30 km away from the city and municipality of Ensenada in the Mexican state of Baja California there’s a destination where you can eat good food and drink the best wines in the world. The Guadalupe Valley, home to Mexico’s most important wineries, offers a distinctive landscape that differs from what you’re use to see: valleys filled with vineyards and mountains that seem to touch the bluest skies.
It isn’t by chance that the wineries in Baja’s Wine Country produce 90% of the wine of the country. Its Mediterranean weather is similar to the one of southeast French, which eases the wine-producing activities and makes this destination a favorite among wine lovers from all over the world.
The Wine Route is the perfect chance to experience the region’s culture. It is considered one of Mexico’s best tourist routes as it blends visits to the vineyards and top wineries to visits to museums and cheese, bread and wine tasting.
Address: Fed. Highway Tecate-Ensenada Km 81, Fracc. Norte, Guadalupe Valley, Ensenada, Baja California.
Opened Tuesday to Sunday, the Wine Museum explains and shows a little of the history of wine and its production process. It has a store that offers a good selection of regional wines and it also features tours to the different wineries, which makes a visit to the Wine Museum a truly complete experience.
It is part of the Wine Route, 20 km away from Ensenada. The Valley of San Antonio de las Minas has the proper infrastructure and services to welcome national and international tourism and guarantee its satisfaction.
Baja California’s longest zip line is located at the Desert Nest Park in Cuatro Cuatros. It reaches a 70 km/h speed and 80 meters height. The zip line is only a part of what is planned to be an adventure park with horses, bikes, hanging bridge and Polaris off road vehicles.
Address: Venustiano Carranza, S/N, Guadalupe Valley, Ensenada, Baja California.
Among the over 80 species that live in the zoo there are Siberian tigers, black bears, hippos and dromedaries and more. There are also kids attractions like a giant inflatable bouncer, swimming pool, paddle boards and mechanical bull. It opens Friday to Sunday and the price is $30.00 MXN.
There’re over 60 wineries in the area and through the Wine Route you can explore the best ones. You’ll visit from small family wineries to large wine houses. Be sure to book a wine tour to taste the many varieties of regional wine and enjoy other products like cheeses, bread, marmalades and olives.
Address: Callejon Miramar, Downtown, Ensenada, Baja California.
The Ensenada Black Market is the largest and most important one in the city. It was inaugurated in 1950 and to this day keeps offering the widest variety of sea products as well as international dishes prepared with fresh fishes and seafood. The Seafood Black Market is located at the Ensenada north entrance.
Address: Lazaro Cardenas Blvd. 1421, Downtown, Ensenada.
Built in 1930, the Riviera, as it this place is known in town, is a Californian colonial architecture building that was initially used as a hotel and casino. After years of abandonment and devastation, it was restored in the decade of the 80’s to later be declared Historical Heritage of Mexico. Today, the Riviera del Pacifico Cultural Center is a place to promote culture and arts among youth.
August arrives, a time of abundance at the vineyards and we have to celebrate it! Numerous wineries of the region participate in the Wine Harvest Festival, which features a busy events calendar that includes fairs, tastings, enological visits and gastronomic contests. The hotel occupation increases substantially as the Wine Harvest Festival is an event that throughout its 25 years of existence has managed to capture the attention not only of locals but Mexicans and foreign people as well.
Ensenada is considered the Off Road’s world capital and the Score International Baja 500 and Baja 1000 are among the most important off road races in the world. Every edition of these events features the participation of over 200 teams that make their best to earn the first place.