Valle de Guadalupe, located in Baja California (Mexico), is an excellent place to get some out-of-this-world wine and excite your taste buds with excellent foods. The Valle has always been a hush-hush location known to insiders only, but has recently received more buzz in the news. The destination has been featured by Sunset Magazine, Travel & Leisure and Conde Nast.
Chefs from all over the world have relocated to this oasis just an hour south of the U.S. border to delight guests with phenomenal wine and food choices. My husband and I love to eat and enjoy good wines. We wanted to see for ourselves if the buzz about Valle de Guadalupe was true. It did not disappoint! Our stays were at local favorites and, best of all, with the right paperwork, you can take your best furry companion, like we did. Most restaurants, wineries, and accommodations welcome your pups.
Our first stop was to visit the hottest newcomer on the block the Karisma El Cielo property.
Currently with 48 suites (and expanding), this is a place for the discerned traveler. Their winery won multiple awards and the tasting experience is worth every peso. I highly recommend it.
Our next stop, and more my kind of stay, was the amazing Adobe Guadelupe. Adobe Guadelupe is a lovely Mexican traditional property run by the amazing Mrs. Miller. They are famous for their wine, but they are more famous for their horse breeding ranch. The ranch is the largest breeder of Azteca Sporthorses in the world. One of the most popular activities is to ride the horses through the vineyards. Breakfast is served right in Mrs. Miller’s kitchen and it gives you such a welcoming feeling to each breakfast here.
For dinner, we ate at Laja, which has a set menu with a choice of 5 or 7 courses, paired with a wine tasting. This dinner experience was hard to beat, and I would drive back 6 hrs. each way to relive it.
During our visit, we of course set out to get some wine tastings under our belt. In order not to overwhelm ourselves, we took it slow and played these visits by ear. We’re so glad we did! We found some amazing settings to drink some local favorites.
Our next stay was at the “new kid” on the block, Partana. Partana is made up of 6 villas in a vineyard setting. Partana has met not only all environmental standards, but it is pleasing to the eye and has all of the comfort one needs.
The fun part about this place is it is surrounded in this compound by a conglomerate of dining options. The first of these restaurants we visited was Finca Altozano. Finca Altozano, which uses only products and ingredients from the region, utilizing food from the orchards, seas and nearby ranches. They also have an extensive list of regional wines and craft beer.
The Chef and owner Javier Plascencia and his family, who is the heart and soul of this place, endeared himself to me, as he adopts street dogs giving them medical attention, a home and love.
In the same area is Animalon, which focuses on meat and is in this amazing outdoor setting under a 100+ year old Oak Tree. Chef Javier Plascencia and Chef Oscar Torres of Animalon make this area a unique experience.
And if those two places aren’t enough, there is the food truck Lupe, an ice cream parlor and a coffee shop too. If you don’t want to, you never have to leave.
Those are just a few of the places we visited. There are a multitude of wineries available to check out. And when you are tired of having wine and the winery setting, just an hour away the beach and some hoppy breweries are available.
A nice walk on the multiple mile long and pristine Hermosa beach in Ensenada is a great way to get some exercise after all of that wine and food.
Get rid of that salty taste after your walk with a beer tasting at the American owned TransPeninsula Brewery.
After the beer tasting, I can recommend a sunset view with wine and Tapas at the Quatro Cuartos property. Quatro Cuartos offers accommodations of various styles and activities from Zipline, horseback riding, areal flights and more. Even if you are not staying here I suggest the sunset experience at a small cost, which includes the 15 minute each way transfer and a glass of wine or bottle of beer of your choice. The view is stunning and the sunset perfect.
Before heading back to Southern California, we had lunch at our 2nd favorite restaurant, the outstanding Deckmansenel Mogor. Chef Drew Deckman created a true farm-to-table experience and setting with views over the vineyards, an open kitchen, walls made of hay and made to order, fresh, finger-licking good food.
Salud y hasta proxima.
Let me know when you are ready to have your tastebuds tickled. @wandering_uly
Images and information provided by luxury travel advisor, Uly Silkey.