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Ruta del Vino

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Mexico often seems to make the news for all the wrong reasons, yet those who venture south of the border into Baja California will be rewarded with a fertile valley where good wines are made. Independent travel is easy, as a two-hour drive on the Scenic Highway south of Tijuana leads to the Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s answer to Napa Valley. Stretching inland from Ensenada towards Tecate, the Ruta del Vino counts approximately 60 wineries nestling amid rolling hills.

Visiting the Valle de Guadalupe is all about tasting wine directly from the producers: dozens of commercial and experimental varieties including award-winning vintages cater to a wide array of tastes. One can go about it methodically following a geographic or palate-driven itinerary from boutique to industrial establishments, but the aimless exploration of dirt roads is equally enjoyable. Bucolic views from the hilltops encompass sprawling vineyards framed by rows of olive trees.

The region will also delight gourmets with local produce including olive oil, wine honey, jams, and exotic chutneys such as chocolate-chipotle and strawberry-habanero. Unpretentious fine dining pays homage to fresh, local ingredients. Several inns and upscale bed and breakfasts serve as a home base from which to explore the valley, while coastal accommodation is available in Ensenada. Harvesting time lasts from mid-August to the beginning of October, and the popular Fiesta de la Vendimia draws visitors from far afield.

Written by  Francoise Ohayon.

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