Wine Getaway to Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe
The Valle de Guadalupe’s wines have long lured oenophiles south of the border. Now its inventive restaurants and hotels are drawing a wider audience.
Valle de Guadalupe is Baja’s answer to Napa. Regional wines have long lured oenophiles South of the Border, and now its inventive restaurants and eco-chic hotels are drawing a wider audience. Whether you decide to stay along the Pacific coast or inland atop Guadalupe’s hillside, views of olive groves and wineries are plentiful. Discover the lay of the land with a guided horseback ride through the valley’s vineyards, or dive into Mexico’s cool blue waters with an off-site excursion from Ensenada’s Open Ocean Aquarium.
1 Casa de Piedra, Valle de Guadalupe
Run by esteemed winemaker Hugo Dâ€™Acosta, who trained in Bordeaux.
2 Adobe Guadalupe
At this Mission-style winery and inn, visitors can take guided horseback rides around the vineyards.
3 Restaurante Laja
Jair TÃ©llezâ€™s rustic farmstead is the valleyâ€™s answer to Napaâ€™s French Laundry. Savor buttery diver scallops, seared bluefin tuna, and local roast lamb.
4 Restaurante Manzanilla
Mexico City native, Benito Molina started his career in Boston, working under Todd English at Olives, where he fell in love with the bold, direct flavors of the Mediterranean. Returning to Mexico, he found in northern Baja a Med-worthy combination of rustic wines and stellar ingredients from land and sea. Molina takes full advantage. Local Manila clams arrive in a bacony broth tinged with saffron. Baby abulÃ³n, farmed in nearby San Quintin, is sliced into thin disks and seared on a hot rock, then sauced with mesquite-smoked tomato and cream. Tender grilled rib eye is seasoned with rosemary and served with strong mustard; on the side come buttery morsels of fat, twice-cooked to resemble crispy chicharrones. After nine years downtown, Manzanilla moved last year to an industrial garage in the shipyard district, which makes a funky stage set: raw-concrete floors offset by zany canvases and pink Plexi chandeliers. Itâ€™s a fine place to while away the day over a four-hour lunch.
5 CabaÃ±as Cuatro Cuatros
In Ensenada, along the Pacific coast, CabaÃ±as Cuatro Cuatros has stylish canvas tents with open-air showers and terraces overlooking vineyards and olive groves.