Wine Tasting in Mexico's Guadalupe Valley
The Guadalupe Valley wine region in Mexico is only a 2.5-ish hour drive from San Diego, inland from Ensenada.
With just a short hop across the border required, it was a no-brainer saying “YES” to a fun day trip opportunity with our local chapter of Travel Massive!
Now to be completely honest, the day tour itself was (a little) bit of a hot mess. The guides with the tour company TM partnered with didn’t seem fully prepared for the trip, but it was still an enjoyable experience overall in my opinion.
I wanted to share some photos from this day, as well as the places we visited, if you’re planning a similar trip as well!
This winery was huge! Well, it was the largest winery I have ever been to.
After showing us around the facilities and explaining their wine-making process, we had some samples and then drove up the hill to a large balcony with a gorgeous view.
I love high viewpoints of any kind, so seeing a nice view was (almost) better than sampling the wine! Key word: almost :)
Lunch at Casa Frida Valle de Guadalupe
We made a pit stop for lunch at Casa Frida, a Frida Kahlo-inspired restaurant in the valley.
They had a great selection of wine, trendy decor, and a DJ played house music up on the top deck.
The sun-drenched rolling hills and vineyards surrounding us made for a great view!
Our bus unfortunately got stuck in the mud…however, we patiently waited with another glass of wine at the bar. :) They got out fairly quickly and then we made our way to the next winery, El Cielo!
With the wine barrels in a dark room downstairs, it felt like we were transported to Italy’s Tuscan region.
Back upstairs, we sampled various reds and whites, walked around their shop, and enjoyed watching the sun slowly make its way down over the valley, the palm trees in the distance fading into silhouettes.
Outside of Mexico City (one of my favorite cities in the world), and Tijuana, I hadn’t explored other parts of Mexico until this trip.
There is so much to see in this Mexico, and living so close in San Diego, it would have been a shame not to see more!
I’m glad I had the chance to see more of Mexico on this wine tasting day trip in the Guadalupe Valley, and if you get the chance to go…please take it!