Things To Do In Valle De Guadalupe
Valle de Guadaloupe is in the state of Baja California in the Ensenada municipal District of Mexico. This city was founded bythe Dominican Missionary Felix Caballero in 1834 making it the last of the missions established in the Californias.
Though Caballero had to abandon the mission in the later stages owing to the attacks by the indigenous population here, he had succeeded in establishing the presence of the mission in this city. In the beginning of the 1900’s, a total of about 50 Russian families settled here and they are still firmly rooted in this area.
Most of them have been able to settle themselves on the vineyards and are greatly involved in the Wine industry. The Molokans, the Russian community is still credited withthe huge popularity of the Mexican Wines. An association of the winemakers of this region holds the Grape Harvest festival every year...
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This place is famous for its grapes and wines and so the best time to be here is when the crops are in full bloom. The winter months of November till February should be avoided as it is not that exciting during this time.
And the wineries are best enjoyed from March till October every year. This is the best time to plan your vacation and visit Valle de Guadaloupe:
It has been over a hundred years that an annual festival celebrating the Harvesting of grapes is being held in this city. Called the “Grape Harvest Fiesta”, this celebration is organized by Baja California winemakers in the town of Ensenada every yearin the month of august. This festival includes wine stating sessions where the entire tourists can enjoy the wine tasting and also learn the art to an extent. Wine tasting is the specific skill that requires years of patience and experience.
There are also many concerts held by the locals and the local talent of the towns in this municipality. Amidst the dance and frolic, the regional cuisine is heavily promoted and you can eat from the various local and regional delicacies of this area. The whole festival is well awaited throughout the year. And the soirees make it a memorable festival for all those who are attending it. The competitions award hefty prizes and participation is seen throughout the country. Certain wineries also have grand restaurants that offer very sumptuous food along with the mind blowing collection of the local wines available and also have lodging facilities built in for the tourist coming in to the place. The entire setup of the wineries and tourist resorts is aimed at pleasing the tourism, mainly from the United States of America. A tour of the wineries is also included on almost all the cruise lines that start from Ensenada.
Mexico does not only produce Sacramental wine and plonk. The northern region of this state, the quality of wine being produced has seen a huge rise over the past 20 years. Many of the wineries have teamed up with the major hotel lines and international chefs to enhance the global appeal of the wineries. Read on to take the virtual tour of some of the best wineries in the town and also explore the city through a full circle.
This place is known for the warmth of its hosts and their ability to treat each tourist like a family member. Nothing can enhance the taste of good wine like the add-on of a good conversation while you are sipping wine. The tacos made here are delicious and there is also an open grill in front of the house. A visit to this place is through the appointment only and the time you would be spending here is phenomenal.
This is one place that is too beautiful, has a lot of warmth and the people make you feel as if you are the most important soul in Baja. Locate this small hidden place and enter it through lush greens. You would not feel like leaving it too soon. A visit here is a must if you want to see the wineyards in full bloom and you would also learn the art of making wines. Small workshops are held here to keep you occupied. The aroma of the grapes being crushed to make your favourite wine is just irresistible.
Vinedo Las nubes
This winery has a view that you cannot forget. Set besides a mountain slope, the views of the scenes are breath taking. The deck spaces and the views are unbeatable. This site is highly recommended for the people who believe in the natural beauty coupled along with a glass full of exemplary wine. The selection of the wines is very extensive and you have a wide range to choose from. This winery is classified as one of the most modern wineries as compared to the others in terms of the harvesting and the fermentation machinery.
Mostly recognized as the favourite of the people, this winery is definitely included in all the winery tours that are planned in this area. The most famous of the wines is the Fringe Benie which is really atleast 4 full glasses of wine as per the measuring standards. Legally a permit is allowed for the purchase and cross border transportation of atleast one bottle and this is one piece you should definitely buy to take back home. While there may be many wineries mushrooming over the place, the Vinedo Las Nubes is still the “go- to” place for almost all.
Apart from the grand tasting room and the sweeping vistas of the valley, this winery is known for the tourist count that drops in to get drenched in the fragrance of the wines.To entertain all the guests, delightful music is played in the back ground and a lot of art which represents local tribes and migrants is displayed to show case the rich history of the community. The largest crowds are attracted over the weekends and the weekdays in this place are ‘almost just to you’ experiences. The best part is that you can visit this winery anytime you like without having a prior reservation. But it is suggested to make a reservation if you are apart of a large group to avoid any inconveniences later. Las Nubes is definitely a view not to be missed. The sun shines bright on the terrace and the metallic chairs add to the charm of the decks. It nice to sit here while you taste the wines and the prices are just as per the rarity of the wine you wish to enjoy.
Bibayoff Vinos – the Winery Museum
This Vinos location has a specialty to itself. Apart from being the vineyard, this is also a small Winery museum. This museum shows how the life style and the culture of the place used to be in the 1900’s when the Russian families had migrated.
Also demonstrated is how the Russians contributed to the culture and the traditions of Valle de Guadalupe. Some of the Russians are still settled here and work in many of the wineries in the area. In fact the maximum Russian influence can be seen in this winery. Here the white wine is preferred over the red wine because of the classic taste that this winery lends to the white wines. The tasting room is a small dark room in the back of the winery. Apart from the excellent wines that youcan taste here, the entire place has a very old rustic feel to it which you can see to experience and old age winery.
They have tried sticking to the traditional methods of the wineries and that is why, the classic taste to the wine! There is also alovely orange garden in this estate and the patios are well decorated with the oldest machinery and artifacts of the ancient civilization. This can be easily classified as a family museum where in you and your family can both enjoy the day. While you may be busy sipping wine on the patios, the children can have fun in the gardens and spend the day understanding the history of this place. There is also a souvenir shop which has the best gifts you can carry back home for your loved ones. There is also a traditional kitchen in this place which offers traditional food, freshly cooked, exclusively for you after you select the food on your menu and make a reservation.
A wine tour – Carnival Cruise line
The LA Cetto is the biggest winery in terms of the annual production of wine. Wines are very good and pocket friendly and the top of the hill to the winery is the most beautifulspot in this area. The pictures can be clicked of the postcard perfect locations and the winery machines that keep functioning in full throttle through the time.
Though the operation seems pretty monetized, the atmosphere happens to be very rustic and the guests are treated nobly. It is avery well illuminated sterile area and the tasting room is one of the largest areas here. The wines are stacked one over the other and a look at the stacking will leave you surprised to no end. The Wine Tour is a prior booked activity is carried out in large groups. The guides and tour guides are very friendly and well versed with the surroundings. The winery itself is very beautiful and the cruise line makes it even more special. Along with the tour they also offer you demonstrations and workshops at the winery and the reserves of the wines are fairly priced.
The wine here is easily comparable to the ‘napa’ wine and the summers make it greener and prettier.The best attraction is the Oak Barrel Room. The winery also teaches you how to taste wine and the staff is very amicable and friendly. A visit to this place is a must for those seeking tranquility and ancient methods of wine making. Don’t miss this place if you are in Valle de Guadalupe.
One of the most active excursion activity in this area, there are various activities along with the desert safari. At a travel of one day from the Valle de Guadalupe, the desert trails are what you should be following if thrill is your priority. While the horses are huge and beautiful, the horse riding activity is the best that can be offered here. You can choose in between spending time with your horses in the stables to the horse-back riding trips that will take you far away from the base.
The owners here are not selfish, extremely inexpensive and the prices are just enough to keep the place surviving and flourishing. Very good care is taken of the horses and their habits. The horses are healthy and well-bred quite contrary to the other places where the horses are treated commercially. They are very warm people and you will feel like returning to this place again and again , after experiencing their hospitality. This is a must for horse lovers who love riding at all expert levels. Meanwhile special care is also taken of amateurs who do not know horse riding too well. A must visit for a day filled with activities and horses.
This is abeautiful place with mind blowing architecture and is famous for Al Capone hanging around this place quite too often. This is where the Margarita is special. There are many margarita bars here and a lot of crowd is not attracted to the place.
While the place once sat on an ocean, they have now build quite a lot in front of it and is very interesting to see the modern culture merging with the old architecture here. The margarita trend started from here and the place is frequented by many top notch celebrities. What is very important here is to have a good guide to take you along. Not many people know about the histories of this place and so having knowledge of thisplace is imperative to understandthe beauty of this tourist site.
There are many secret passageways here, which the Golden Age celebrities used to enjoy. A trip to these passage ways is very intriguing and you would also feel the mystery behindthem. You get free margarita samples and can taste drink margarita also. Beer and coke are other options to choose from.Though this building is not very well known, it is a stunning structure with awesome meeting and banquet rooms, which are decent to the extent of being rare. A visit to the playground of the rich and the famous of the golden age is a must. Come here and lose yourself to the surroundings.
While the Rivera is famous for the Margaritas, this place is synonymous with olive oil and olives.The tour on the wine making process is the introductory activity here. An age old building made of wood, originally made by the Hurst Family, the detailing on the wood which was originally built as a hotel is awesome. A lovely old building, this used to be casino also for the famous of the golden age.
Historically, this is known as the birthplace of the margarita Cocktail. The casino here was extensive and though not fully functional now, this place is a treat to be in. While you enjoy the old hotel comforts, you can easily imagine the sight this place would have been when this wasa casino in full throttle. A small market outside sells the local souvenirs and knickknacks at affordable prices! This is a good activity to fill in half an hour of your day.
This is a recent museum of the modern make which opened last year and provides a completely historical insight into the winemaking in the entire region of Baja. Right from the Spanish missionaries of the 1600’s to the Russian settlements, the movement swept the entire region and win making is now the most proclaimed activity here.
There is also a Rancho Cortes Cheese factory here and is a small operational unit located near El Porvenir. The specialty here is the cow’s milk Queso fresco, which is freely available for sale. A tour of this small establishment will teach you the antics of cheese making. Though this is a commercial establishment, the smaller scale of this place means that you would not meet many people here.
One of the modern constructions of this area, the style is still conventional and extraordinary. Visit this place to see how cows are reared and bred with care. Also, cheese tasting originated from here. So this place has an extensive facility of cheese tasting.
Mexico is a country of loving people and happy souls. You should visit every place in Mexico for the exclusivity of the attractions here. While some places have an influence of water in their life, some places thrive of wineries and grasslands. A complete tourist heaven, Mexico invited you to visit it and experience it!
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