To ring in the New Year, the hubby and I joined friends in Ensenada, Mexico for a long weekend full of ocean views and vino. With thirteen of our viejo y nuevo amigos plus a private tour guide that took us wine tasting & touring through the Valle de Guadalupe, it was a trip that I would do again in a heartbeat! Here are the highlights, enjoy!
Picking up the rental car in Tijuana and a shot from our coastal drive into Ensenada.
While in downtown Ensenada, Mexico, a visit to Cantina Hussong’s was in order. It’s the oldest canteen dating back to 1892, and it’s also famous for creating the Margarita! Spending time at this bar was a blast with authentic live music – the band even threw in a few American classics and looked to our group to help fill in the words. And who could forget the shocking machine that you pay to try as entertainment!
The first winery on our guided tour of Guadalupe Valley was Finca Altozano. My favorite feature at this location was the elevated barrels that had been converted into seating so you could sip your wine from above while taking in the valley views. Or maybe the dogs were my favorite part about this spot – this trio stole my heart!
In Baja you can always count on the locals to lead to you the best wineries.
Next up was Decantos Vinicola. With jaw dropping views on a stellar hilltop location, a thorough and fun tour in both English and Spanish, and the most delicious food I ate while in Mexico – I could have stayed behind and lived out my days here! The wine was incredible, so buy one, buy all. You’ll likely have a chance to meet the owners too, the Grenado brothers, as well the beautiful pack of winery dogs.
Vinos Pijoan was the quaintest, cutest winery we saw. It was a unique tour with beautiful grounds, small batches and lovely people. Definitely worth a stop!
When every wine on your Mexican tasting tour is incredible & you want to take them all home, you go with the label that speaks to you.
El Cielo was our last stop on the tour. It was here that I purchased a unique handmade piece of pottery as well as a rosé that I have stashed away at home for a special occasion. The restaurant on site prepared dinner for our group to take back to our accommodations and we spent the night partying together (fireworks may or may not have been present as well) as we rang in the New Year at our ocean side rental home.
There are so many wineries worth visiting while in Baja – I don’t think one trip is enough! I know I can’t wait to go back. Next time I plan to incorporate some horseback riding too to make Valle de Guadalupe even more magical. I highly recommend this destination for anyone considering a venture into mexico. I couldn't have asked for a better way to welcome 2017. Arriba, arriba!