Valle de Guadalupe

Valle De Guadalupe is the premier wine region of Mexico with over ⅔ of the wine in the country sourced here. Just 45 miles (70 km) from Tecate or 70 miles (110 km) from Tijuana, the area is easily accessible for travelers of all sorts.  

The culinary exploration, beautiful resorts, fine dining restaurants, and wineries have grabbed global attention and made this part of Baja a must-visit for anyone interested in splurging a little.

In fact, if you do not have much time to visit Baja or just want to make a long weekend to get your feet wet on the Baja experience, Valle de Guadalupe is a comfortable first stop.    

Situated inland around 30 miles (45 km) northeast of Ensenada, Valle de Guadalupe is easily accessible from Tecate, Tijuana or Ensenada making it one of the more popular places to visit in Baja California. 

The Spanish first planted grapes in the region in the 16th century and since then many communities and winemaking pioneers have put their mark on the valley. The 1000-foot elevation above sea level and Mediterranean microclimate create a perfect climate for growing a variety of grapes. 

Some popular Mexican wine varieties you can find here are Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Merlot, Malbec, Nebbiolo for the red, and Chenin Blanc, Muscat Blanc, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc.

The fine restaurants, wineries, and lodges are open throughout the year. But the valley comes to life in summer when seasonal restaurants open to serve the best food with views of stunning vineyards and valleys. 

Moreover, October is also quite popular because of Valle Food & Wine Festival where the finest Michelin star chefs and wineries serve the best meals made from locally grown ingredients.

Things to do in Valle De Guadalupe

There are many things to do in Valle De Guadalupe, including visiting numerous restaurants, wineries, vineyards, outdoor activities, and beautiful sceneries. Here are a few of the top things to consider when visiting Valle De Guadalupe.

Check out all the Wineries

You cannot visit Valle de Guadalupe without touring the wineries. There are over 25 wineries, and each has something different to offer. 

You can do a self-guided tour stopping at whichever vineyards suit your interests. Or join a formal tour and take the stress of driving and parking away.  

Some popular wineries in the valley are:

  • Vinisterrs
  • Don Tomas Vinedo
  • Nativo
  • Vena Cava
  • Monte Xanic
  • Xecue
  • Casa Magoni

Discover the Food

Food and wine are like horse and carriage in Valle de Guadalupe. Whether you dine at your favorite vineyard or seek out an established restaurant, you’ll be greeted with one of the best culinary experiences Baja has to offer at one of over 30 established restaurants.  

These are some of the top restaurants that you should consider during your visit:

  • Animalon
  • Cassa Frida
  • Fauna
  • Deckman’s en el Mogor
  • Finca Altozano

Attend the Annual Festivals

Valle de Guadalupe really comes to life in summer. Multiple festivals are held throughout August, September, and October to showcase the region and the valley’s rich wine and food culture.

You may want to plan your trip according to the festival dates:

  • Ruta del Vino – Annual bicycle road race festival held in July
  • Harvest Festival – August 5th 
  • Arroces y Vino – August 12th
  • Paellas Festival – August 21st
  • El Valle Music Festival – September 3rd
  • Valle Food and Wine Festival – In the First 10 days of October

Learn about the History

There are a few museums in Valle de Guadalupe, which is a great way to learn about the wine-producing area of Mexico. Two of the most important museums of Guadalupe are:

  • Wine and Vine Museum – Located on the Ruta Del Vino showcases the culture, history, industry, art, wine, and identity of the valley. The museum has a great 360 view of vineyards and surrounding mountains around the valley.
  • Museo Historico Comunitario – A small and enjoyable place with many informative collections about the Kumiai Culture of the region and Russian influence on the Valle de Guadalupe and wine production.

Splurge on a Spa and Massage Day

After touring wineries and museums, it is time to take the load off the muscles with a massage and spa treatment. There are many spa options in Valle de Guadalupe. 

You can either go to Viniphera, arguably the best spa in Valle de Guadalupe. Or just book a Valle mobile massage and have a masseuse come to you at your campground or hotel. 

Campgrounds in Valle de Guadalupe

El Valle RV Park

El Valle RV Park is an excellent campground that includes campsites, cozy barrel pods, giant 30ft silver wine bottle, and RV space. El Valle has a perfect location surrounded by beautiful green mountains and has all the amenities and luxury you need to stay peacefully. 

Plus, it is within walking distance to La Cocina de Dona Esthela, a small restaurant made famous by being a top pick of Anthony Bordain and a must-visit if you camp here. 

AMENITY
PRICE RANGE$20 – 40 USDWIFI AVAILABILITYYES
20/30 AMP ELECTRICYESLAUNDRYYES
WATER HOOKUPYESSHOWERYES
SEWER HOOKUPYESPOOL/SPANO
BIG RIG FRIENDLYYESGATED/SECURITYYES
PET FRIENDLYYES

Guadalupe RV Park

Guadalupe RV Park is another excellent campground in Valle de Guadalupe. The campground is just minutes away from the hustle of the town and popular tourist spots. It is big rig friendly and has all the facilities to entertain around 30 RVs at once. 

AMENITY
PRICE RANGE$20 USD+WIFI AVAILABILITYYES
20/30 AMP ELECTRIC:YESLAUNDRYYES
WATER HOOKUPYESSHOWERYES
SEWER HOOKUPYESPOOL/SPANO
BIG RIG FRIENDLYYESGATED/SECURITYYES
PET FRIENDLYYES