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Everything You Need to Know About Vineyards in Valle de Guadalupe.

Updated: Jul 25, 2023



Origins and History of Valle de Guadalupe


Valle de Guadalupe's history dates back to the 16th century when Spanish missionaries settled in the Kumiai territory, now located in Ensenada, Baja California. Taking advantage of the similar land and climate conditions to their homeland, they started cultivating grapes, apricots, pears, and olives, with the purpose of producing consecrated wine. Later, the mission was destroyed by a group of Kumiais, the region's original inhabitants. In the early 1900s, Russian immigrants seeking religious freedom and economic opportunities, arrived in Baja California where they bought land, harvested vegetables, wheat and barley, and traded seeds and cattle with local merchants. Italian immigrants also settled in the valley, seeking for resources and job opportunities. In the 20th century, Don Angelo Cetto founded L.A Cetto winery, becoming one of the pioneers in the region's wine commercialization. Nowadays, people from all over the world visit Valle de Guadalupe to explore its renowned wineries, taste the finest wines from the country, and experience its outstanding cuisine.


Planning Your Wine Tour in Valle de Guadalupe


Valle de Guadalupe offers diverse activities for everyone, from a classic day tour or wine-tasting experience to hot air balloon tours for adventurers.


  • The gastronomic scene in Valle de Guadalupe is constantly evolving and growing, offering multiple vineyards and restaurants, some of them owned and operated by internationally acclaimed chefs, offering a wide range of culinary experiences, From our traditional Mexican food made with fresh local ingredients, like cheese, olive oil, and artisanal bread, pop-up restaurants, and food trucks for special events, to signature cuisine restaurants that blend traditional flavors with a contemporary twist, emerging new and innovative dishes. Many of the wineries include their own restaurant and wine boutique.


  • Wine tasting tours: Wine enthusiasts can explore over a hundred vineyards in La Ruta del Vino, enjoying wine tastings enjoyable to those who already have a passion for wine and newcomers to this world. Each winery adds a distinctive touch to its wines, making every visit special.


  • The Fiesta de la Vendimia: an annual celebration of the grape and wine culture, features tastings, special pairing dinners, concerts, artistic performances, appreciation workshops, and family-friendly events.


  • Visitors can also plan a trip to the Museo de la Vid, located on the Tecate-Ensenada Free Road, which showcases the history of wine production and consumption in the region, as well as information about the winemaking industry, and exhibitions that showcase its influence in art and culture. Other services include guided tour packages, an event hall, amphitheater, concerts, among others.


  • Farmers Market: Local farms and ranches keep their doors open for the public to purchase their locally harvested and produced products, such as artisanal bread, honey, olive oil, and many more!



Best Time to Visit Valle de Guadalupe


The best time to make your trip to Valle lies between spring and autumn. The mild weather allows visitors to enjoy the picturesque vineyards with clusters of grapes and lush green foliage, creating harmony with the surrounding colors of the landscape. We recommend bringing a light jacket or clothing to cover up during the evenings.


The Wine Production Process


The winemaking process, known as vinification, is a fascinating series of stages where grapes are transformed into wine. It begins with the harvest, where ripe grapes are carefully picked by hand or through mechanical harvesting. After a selection process to remove unwanted materials, the grapes are crushed to release their juice, which is then fermented either with or without the grape skins. During fermentation, yeast consumes sugars in the juice, converting them into alcohol and carbon dioxide, creating wine. Red wines ferment with the grape skins to extract color, tannins, and flavor compounds, while white wines typically ferment without the skins. After fermentation, the wine undergoes an aging process in various containers such as oak barrels or stainless steel tanks, acquiring additional flavors and complexities. Finally, the wine is clarified, filtered, and bottled, ready to be enjoyed by wine enthusiasts worldwide. The art of winemaking requires a delicate balance between science and leading-edge technology with tradition and the unique expressions of the terroir, in addition to the personal touch of the winemaker, resulting in a wide range of the best wines with distinct flavors and styles.


Tips for the Wine Route


Before visiting the Valle, research the places that interest you and create an itinerary with the necessary reservations to avoid waiting times and queues. Look for guided tour options that include transportation and visits to different wineries, and can even be customized to your preferences. It's advisable to hire this kind of service when consuming alcohol instead of driving under the influence. This way, you can fully enjoy the wonderful landscape. Additionally, you can find accommodation in hotels, cabins, boutiques, or glamping sites located in the valley or towards Ensenada, which you can rent through their websites or Airbnb.


Wine Tasting


Wineries like ERRE offer three wine-tasting packages: Vinos Jóvenes (Young Wines), Premium, and Ultra Premium. Each package varies in price, ranging from $350 to $550 Mexican pesos per person, with a duration of one hour. ERRE also offers its famous ERREÑA cheese board that includes artisanal products for a perfect pairing. For more information and bookings, you can contact us at ventas@vinasdelaerre.com.


Are Wine Tours Suitable for Non-wine Drinkers?


Absolutely! There are plenty of activities to enjoy in Valle de Guadalupe without the need to drink wine. From savoring delicious food to exploring local products at the vineyards, as well as enjoying exclusive services offered by some hotels and boutiques, like pools and spas.


If you're worried your children won't have a good time during the trip, don't worry! Many vineyards have recreational spaces for kids, farms have animals you can visit and interact with, and restaurants usually have high chairs available. At Viñas de la ERRE, we welcome all families and are pet-friendly.


Are Reservations Required for Visits?


While not mandatory, it's recommended to make reservation at restaurants to secure your table and avoid waiting, especially during the peak season in August and September. Additionally, it's advisable to contact your preferred vineyard to schedule a wine tasting and avoid waiting times and queues or if you wish for a private wine tour.









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