Our Trip to Mexico’s Premiere Wine Region, Valle de Guadalupe

Vinícola Torres Alegre y Familia

After spending a few days visiting the Wine and Cheese Route of Queretaro, we headed west to Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California to visit the area where approximately 90% of Mexican wines are made.

This is the part of the post where I insert an interactive map to show the geographically-challenged folks like myself where Valle de Guadalupe is located:

How We Got There

We flew from Queretaro to Tijuana on Volaris. The flight was just over three hours and cost us around $150 USD a person.

We rented a car at the airport and drove to Valle de Guadalupe, a little less than two hours away. The toll road along the coast was very well maintained and curves through the mountains were well-marked with signage. That was a relief because it was dark by the time we arrived.

Everything was going smoothly until we arrived in Valle de Guadalupe and Google Maps advised us to take a particular dirt road to the hotel. About a kilometer down the road, we encountered a huge puddle that almost took up the entire width of the road.

Being a former deputy sheriff in a rural county full of similar roads, I employed the old trick of throwing a couple of coins into the puddle to check depth. A deep bloop sound and tall plume of water made it clear that we weren’t going that way.

We backtracked back to the paved road and chose a different route. Once we arrived at the hotel, we told the clerk what happened she said that Google Maps isn’t very reliable in the valley.

Where We Stayed

Linda booked a room at a boutique hotel called Entre Viñedos which means “among the vineyards” in Spanish. The grounds were absolutely beautiful, and as the name implied, there were grape vines planted all around the property.

Since we were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary, we decided to splurge and get the “romantic package” which included the following every day: breakfast, 30 minutes of horseback riding, a bottle of wine, and a six course dinner served at their restaurant, Fuego.

It ended up costing us about $260 a night but it was worth it. The food was delicious and the staff was amazing. Linda particularly enjoyed beginning each day with a horseback ride. We would definitely stay there again.

A Look at Some of the Wineries/Vineyards We Visited

Over a period of a few days, we visited over a dozen wineries and tasted over 60 wines. There were some that we loved and some that we didn’t, but since tastes vary from one person to another, you’ll just have to come here and judge for yourself.

Here are some random photos we took during our time there. We added some captions to identify where each one was taken.

Chateau Camou

Baron Balch’e

Vinos Xecue

Alximia Vino Elemental

Villa Montefiori

Vinícola Torres Alegre y Familia

Taken while leaving Chateau Camou

En’kanto

Alximia Vino Elemental

A Little Info About Wine Tastings

After posting our article about the Wine and Cheese Route of Queretaro, I discovered that not all of our readers are familiar with how wine tastings work. One reader even wrote to ask me if the tastings were free to which I responded, “I wish!”

The price for a wine tasting will vary depending on the number of wines you would like to try and the quality of the ones you selected. Most wineries that we visited had a wine tasting menu with different tasting options and combinations ranging in price from $150-$600 pesos.

Linda and I always shared a single tasting to keep the cost down — and to avoid getting hammered.

Let’s Wrap This Up

We really enjoyed our time in Valle de Guadalupe. The area is fairly compact which makes it easy to visit several wineries in a single day. If you don’t want to worry about driving, you can always hire a taxi for 5-8 hours to drive you around the area.

This concludes the wine themed portion of our month-long trip around Mexico and now it’s time to head to Loreto in Baja California Sur. We’ll be sure to tell you all about it. ¡Hasta luego!

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Qroo Paul
Paul Kurtzweil (Q-Roo Paul) was a deputy sheriff in Florida for 25 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant in 2015. He and his wife moved to Mexico looking to maximize their retirement income. They later started a blog called Two Expats Mexico (qroo.us) to share their experiences as well as information about the logistical and legal aspects of retiring south of the border.

23 Comments on "Our Trip to Mexico’s Premiere Wine Region, Valle de Guadalupe"

  1. love your blogs! There are some really nice Air B&B’s also in the Guadalupe wine valley but you need either google maps to find them or a gps because they are mostly down dirt roads (without signage). But they are gorgeous, safe, and really affordable.

  2. Man in the Middle | February 9, 2020 at 4:53 pm | Reply

    Ah yes, that’s on one of my usual routes to and from the U.S. when we visit the kids we sponsor at an orphanage in the San Quitín valley in Baja (where strawberries come from in mid-winter. The rest of the year, they come from where we live in Irvine, California.) That area you visited is now becoming very trendy, with featured articles in U.S. newspapers. There is also an Antigua Ruta de Vino South of Ensenada in Baja that is less well-known, and also on our usual driving route to the orphanage. Since we rarely drink alcohol, I can’t comment on the quality of the wines, but the countryside is very pleasant, if a bit exciting due to ALL of the major traffic to Baja Sur having to share a narrow two lane highway.

  3. Thomas Britton Chism | February 9, 2020 at 5:25 pm | Reply

    I greatly enjoyed your comments about the wineries in Baja. I had no idea that such a wonderful industry was there. You guys were wearing jackets–my guess mountains…?

  4. Thanks much! I’ve been thinking of visiting Valle de Guadalupe and have been sampling the wines available here in San Miguel / Querétaro. This was a helpul post.

    • You should. I think you’ll find that the overall flavors of the wines are different between the two regions. Not that I’m an expert or anything, but I heard a wine sommelier say that..lol.

  5. Glad your trip is going well! Happy Anniversary, enjoy!

  6. Lori Quakenbush | February 9, 2020 at 6:40 pm | Reply

    I enjoyed this. We have spent time in Baja, but are not big wind drinkers, but sounds like you enjoyed yourself. The weather must have been cool, juding by how you are dressed. Sounds like a great trip!

    • I’m not a big wine drinker but I did enjoy the tastings and exploring the valley. It was a little cooler than we’re used to coming from the Riviera Maya but it was a nice change — for a little while anyway. 🙂

  7. Loved spending time with you here at En’kanto! Hope you can make it back again soon. Or we’ll see you next time we’re exploring Quintana Roo!

  8. There are a couple of companies that will pick you up at the border near TJ and do an all day wine/dine trip for a reasonable price. I asked if they would pick us up at our condo in Rosarito and drop us off on the way back to the border and they will. There is also an UBER option for about $40 all day from Rosarito that will take you around the wine country. We did a trip on our own once and were able to find one winery on our list. Street signs in Mexico are optional.

  9. Happy Anniversary! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful trip details.

  10. Thank you for sharing. I always enjoy your blogs. Your Neighbor (Almost, sort of).

  11. Looks like you had a fabulous trip. That area has really grown up since I was last there 14 years ago! Did you go to my favorite winery, Monte Xanic?

    • We didn’t visit that one Linda said she was already familiar with their wines. She was on a quest to try new wines…lol.

  12. Lorne McDougall | February 10, 2020 at 9:36 pm | Reply

    We are enjoying your blog. I’m learning so much. We will be better prepared next visit to Mexico. Thanks to you and Linda for such a great site. Happy Anniversary, too.

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