Take a trip along La Ruta del Vino (Highway 3), just east of Ensenada, where you’ll
discover hidden haciendas, alfresco eateries, passionate winemakers and 100 vineyards.
Like a scene from an African safari camp, this
striking retreat has luxury platform tents, cozy
fireplaces and open-air showers out back. Guests
enjoy horseback riding, hiking and wine tasting
on mountaintop decks 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
This lovely Tuscan-style villa has six suites,
lavender fields, organic gardens, a yoga
studio, a fabulous pool and an artistic winery.
Don’t miss an unforgettable meal at their
restaurant, Corazón de Tierra, paired with
the estate’s award-winning Vena Cava wines.
This gorgeous five-bedroom bed and breakfast
stands out for its thoughtful design and tranquility. Guests enjoy luxe rock-wall bedrooms
with floor-to-ceiling views of the vineyards, delish breakfasts and free use of mountain bikes
to pedal to the nearby hot springs.
Acclaimed chef Miguel Angel Guerrero,
founder of Baja-Med cuisine, is behind this
gorgeous modern restaurant with an exhibition kitchen. His team serves up wood-fired
meats, medleys of garden-fresh vegetables and
treasures from the sea.
Enjoy chef Javier Plascencia’s progressive
cuisine, like mesquite-grilled octopus and beef
cheek tacos, at this rustic alfresco restaurant.
You can sip the family’s wines on banquettes
atop a giant wine barrel surrounded by vineyards and mountain views.
THE ARCHITECTURAL ROUTE
Anyone interested in compelling, cutting-edge design should check out these wineries:
Vena Cava, Clos de Tres Cantos, Paralelo, La
Escuelita, Encuentro Guadalupe, Decantos
FROM THE EXPERT
Wine expert and importer
Fernando Gaxiola, whose
company, Baja Wine + Food
( bajawinefood.com), curates
incredible lifestyle experiences
in Guadalupe Valley, shares
some of his favorite wines.
Hacienda La Lomita
This chic winery represents the
new generation and offers great
wines like Sacro and Pagano.
Finca La Carrodilla
This biodynamic and organic
winery has great single-vari-etal wines. Highlights include
their tempranillo, shiraz and
Torres Alegre y Familia
This family-owned, artistic
cult winery produces limited
amounts of ultra-high-quality wines.
Don’t miss the nebbiolo,
sangiovese, aglianico and
montepulciano at this lovely
winery, which focuses on
Clos de Tres Cantos