as delightful as they are. It’s also, among other things, for the birds: the gray thrasher, which is the endemic bird of the Baja, is found here, as are California thrashers, California gnatcatchers and lots of different kinds of hummingbirds. If you’re a serious birder, you might want to take some extra time after the tour to head for the coast, where you will see in a day more ducks than most people can even think of, as well as long-billed curlews, falcons and if you’re lucky, an albatross or two. 

What You’ll Eat - and Drink

Hummingbirds, of course, mean flowers and you won’t look at the borage and nasturtium flowers for long without realising that they are in your salads. There are so many vineyards, wineries and restaurants in Valle de Guadalupe that we like to change things up regularly, which means if you join us on three different Valle de Guadalupe winery tours, chances are you’ll see different places each time. It’s a treat for the eyes and the scents are so heavenly you’ll think you’ve found paradise.  At the end of the day, however, rest assured that we never forget the main purpose of the vine, which is to produce the perfect foil for a good meal. And we know exactly where to take you for something delicious to eat.

You’ll choose the dishes and the wine, of course, because choosing what you’re going to eat and drink is a big part of the pleasure of eating out, but if it were us we’d probably be going in high summer for a chilled white wine like a local Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc or Semillon and, to eat, something fairly light. Maybe a selection of tapas, a frittata or even a pizza. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on the salads; a fresh winery tour salad is a delight many of our customers have raved about.

Valle de guadalupe tours

Valle de guadalupe tours

Summer Will Be Here Soon

People have been making wine in Mexico for more than 500 years, so it’s not surprising that they know how to get things right. If you’re a wine lover – or just someone who likes a glass of something good now and again, and would like to see where and how it’s made, contact us today and book your tour.

Not Climate or Terroir but Climate and Terroir

Baja winery tours

Baja winery tours

Ask a wine lover what the most important thing is in winemaking. The answer will tell you a lot about the person. Not much about wine.

Some will say it’s climate and point out that most wine comes from one of only three climates: Mediterranean, continental and maritime. QED. Others, though, say “No, no, it isn’t the climate, it’s the place.” Except, of course, that true wine lovers don’t say “place”; they say “terroir”.

What Is “Terroir”?

Well, the French like to have their say and it is a French word so this is what l’Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin said in 2010: terroir is “an area in which collective knowledge of the interactions between the identifiable physical and biological environment and applied vitivinicultural practices develops, providing distinctive characteristics for the products originating from this area.” Or, if we dare translate the long-winded frogs, it’s “a place where everyone knows what they’re doing.”

What about the Soil?

Some wine lovers would add that the nature of the soil is not irrelevant: Chablis grows best in a clinging white clay while anyone drinking a red Bordeaux would like to think the vines have had their roots in some well-drained gravel. But who are we to argue with l’Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin?

So What Does Baja Wine Country Have?

Join us on a Baja winery tour and you’ll find that Baja California settles the argument by saying that it’s actually both.

If you were to go higher into the Sierra, you’d find cooler summers and in winter there could actually be frost on the ground but that’s not where wine is made.The climate in the area where vines are grown is Mediterranean. Summers are dry and mild and the winters cool and (sometimes) rainy.

As for the soil, those Bordeaux growers would dig their hands into this well-drained and stony soil – and they’d smile. They’d recognize this as a perfect place to grow Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Do people actually know what they’re doing? Well, sixteen million gallons of wine are made here every year, and the people who drink it are generally smiling as broadly as those Bordeaux growers we mentioned.

Baja winery

Baja winery

Come and See for Yourself

But don’t take our word for it. Contact us today and book your tour.

Valle de Guadalupe in Spring

Valle de Guadalupe winery tour

Valle de Guadalupe winery tour

There is no bad time for a Valle de Guadalupe winery tour – but there are good times, and spring is one of them. The mountains shelter the area from storms and the sea molds the climate to the way sun lovers like it to be. March, April and May are good times to be in Baja wine country.

Clear Skies and Little Rain

You’re making this trip because you want to see where the wine is made and vines won’t grow, flower, or produce grapes unless they’re watered. By the beginning of spring, though, the winter rain that is so essential is almost over (not that it was terribly heavy to start with). The likelihood that it will be cloudy is low and the chance of rain (perhaps one day in six) is even lower. And don’t worry about the wind, because there isn’t any.

Sunshine and Warmth

The average temperature in March is 59, rising to 64 in May but that’s misleading because it measures temperatures over 24 hours and what you want to know is: what will it be like in the daytime? Because nights can be chilly; at two in the morning it can be as low as 50 in March and, while that would be pleasant enough in Chicago, it isn’t what you’re coming to Valle de Guadalupe for. During the day, March temperatures hit 70, which is much more enjoyable – warm enough for shorts and a T-shirt but not so hot that walking becomes a chore.

What You’ll See

The great thing about vineyards is the way they change with the seasons and if we’re honest we’d say: come four times a year so that you see the vineyards and the country in all their multi-faceted glory. Spring, though, is a special time; there are no grapes yet, and won’t be for a few months, but the vines (which were pruned at the end of last season) have begun to send forth their green shoots of new growth and, with any luck, you’ll see the first flowers.

What You’ll Eat - and Drink

Baja winery tours make sure that we are not on the road at mealtimes because wine is made to be drunk with a meal – it’s the perfect companion to good food – and we give you every opportunity to tour one or more vineyards with a knowledgeable guide so that you understand what is happening and why and then we sit you down for a tasting and something delicious to eat.

Mexico wine tours

Mexico wine tours

Why Valle de Guadalupe?

Did you know that Mexico is the oldest wine-growing region in America? Wine has been made here since the Spaniards arrived with vine clippings from Europe five hundred years ago. Then immigrants from Italy and Russia brought more cuttings. Not much of Baja California’s wine is exported so to have that pleasure you need to visit. Get in touch with us today and book your tour.

The Perfect Start To Your Baja Wine Tour

Valle de Guadalupe Tours

Valle de Guadalupe Tours

Only about an hour and a half driving time from the US border in the heart of the Guadalupe Valley is a wonderful introduction to the wine country of Baja California. Opened in 2012 by President Felipe Calderon, the gleaming modern architecture stands in fascinating contrast to the granite mountains and rich vineyards of the region. 90% of Mexico’s wine is grown here and the Vine and Wine Museum – the only such museum in the whole of Mexico – is a fitting monument to a thriving industry and a wine aficionado’s dream.

History of Wine-Making

Where better to begin a Baja wine tour than in the museum’s 10,000 square meters where dedicated areas will tell you about the area’s history, its industry, its culture and its wine? There is everything here, starting with today’s ultra-modern wine production methods and going all the way back to the arrival of the first missionaries with their vines and their viticulture.

Ideal Conditions And…

It doesn’t matter whether you are the rarest of oenophiles or simply someone who likes a glass of wine with dinner (or perhaps you’d like to try a little tapas) – there’s something here for everyone. It’s hard, though, to imagine anyone spending time in the museum and not leaving with a better understanding of what it is that makes an area truly a wine country. Soil plays its part. Weather plays its part. And just as important is the care lavished at every stage, from first flowering of the vines to the bottling and maturation of the finished product.

…Perfect Grapes

Fortune smiled on Baja California, giving it the soil and the Mediterranean climate ideal for certain species of grape – the Nebbiolo and the Misión, certainly, but also the Garnacha (grape originally from Spain that loves those hot, dry late summer days), the Merlot and the Cabernet Sauvignon.

Living History

In the museum, you can see the old wooden artifacts used by the Spanish Jesuit Fathers and the Russian immigrants of the very early 20th Century who split from the Orthodox Church and held to the Molokan ways. You can also, though, admire the stainless steel equipment in use today.

There are movie clips showing every stage of production (even beginning with barrel-making) and bronze sculptures and fine art to the glory of the vine.

Valle de Guadalupe

Valle de Guadalupe

Ideal Time to Go?

The museum should be an automatic lead into a Baja Winery Tour. Go in winter and revel in the cool temperatures and the sparkling air. Go in spring, when the neatly pruned vines are bursting into growth. Go in summer and see vines in full leaf stretching to the horizon and born down by clusters of grapes. Go in September to be sure of seeing the harvest. Go in October for the glory of the fall colors. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, just go!

Contact us today and book your tour.

Feature Spotlight: La Casa de Doña Lupe

Valle de guadalupe tours

Valle de guadalupe tours

It’s Organic. It’s Beautiful. It’s Delicious.

In 1968, Doña Lupe decided to create in the place she loved a vineyard and a restaurant that would be everything she wanted it to be – and as Doña Lupe is a woman for whom only the perfect will do, the vision was a perfect vineyard and a perfect restaurant.

And it came to be.

Not through magic, but through dedication. A study in serenity, an oasis of beauty and a monument to excellence. All that and, because Doña Lupe is devoted to the organic ideal, everything is natural and organic. And, forty-seven years after the dream first began to take shape, Doña Lupe is still here, a benevolent ruler over the Paradise she conceived. Ask her secret and she will tell you it is no secret: it takes love and it takes time. Nothing this good can be rushed.

The Vineyard

The Spanish inheritance of Baja California is there for all to see, but identified most clearly of all in the Garnacha vines and the delectable red and white wines they produce. Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon are also on offer.

Take a walk by the vines and marvel at the wonderful Valle de Guadalupe scenery. Then try a tasting of the wines on offer at the airy outdoor patio.

The Restaurant

If there’s one place where La Casa de Doña Lupe transcends expectations more than any other, it’s here. The restaurant combines the best of the Old World and the New.

The classic Mexican appetizers. Artisan home-made pizzas. Home-made lasagna and other pastas. Sandwiches and spaghetti. Bread and cheese of a sort most people can only dream of.

And, of course, the full La Casa de Doña Lupe wine list to go with everything.

The Shop

And when the sightseeing is done, and you’re feeling just a twinge of sadness because soon you have to leave and you’re wondering how soon you’ll be able to return, stop by the shop and pick up something to remember this wonderful day by. Organic jams, salsas and seeds. Salad dressings and salad oils. Natural skin oils. You’ll find olives and olive oil, bread, cheese and sauces – all made from organic ingredients. But take enough, because you can be certain of one thing: you’re going to want to share with your friends.

Valle de guadalupe experience

Valle de guadalupe experience

Wait No Longer

La Casa de Doña Lupe is there, waiting for you. Turn the dream to reality – just as Doña Lupe did forty-seven years ago. Contact us today to book your tour!

Valle de Guadalupe: Your Perfect Winter Getaway

Valle de guadalupe wine tours

Valle de guadalupe wine tours

If you want to avoid the peak of the tourist season in August, visiting Valle de Guadalupe during the winter months is a must. If you’re looking out your window and all you see is snow or rain - and you could use a dose of mild sunny winter weather - it’s time to visit the vineyards of Baja California. This region cools down like most places in December, yet still has the yearlong sunny temperatures one would expect in Mexico.

Winter wine tours are fueling tourism in the Valle de Guadalupe, where you’ll be able to dine in exceptional restaurants and sample unique wine blends you won’t find anywhere else in the world. The areas unique scenery is the perfect backdrop for a winter weddings and because there are typically less tourists, it’s the perfect time to savor the peace and tranquility of this beautiful area.

Where to Eat?

Enjoy a fine meal outside and admire the beauty of the mountains and vineyards at Fuego Restaurant and Lounge, where you’ll enjoy a vast variety of mouth-watering seafood and traditional Mexican cuisine. Whether you dine here for breakfast, lunch or dinner, your expectations are sure to be surpassed. Due to the areas warm temperatures during winter months, you’ll be able to sit back, have a glass of wine and listen to live music while drinking in the stunning scenery. With a great selection of wine and a cozy hotel nearby, this is a must-see during your getaway.

On January 10, 2016, Deckman’s en el Mogor will be hosting The Winter Bounty of Baja California, which offers a one-of-a-kind chance to sample a variety of authentic Baja cuisine. Using only the freshest Baja ingredients, special guest chefs will cook 7-course meals while attendees indulge in numerous wines from the region.  If you’re thinking about attending, expect to sample exotic specialties including sea bass tartar with sesame and ginger, and gooseneck barnacle tempura. Local lamb and quail are delicacies that will also be served during this amazing wintertime feast.

Where to Stay?

Keep warm in the heart of the Guadelupe Valley at Hotel Boutique, which is conveniently located near the Trevista vineyard in the Guadeloupe Valley. The Hacienda style architecture, coupled with amenities like free WiFi, swimming pool, bar and the Fuego Restaurant and Lounge will keep you coming back time and time again. 

While lodging at Hotel Boutique, be sure to take a horse ride to explore the nearby vineyards, as well as a pleasant walk in gardens for a peek at the agave plants growing wildly there. If you’re into sports, a quick game of volleyball will have you making new friends in no time. The opportunities here are endless and time will fly by as you escape the winter doldrums for some sunshine and smiles.

Valle de guadalupe winery tours

Valle de guadalupe winery tours

Treat yourself to a well-deserved winter getaway and enjoy the wonderful wine and food this region has to offer!  The Winter Bounty of Baja California will give you a glimpse into the delectable, unique cuisine that’s native to the area while the hotels will delight you with their charm and affordable prices. And if you can’t swing an entire weekend getaway right now, why not take a day trip to Valle de Gaudalupe instead?  Contact us today to learn more!

The History of Winemaking in Valle de Guadalupe

Valle de guadalupe experience

Valle de guadalupe experience

Imagine yourself as a Spanish missionary, exploring the land that is now the Guadalupe Valley. You’re looking for glory and riches but living with the fear of attacks by local tribes at any time. Your first goal is to establish a settlement and set up a means of survival in Baja California. Unfortunately, the gold you’ve been searching so rigorously for is nowhere to be found.

But wait!

You notice the climate is similar to regions where growing wine is popular and decide to grow grapes that can be turned into wine and shipped back to Spain. You are surprised to see how well the grapes grows in Mexico - and your vineyards soon begin to flourish. A town by the name of Santa Maria de las Parras is founded in 1597, as well as the first vineyard in the region.  This vineyard, called Casa Madero, founded the era of wineries in Mexico.

Under the control of Felix Callabero, Guadalupe was founded in 1821. The city proved to be an agricultural success, complete with irrigation ditches for fresh water and domesticated animals for food. This mission village prospered for decades but increasing retaliation from native tribes due to proselytism eventually forced Felix Callabero to flee south. Thankfully, the vast vineyards still remain present along the outskirts of the city and traces of the original settlement exist as reminders of the past.

In 1859, after the Mexican Revolution, the Catholic Church no longer had the right to hold property in Mexico and as a result, many of the original settlers fled the area, abandoning their Baja wineries in the process. The land then fell under private control and was quickly transformed into the first large winemaking operation in Mexico. As word spread about the richness of the soil, people began moving to Valle de Guadalupe to purchase land in hopes of building better futures for themselves and their families.

It’s interesting to note, however, that Valle de Guadalupe wasn’t just settled by the Spanish. Russians immigrants played a key role in establishing this region as well. In the early 1900s, a peace-seeking group of Russians called the Molokans fled their homeland to escape the violence of the Russian Revolution. They purchased respectable quantities of land in the area and allocated a large portion of it to making wine. The Molokans used new winemaking techniques from Europe and their presence is still felt today with Bibayoff’s wines. This family-style winery is a terrific stop on a Baja wine tour, since you’ll be able to see unique wine making techniques firsthand.

Most Russian settlers ended up fleing the area around the time that World War II began, leaving the valley predominantly under Mexican influence once again. Visiting some of the few remaining Russian homes offers a more in-depth look at the Russian influence on the region, however, as is highly recommended during a visit to the area. 

Valle de guadalupe wine

Valle de guadalupe wine

It’s amazing to imagine how these early settlers in Valle de Guadalupe were fighting for survival when you witness the regions prosperity today. If you’re interested in coupling history with sampling some of the world’s best wines, book your tour today!