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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.