Friday, March 30, 2012
Mexico's best kept secret is being exposed! Mexican wines are fast becoming a prized commodity among the most refined and sophisticated wine lovers around the world. Discover the secret of Mexico’s international award winning wines and explore this beautiful valley with it's excellent wineries, inns, restaurants and gracious people.
Guadalupe Valley is northeast of Ensenada on Highway 3 that leads to Tecate. You can find Highway 3 ( 70 miles south of San Diego) two miles south of the last toll station before Ensenada. About six miles from the start of Highway 3 at El Sauzal you drop into the western end of Guadalupe Valley at San Antonio de las Minas. This is the beginning of the wine country which is about two-thirds the size of Napa Valley, fourteen miles long and about three to five miles wide. The valley is blessed with ideal conditions for growing and producing world-quality premium grapes and wine. The soil is rich, the climate is Mediterranean, water is abundant, and the winemakers and growers are very creative and innovative. In fact, Camillo Magoni, winemaker for L.A. Cetto Winery, was named as the best winemaker in the world by the Dutch wine magazine, Vinbladet.
Today there are over sixteen established wineries in Guadalupe Valley and four wineries in Ensenada which together produce over eighty percent of all Mexican wines. Many superior wines are being created to include both white and reds. L.A. Cetto Winery is the largest wine producer in Mexico and is mostly responsible for giving Mexican wines international attention through winning global awards and with aggressive, ingenious marketing tactics. Several boutique wineries: Vinicola Suenos, Monte Xanic, Chateau Camou, Dona Lupe, Bibayoff, Mogor-Badan, Baron Balch'e, Vinisterra and others make award-winning wines of distinct character. Dona Lupe Winery has a wonderful selection of premium organic wines, natural jams, jellies, salsa, cheese, herbs and more.
You can enjoy the wine country during an overnight stay at the Rosarito Beach Hotel. It's about a one hour drive to the wine country from the hotel down along the beautiful coastal highway towards the seaport of Ensenada. The new Baja wine country maps are available at the front desk of the hotel or at the Baja Tourism offices in Tijuana and Ensenada.