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Along Ruta del Vino (Highway 3), just east of Ensenada, a wine country paradise
awaits with more than 100 vineyards, hidden haciendas, alfresco eateries and endless
views. Guadalupe Valley is home to passionate winemakers, celebrated chefs, farmers
and visionaries, making it one of the most exciting epicurean spots on the globe.
REST YOUR HEAD
Like a scene from an African
safari camp, this striking
retreat has luxury platform tents
with comfy beds, bright textiles,
cozy fireplaces and open-air
showers out back. Guests enjoy
horseback riding, hiking and
wine-tasting trips to a mountain deck overlooking the sea.
This six-room bed-and-breakfast enchants with its
Persian architecture, meditative gardens, fine cuisine and
Azteca horses, so you can ride
through the vineyards or go
wine tasting on horseback.
La Villa del Valle
Lavender fields, vineyards and
organic gardens surround this
lovely Tuscan-style villa with six
suites. There’s bocce ball, yoga,
a fabulous pool and a winery
with upside-down fishing boats
serving as roofs. Renowned chef
Diego Hernandez creates
unforgettable meals at
Corazon de Tierra, paired with
the Gregorys’ award-winning
Vena Cava wines, or enjoy
causal fare from the Troika food
truck and icy cold Wendlandt
beers on the lakeside deck (live
music on seasonal weekends).
Acclaimed Chef Miguel Angel Guerrero, founder
of Baja Med cuisine, has a new restaurant in the
valley that overlooks the vineyards of L.A. Cetto
and the mountains. In this gorgeous modern-style eatery with an exhibition kitchen, his team
serves up wood-fired meats, medleys of garden-fresh vegetables and treasures from the sea.
Savor chef Javier Plascencia’s progressive cuisine,
such as mesquite-grilled octopus and beef cheek
tacos, at this rustic alfresco restaurant. Sip the
family’s wines on banquettes atop a giant wine
barrel and drink in the vineyard and valley views.
Relax under a giant palapa and experience
chef Alcocer’s artful plates of his homegrown
produce and farm-raised meats, paired with
their compelling wines.
SITIO MISIONAL NUESTRA SEÑORA
DE GUADALUPE DEL NORTE
For a little cultural adventure, check out the
remnants of this 17th-century Dominican mission, the last one built on the Baja California
peninsula. This historical site also has interesting exhibitions about the native community.
3rd and Zapata St., Francisco Zarco
MUSEO DE LA VID Y VINO DE BAJA
CALIFORNIA (VINE AND WINE MUSEUM)
This modern museum reveals the history of
viticulture in Mexico and methods of wine
production used today.
THE OLD WINE ROUTE
The wine country south of Ensenada
has three valleys for more delicious
wine tasting: San Vicente, La Grulla
and Santo Tomás. Baja’s oldest
vineyard is Bodegas de Santo
Tomas, established in 1888.
It’s all about
and fine wines