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Do you know "La Ruta del Vino" aka the famously known Wine Route south of California?

Updated: Sep 20, 2023



Located in the heart of the state of Baja California, La Ruta del Vino in Ensenada has been an iconic spot in the gastronomic and wine culture at both national and international levels for several years now. People from all over the world travel to La Ruta del Vino to taste delicious wines and special dishes. The diverse wineries offer visitors their best products and exceptional service. Let us tell you why you should head to this wonderful region on your next trip!


The Importance of La Ruta del Vino in the Region


The Wine Route consists of Valle de Guadalupe, San Antonio de las Minas, Ojos Negros, La Grulla, Santo Tomás, and San Vicente. It has been the economic support for the state in various industries, such as livestock, agriculture, as well as in enology, gastronomy, culture, and tourism. Additionally, 90% of Mexico's wine production takes place in this region. This location is rich in history and an amazing culinary scene, worth the visit down to Baja California.


How to get there:

  • From San Diego. Take Interstate 5 (I-5) South until you reach the San Ysidro border crossing. Cross the border into Mexico through the San Ysidro border crossing. Once in Mexico, take the Tijuana-Ensenada Scenic Highway (Federal Highway 1D) towards Ensenada. Follow the directions mentioned in the next point.


  • From Tijuana. Begin your journey by taking Federal Highway 1D (Tijuana-Ensenada). It's important to note that this is a toll road. Once in Ensenada, continue on the road and pass through the city. You'll see signs indicating the Wine Route, follow them. You'll enter Valle de Guadalupe, where the Wine Route is located. Follow the signs to enter the route and enjoy the journey.


  • From Tecate. Head towards Ensenada by taking Federal Highway 3 (Tecate-Ensenada). Once in Ensenada, follow the signs indicating the Wine Route and Valle de Guadalupe. You'll enter Valle de Guadalupe, where the Wine Route is located. Follow the signs to enter the route and enjoy the journey.


You can also search the address Carretera Tecate-Ensenada 87.5 San Antonio de las Minas, Valle de Guadalupe, 22757 Ensenada, B.C. on the Google Maps app on your phone to make it easier!





Wine Industry in the Region


The wine industry in Baja California has experienced significant growth in the last few decades, turning the region into a renowned international wine destination. A prosperous environment for producing high-quality wines has flourished here. With a Mediterranean climate and diverse soil, winemakers have found an exceptionally suitable terroir for cultivating a wide variety of grapes. The combination of innovation in winemaking techniques, the winemakers' passion, and a commitment to excellence have led to the creation of distinctive and award-winning wines that reflect the region's unique character. The wine industry in Baja California has not only redefined Mexico's wine identity but has also established a benchmark on the global wine tourism map.


Wine Tasting


With over a hundred vineyards to explore, la Ruta del Vino offers activities and tasting tours for both experienced wine connoisseurs and those looking to delve into the world of enology.

Throughout the region, various grape types are cultivated, including popular ones like Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, Chenin, and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as blends of these varietals. Additionally, each winery adds its distinctive touch to its wine variety, making each visit even more special.


At vineyards like ERRE, there are three wine-tasting packages: Young Wines, Premium, and Ultra Premium. Each has different prices ranging from $350 to $550 Mexican pesos per person (which is an estimated $30 dollars), with a duration of one hour. ERRE also offers its famous ERRE Cheese Board and artisanal products for pairing. If you're interested in getting more information, you can contact us at ventas@vinasdelaerre.com. Note: The local exchange rate is subject to change.


What to do in Ruta del Vino?


Throughout your journey, you'll find activities for all tastes. From classic wine tasting for wine lovers to extreme and irresistible activities for travelers.


  • Gastronomic Tour: The culinary scene is constantly evolving and growing. Leveraging fresh ingredients cultivated in the region, multiple vineyards and internationally acclaimed chefs have chosen to open their restaurants and present various gastronomic experiences. From traditional Mexican cuisine using the freshest products to signature restaurants experimenting with the traditional and contemporary, resulting in innovative flavors.


  • Wine Tasting: With over a hundred vineyards to explore, the Wine Route offers activities and tasting tours for both experienced wine connoisseurs and those looking to delve into the world of enology. Throughout the region, various grape types are cultivated, including popular ones like Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo, Chenin, and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as blends of these varietals. Additionally, each winery adds its distinctive touch to its wine variety, making each visit even more special. We are definitely a winery worth exploring.


  • The Vine Museum: Plan your visit to the museum located on the Tecate-Ensenada highway, which traces the history of wine production and consumption in the region from its earliest records, along with information about the industry and artistic and cultural expressions. Among the services they offer are guided tours of the museum, venue rentals for events, an amphitheater, concerts, and exhibitions, among others.


  • Fiesta de la Vendimia: Every year, a celebration of wine and viticultural culture takes place in the valley, featuring tastings, special wine-pairing dinners, concerts, artistic performances, wine appreciation courses, and events for the whole family.


  • Local Product Sales: The sale of organic and fresh products harvested and produced by farmers and ranchers in the state is available at various points in the valley. Some haciendas and ranches keep their doors open to sell their products, offer guided tours, and even have their own restaurants. Some examples of products you can find are cheese, bread, artisanal wine, jams, and olive oil.




Vineyards to Visit in Valle de Guadalupe



You may have already heard of some of Mexico's most important vineyards, such as L.A Cetto, Santo Tomás, and Domecq. However, there is a great selection of smaller and more intimate vineyards known as boutique wineries with a wide range of wines with the same quality as renowned wine companies. Viñas de la ERRE is a vineyard that was born from both the love and the dream of a family native to Baja California. ERRE has gained an outstanding position in the wine industry with a collection of Gold and Silver award-winning wines. Our products offer great quality and a one of a kind place for memorable visits and special events.


With one of the best views in Valle de Guadalupe (check out ERRE’s wine bar), here you’ll be able to enjoy the best wines in Baja with your loved ones. We recommend you plan a visit and RSVP if you have a party of 6 or more. Friendly reminder: that each vineyard has its own closing hours, and most of them close at 4 or 5 pm. Viñas de la ERRE is Open from Friday to Monday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. We hope to see you there!


Cheers,

ERRE







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