Comments from the wine makers:
“At Vina Liceaga we capture the magic of the vineyard through our selected wines so you can enjoy… Mexico’s Fine Wine”
Wine tasting and tours Sat. 1pm by appointment, tel. (01152646) 184-0126, (01152646) 184-1184, fax (01152646) 184-0262. At Km. 93 on Highway 3 to Tecate. www.vinosliceaga.com
A family own winery, one of the smallest and oldest wineries, founded in 1982. Cavas Valmar is well known for making wines that respect the originality of every year’s vintage by processing the wine with a minimum of human intervention. Their porpoise is to produce wines that allow nature express its generosity.
Free tours and wine tasting by appointment, tel/fax (01152646) 178-6405. Calle Ambar #810 & Riveroll in Ensenada.
Comments from the wine makers: “This project was born with the desire to produce an excellent wine for the enjoyment of the group of people whose interest and enthusiasm lay in the initiation of the winery. At Casa de Piedra, we have endeavored to make our "Estate Wine" using the grapes from the area and its diverse microclimates. Utilizing the latest technology combined with the expertise and sensibility of our winemakers, we have attained a level upon which, each bottle exclusively reflects the personality of the land. Eight years have passed since our first harvest, and we have received high acclaim of our wine both nationally and internationally”.
Km 93.5 Carretera Tecate Ensenada San Antonio de las Minas B.C. Ensenada Mexico 01152(646)155-3097,01152(646)156-5267. http://www.vinoscasadepiedra.com/index.html
bottle of wine, or get a glass and try them all. Our friendly staff can also arrange everything (everything) to cater for up to 300 guests, for private parties”
Telephone: 011 52 (646) 155 2323 (646) 155 2323 52 (646) 155 2323
The valley is blessed with many excellent dining experiences. Many of the vinyards have special dinner nights like Adobe Guadalupe. Below I list only a few of my favorites. We will expand the list as time and experiences permit.
La Hacienda is located in a lush garden setting along Guadalupe Creek and can only be described as a an essential culinary experience when visiting the valley. Sumptuous seafood dishes and savory Mexican cuisine make this the valleys most popular stop on any wine tour. Located in San Antonio de las Minas it is the perfect lunch stop in the middle of your day tour to the valley.
Location: Santos Degollado #444, San Antonio de las Minas, Off the town main street. Tel:. (646) 155-3160 (646) 155-3160 (646) 155-3160- Hours: Daily from 8:00am - 6:00pm
This old favorite of the valley can only be described as a collage of Moroccan and Mexican cuisine. They make a great hamburger as well. Great stop on your way home from the valley. They have a spectacular old vine offering of wine that goes great with the lamb. I highly recommend them together.
Location: Km. 93 Highway #3 Tecate-Ensenada, San Antonio de las Minas, On the highway. Hours: Open Daily 8:00am-6:00pm Phone: 52 (646) 155-3185 (646) 155-3185 52 (646) 155-3185
One of the areas most elegant and acclaimed restaurants, dinner at Laja is truly a culinary voyage. An idyllic setting among the vines greets you as you learn about what the set menu will bring you for this evening’s gastronomic adventure. Everything is farm fresh and conjured up in the valley. No finer experience can be found but make reservations as they do not take walk-ins.
Location: Km 83 Highway #3 Tecate-Ensenada, Francisco Zarco Hours: Wednesday 1:30pm to 3:30pm (last order) Thu - Sun 1:30pm to 8:30pm (last order) - Reservations REQUIRED Phone: 52 (646) 155-2556 52 (646) 155-2556Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website:www.lajamexico.com
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Ensenada Wine Country Tour
If you would like to book a wine country tour prior to your visit call the “Baja Concierge” at Baja-Rentals and they can book you with the foremost authority on the wine country of Baja, Steve Dreyden.
However, if you would like to enjoy a day “on your own” in the valley let me suggest the following agenda:
9:30 – load up the car with plenty of water and coffee to go. The scenic trip to your first stop in the valley will take about 45 minutes.
Take the scenic toll road (cuota) south past Baja Mar, through the scenic bay at Salsipuedes (notice the tuna farming) and to the Ensenada toll booth. About 4 minutes south you will see the exit for hwy 3, Tecate, Ruta del Vino. Take this road about 10 minutes east and you will be dropping into the valley near San Antonio de las Minas.
1. 10:15 - Go past town about 1 km to km93. You will see the Liceaga Vinyard on the right (south) side of the road. Great tasting room with a small charge for flights. Call them ahead and let them know you will be there about 10:15.
2. 11:00 – Go back west to the town of San Antonio de las Minas and on your left (south side) you will see a large Corona sign and an arrow with grapes. Take this road past the bridge (notice the sign for the turn to La Hacienda on your left) to the end (2 minutes) go left and turn right at the sign for Vinisterra. YOU MUST CALL FOR AN APPONTMENT. There is a small charge for tasting Set this up for 11:00. to experience a small artisan winery process. Take the full tour of the process here.
3. 12:00 - LUNCH - Go back the way you came and just before the bridge you will turn right to the road for La Hacienda restaurant. Enjoy a magical meal in the beautiful gardens here. Buy some pomegranate liquor if you like.
4. 1:30 - Head back out to the main highway and go about 20km though and past the town of Guadalupe (the only gas station on the valley is here) to km73.5. Here you will see a big sign to turn right to L.A. Cetto. The tasting room is great and has a wide variety of wines to taste free of charge. No need to set up an appointment there. The full tour is grand and presents the largest production facility in México.
5. 2:30 - Come out to the main highway and directly across the street you will see the entrance to Casa Pedro Domecq. The tour of the caves is very fun and ends in the most scenic tasting room in baja. Definitely try the brandy as this is what they are famous.
6. 3:30 - Return to the town of Guadalupe and stay to the right. Follow the signs to porvenir. The vineyards are quaint here but Monte Xanic offer spectacular wines and the grounds are beautiful. You will need to call set this up.
Head down the road west all the way till it ends at El Tigre. Go right. You will be on the free road and will drop into the la Mision river valley. This will take you to the coast and you will follow this south to the entrance to the highway. Stop at La Fonda in this area for dinner if you have anything left in the tank.
This should provide one of the most memorable days you will have ever had in Baja and it will change the way you look at the area forever… enjoy!