Valle de Guadalupe,


Just outside of Ensenada is one of Mexico's most important wine growing districts.  It's only about 30 minutes outside of Ensenada on Route 3 heading towards Tecate.  It is very well signed with "Ruta Vinacola".  The whole valley has been made tourist friendly.  There are signs for everything, so don't assume that just because there is a grape sign that it means winery.  It might just be a trailer park.

You can pick up a map at your first stop.  Most of the places are much smaller than you would find in Napa or Sonoma.  The big winery is L.A. Cetto.  And, it all the way at the far end of the valley.  Many of the smaller wineries are only open on weekends so check and plan.

There's a small museum, and plenty of restaurants.  One restaurant  is "Hacienda Guadelupe".  It is just behind the hotel of the same name.  Maybe there are nicer restaurants, but this beautiful, new, chic restaurant has a terrific view.   The food and wine list were impressive.  Plan on spending a couple of hours on their huge covered patio enjoying a long lunch.