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.
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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