Mexican Wine Country
About 45 minutes outside Ensenada, Mexico lies the “Ruta Del Vino” the stunning wine country of Valle de Guadeloupe. I went on a 3 day cruise out of Long Beach and of course booked a wine tour as our on shore excursion! The valley is very beautiful to drive through with rolling hills, vines and lots and lots of olive trees. It’s Mediterranean climate so the grapes and the olives do really well here.
Our first stop was called La Casa de Doña Lupe . This cute stop had quite the variety of things to try! From the wines- we enjoyed the Tempranillo, Blanco and the Nebbiolo. They also had hot sauces, olive oils, liqueurs, pizzas, and cream cheeses to try, AND $5 massages for 10 minutes! I was pleasantly surprised to get a massage with my wine tasting! I found the wines to be quite jammy and smooth and not very tannic, which was totally different than I would I expect for some of the varietals, but it actually goes better with the Mexican food, which I appreciated.
Our next stop was very close by, La Cetto (pronounced “chetto” as the family is Italian!)
La Cetto, is a much larger winery, one of the largest in the valley. We got a little tour of their large facility from their de-stemming machine, to the vines, to the barrel room and the tasting room.
We got to try 4 of the many wines they produce here. The first was the Blanc de Blanc that was a nice refreshing white wine. Then their reserve Viognier which was a warm climate wine with tropical fruit notes. Third was their Petite Sirah, which in my opinion is a variety that is doing very well here. And lastly, was their Nebbiolo which is also doing well here! The olives were the first olives I’ve ever tasted that I enjoyed!
With the peso to dollar conversion rate, most of these wines ended up being around $6 a bottle which was a fantastic price for these wines. We ended up bringing home a case! Overall, my experience was great! The region was beautiful, the hospitality was amazing and the wines were good! I didn’t have any wines that blew my mind, but there’s 180 wineries here so I have many more to try!! I’m excited to see what comes from Mexico in the coming years!!!
¡Salud! XOXO Cas