Valle De Guadalupe, a beautiful region that’s bustling with some of the best wineries in Mexico, is just a short drive from San Diego and quickly becoming one of the most prominent wine regions in the world, battling Napa Valley for the distinct honor of “The World's Best Wine and Food Destination.”
The weather in this coastal area of Baja is perfect for growing many types of grapes, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, French Colombard, and Sémillon just to name a few. And with over 100 wineries to choose from, you’re sure to find something you’ll love. If you’re a fan of white wines, here are some of our top recommendations.
Chardonnay is one of the most popular wines produced in Valle De Guadalupe – and one of the best selling white wines in the United States. This flavorful wine comes from the green grape variety of the same name, which adapts well to a wide range of environments and gives way to high yields worldwide .
Chardonnay’s long list of different flavors depend on the fruit notes and spices of the wine itself. Buttered, oak influences contribute the wine to fresh apple, pear, tropical, citrus, and melon flavors. It pairs well with poultry dishes, pork, seafood, and recipes involving heavy cream and butter bases.
The Special Reserve Chardonnay from Château Camou is what many consider to be one of the best white wines of the Valle De Guadalupe valley. This wine blends 60 year-old grape vines with young vines to create the all-around spectacular finish. It also goes through a nine-month aging process in French barrels. Château Camou;s Special Reserve Chardonnay is golden yellow in color and clean, with a delicate aroma of tropical fruits, peach, butter, honey, and toasted oak for a complex, yet balanced flavor that leaves you with a long and lasting aftertaste.
The 2010 Kuiiy from Las Nubes winery, although not a true Chardonnay deserves mention. A mix of Sauvignon blanc and Chardonnay make for an excellent white wine, golden yellow with greenish tones, clean and bright with plenty of long slender legs. Intensely strong fruit aromas with apple, pear, and notes of pineapple give way to a light floral undertone and great balance.
And rounding out the list is Casa de Piedra’s Chardonnay, which many consider to be one of the best wines in all of Mexico. The 2011 Piedra del Sol Chardonnay mixes a unique blend of apple and popcorn aroma that’s finished off with flavors of lemon and tangerine.
Sauvignon Blanc is quickly establishing a home in Valle De Guadalupe. A dry wine that’s known for its distinct and vivid aromas with its zesty acidity, the fresh and bright flavors of the grapes result from its green, herbaceous, fruity scents. Sauvignon Blanc wines are typically aged in French oak barrels that give the wine its signature full-bodied flavor that ages well over time. Sauvignon Blanc’s pair well with both roasted and fried chicken, white fishes, oysters, grilled pork, vegetarian entrees and salads, all of which you can experience firsthand at one of the many Valle De Guadalupe restaurants.
Sauvignon Blanc Viña Kristel is produced by the Monte Xanic winery . This is a bright, clean wine with a straw yellow and green look. Marked with tropical notes, the high intensity of the wine makes it a wonderful dry wine with warm alcohol and lively acidity. It finishes long with a strong body.
Paralelo is a modern Valle De Guadalupe winery that was built on what used to be a huge trash dump. Founded in 2005, Paralelo produces two red wines, as well as a popular Sauvignon Blanc. The 2012 Emblema Sauvignon Blanc has hints of apple and corn, while the 2011 vintage has hints of popcorn and tart white fruits.
While winemaking in Mexico can be traced back to the 1500’s, modern winemaking in Baja wine country is only about two decades old. This “newness” is in no way indicative of the quality of wines produced, however, and the white wines of many of the Baja wineries located in Valle De Guadalupe should not be missed.
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