Wine Enthusiast Magazine just named the Guadelupe Valley in Baja Mexico one of the top wine destinations of 2013. Yes, Mexico is most know for tequila but this wine route is quickly making a name for itself for great wine, wineries and local cuisine. There are over 50 wineries along the route between Ensenada and Tecate and sprinkled amongst them are street carts, hotels, guest houses (many wineries have guest rooms on site), restaurants, museums, and many unique artisanal shops.
There are a number of al fresco restaurants that feature the best of what’s produced right in Baja including an array of seafood from nearby fishing villages. Paired with regional wine, it’s the best way to experience the local terroir!
The big harvest festival is in August but wineries welcome guests year round. According to Wine Enthusiast, all the world’s warm-climate grape varieties are grown, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Zinfandel, Nebbiolo, Syrah, Tempranillo, Malbec, Carignan and Grenache among red grapes. The wines tend to be full-bodied and high in alcohol, with lusty black-fruit flavors and an occasional blast of heat and/or saltiness derived from saline-rich water used for irrigation. Among white wines, look to early harvested, oak-free Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Viognier as best bets.
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