This is a private tour just for our small group of some of the smaller, boutique wineries in Valle de Guadalupe in northern Baja, between the cities of Ensenada and Tecate!
Here, we’ll find a great variety of wines, many award-winning, including French and Italian. I first visited the valley in 1994, when there were just a few vineyards, and it has now mushroomed to become the largest wine growing area in all of Mexico!
The Valle also has a very fascinating history which we can still see remnants of. It was the route of gold miners who went through here in the 1870s and 1880s, and before that, a mission was established in 1834 (Baja’s last, Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe) and produced wheat, olives, pears, and grapes – the grapes for wine production – the first in the Valle.
In fact the mission was referred to as the peninsula’s most prosperous and powerful with over 400 Indians, 4,915 head of cattle and fertile fields fed by an intricate irrigation system. But it had the shortest life of all as in 1840, Jatnil, the leader of the Kumiai Indians. didn’t like the forced conversion of his people and led a successful revolt against the mission, chasing the padres out of the valley. It is said that Padre Felix Caballero fled leaving most of the mission’s livestock.
In the early 1900’s, 105 Russian families settled in the Valle and the village they founded, Francisco Zarco, still exists, with it’s fascinating Museum.
Today, the Valle is still incredibly beautiful with plentiful water which support the fertile fields that include peach, apricot, and olive orchards, amidst the great vistas of grapes. Flowers are everywhere, and combined with the often unique architecture, it’s a weekend you’ll remember for it’s quiet peacefulness, in the middle of Nature, and rooted in a deep history.
Friday January 25 2019
1:00 p.m. Our van will meet us at the Tijuana airport, and we will have a late afternoon introductory tour before dinner. If you’re walking over the border from San Diego, our driver will pick you up just prior to meeting the rest of us on our 1pm flight. Dinner on your own. Ground transportation, our private guide, and lodging provided.
Saturday January 26 2019
This morning our driver and van will pick us up after breakfast and we’ll have a special insider’s in-depth tour of some of the great up-and-coming smaller wineries in this magical valley. We’ll have a lunch break at one of the delicious little restaurants and then continue our tour until dinner. Meals on our own. Ground transportation, guided tour, and lodging provided.
Sunday January 27 2019
Our van arrives before breakfast and we can stop at one of the wonderful little places in the Valle for something to eat before we arrive back at the airport for our flight(s), or to be dropped off at the border for crossing back into the U.S.
Price: $375USD/person double occupancy.
Space is limited for this tour; reserve yours with $100 deposit.
If you’re coming from San Diego, California, we can easily pick you up on the Mexican side of the pedestrian border crossing.
Calafia Airlines has an inexpensive flight leaving at 12noon for Tijuana on Friday, January 25, if you are coming from La Paz, and a return flight early afternoon on the 27th, leaving Tijuana
Two nights lodging at an inn in the valley, our private tour, ground transport to and from the airport to the hotel (1-1/2 hour each way).
Meals, tips, wine tasting fees, and airfare on your own .