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Valley Girl Wine Tours

Ensenada, Mexico
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About Valley Girl Wine Tours
Come fall in love with the oldest wine region in the western hemisphere! On our tours we'll learn about King Felipe II's epic royal 16th century temper tantrum, where the La Brea family got their soudough starter, the geological history of our unique terroir, what makes Baja cuisine different than any other Mexican cuisine, what the Mokokans brought from Russia, the godfathers of modern winemaking, the entrepreneurial women winemakers who are reshaping Mexican wine, and how the invention of electricity led to Baja's 5th Renaissance in winemaking Book your tour today! http:valleygirlwinetours.com #valleygirlwinetours #rutadelvino #mexicanwine #thepassionatesommelier
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hognif wrote a review Jul 2019
Rancho Santa Margarita, California2 contributions
Shari and Ava were such wonderful hosts for this tour. Being unfamiliar with the Valley De Guadalupe it was so fun and relaxing to be guided to unique and beautiful wineries and learn from our guides about the history of the region, winemaking and the local culture. We took the "mid-level" package which included a farm to table lunch that was just out of this world in the quality of the food and presentation. It is a 5-star experience and I highly recommend you book a tour with Valley Girl Wine tours when visiting Baja.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from PassionateSommelier, General Manager at Valley Girl Wine Tours
Responded Jul 23, 2019
Thank you so much, we had a wonderful time sharing our favorite places in the Valle with both of you! There is so much to explore we hope to see you back soon as our wines are always changing with each vintage! Vaya con Vino!
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sally s wrote a review Dec 2018
Cape Ann, Massachusetts10 contributions4 helpful votes
Booked a tour, had a wonderful day, learned how wine is made in this region. Great driver and guide, cheese was a bonus. Highly recommend.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Janna N wrote a review Nov 2018
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This review is difficult to write…in a good way! There are not enough superlatives to describe the experience we had with Valley Girl Wine Tours and Ava. I found Valley Girl Wine Tours through two independent recommendations from friends and booked the tour with Ava for our cruise stop in Ensenada. From first contact with Ava our tour was what all of us dream about when booking a tour, the likes of which we’ve only seen on travel channel specials. I want to emphasize that Ava tailored the tour to us by getting to know us through email before we even arrived in Ensenada. She asked probing questions to find out what would give us an extraordinary day—what kinds of wine do you like, any food allergies, do you like cheese, beer, anything in particular you would want to see? Three boutique wineries, a specialty cheese store and a lunch chosen, served and paired with wines specifically for our party. I could go on and on about the history lesson, the wine expertise, the beauty of the valley, the hospitality of the locals, the delicious food, and of course the wine. The valley itself is a wonder to explore, but without Ava and Valley Girl Wine Tours, we would not have had the culturally immersive day filled with new friends and happy memories. Thank-you Ava and Valley Girl Wine Tours, we’re already planning our return!
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Response from PassionateSommelier, Owner at Valley Girl Wine Tours
Responded Dec 3, 2018
Thank you so much for such an amazing and heartfelt review. It totally made me tear up. It was such a pleasure spending the day getting to know the three of you and I look forward to seeing you again soon. :)
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Michael J wrote a review Nov 2018
Salt Lake City, Utah19 contributions5 helpful votes
This is going to sound paid for, but honestly, this tour was one of the best days of my life. I found Ava to be incredibly knowledgeable on the region, and passionate about the wine and the wineries in the area. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed spending the better part of a day touring three wineries, meeting winemakers and eating some amazing food. This really did feel like a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you Ava for making our fist trip to the Valle so memorable, and we will certainly plan to return again and hit you up for another tour!
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Date of experience: November 2018
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kcnugget wrote a review Sep 2018
Long Beach7 contributions3 helpful votes
BEWARE. I WAS CHEATED OF MY DEPOSIT AND NEVER HEARD BACK from Owner/Sommelier, Ava Carolina Perez. My first inquiry regarding booking a wine tour for my husband and I for 9/4/18 was early August 2018. Ava emailed me back on 8/6/18 with a very nice letter with info about the tour, she stated that 9/4/18 was available, and asked me questions to better customize my tour. The following is the timeline of communications: 8/6/18 I emailed Ava back confirming the date, requesting the $160 per person tour option that would include a non-sommelier tour guide (tours with a sommelier cost $180 per person), and asked her questions regarding hotel pick-up and also about what time the tour would end. 8/8/18 Ava emailed me with more info. She confirmed hotel pick-up and what time the tour would end. In regards to payment, this is what she wrote: Secure your reservation today! To secure your tour today we request a $20 deposit PayPal. Your $20 PayPal deposit is deducted from the total cost of your tour and is 100% refundable if you need to cancel as long as you give us 48 hours notice. The remaining balance of your tour will be collected by your guide (Ava) in cash (dollars or pesos) when we pick you up. Once we receive you $20 deposit we will send you a confirmation email with additional details about your tour. Of course if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask and you can always reach me on my cell or WhatsApp at +52.646.108.7815. **But Ava did not confirm that I was booking two tours at $160 each. What concerned me was that I was going to get charged $180 per person after seeing in her email that she, Ava the sommelier, was going to be our tour guide. 8/9/18 I emailed Ava to confirm the $160/person deal. 8/11/18 No reply from Ava, so I asked her again to confirm the price. 8/14/18 No reply from Ava so I emailed her again to confirm the price, and also to express my concern for her well-being as I had not heard anything from her in two days. 8/20/18 No reply from Ava so I emailed her to let her know I made my deposit of $20 via PayPal on 8/16/18, and I'd like to get a confirmation on the booking. I stated that if I did not hear back from her in the next three days, I would reluctantly cancel and find another tour operator. 8/24/18 After trying to contact Ava via telephone twice, and hearing a message that her number was not receiving calls, I emailed her to officially cancel my booking which was well within her 48-hour cancellation policy. I also stated that I expected an email to confirm said cancellation as well as to receive a $20 refund. I even said I was sorry if she was in a bad situation and could not get back to me but I had to move forward. I HAVE NOT HEARD FROM AVA. I HAVE NOT RECEIVED A REFUND. It was only $20, but $20 times many bookings that may never happen nor get refunded may be FRAUD. BEWARE. Final notes: 1. We ended up going with another tour operator, and we had a wonderful day wine-tasting for our 25th Anniversary. 2. While in Valle de Guadalupe, we saw a sign for Valley Girl Wine Tours so it seems to be a legitimate business, and we sincerely hope Ava is ok. 3. We hope that this review will result in our getting our deposit back.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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