Valle de Guadalupe
Today being Cinco De Mayo, I thought it would be a good time to talk about a much-forgotten wine country that most people don’t even know about, Valle de Guadalupe. Located in Baja California, Guadalupe Valley produces 90% of the wine made in Mexico and is the New World’s oldest wine growing area. Most of the nearly 200 wineries are open all year; but are most popular during summer months due to the famous Fiestas de La Vendimia (late July/mid-August). The Vendimia wine harvest festival is a series of elite parties and events held at various wineries throughout the nearly month-long celebration, and some are cost free. For more information on the festival, please check out DiscoverBaja.com.
Much like wine country in California, the Guadalupe Valley varietals are traditionally Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Grenache, Zinfandel and Syrah for the reds and Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chenin Blanc and Semillon for the whites, to name a few. Its terroir is very similar to Tuscany with its loamy clay, rocky granite and alluvial rich soil. The wine is known to have a certain salinity due to its surrounding dry environment.
With so many wineries to choose from, there definitely is something for everyone. Some of our favorite wineries are Solar Fortun, (solarfortun.com), Monte Xanic, (montexanic.com), Casa de Piedra,(vinoscasadepiedra.com), and L.A. Cetto (lacettomx.com). I highly recommend a trip down south to create a favorites list of your own, or you can always have Valle de Guadalupe wine come to you with the magic of the internet and delivery. Happy Cinco De Mayo and Cheers!