Wineries operate in the temperate, marine-influenced Valle de Guadalupe and Valle de San Antonio de las Minas. A few wineries front Highway 3, the paved two-lane road that runs from Tecate to El Sauzal, just north of Ensenada. But most wineries are found off bumpy dirt roads, banked with rows of lush grape vines. Because this wine movement is still in its infancy, most vintners don't have formal tasting rooms. Instead, visitors are likely to be greeted by winemakers or winery owners themselves and be invited into homes. Visitors get much more than a taste of great wine - they sample vintners' pride, the warmth of personal hospitality.
Vides del Guadalupe Domecq which produces 124,000 cases a year, is the Baja winemaking arm of huge Allied Domecq, which owns everything from Dunkin' Donuts to Mumm Champagne, Perrier-Jouet champagne and four California wineries (William Hill Winery) in the Napa Valley. Km 73 Carretera Tecate-El Sauzal. Visitor center offers tastings ($1) and tours; open 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. www.vinosdomecq.com.mx
LA Cetto started in Baja in 1928 by Angelo Cetto, who migrated from Northern Italy, today puts out around 800,000 cases of everything from cold duck to a long line of premium wines. Classy boutique gift shop; buy salami and cheese to munch while you taste. Winemaker Camillo Magoni. Free tours and tastings of wines, coolers, brandy and tequila are offered daily 10am-4pm. Picnic on the terrace overlooking the vineyards. Km 72 Carretera Tecate-El Sauzal (Highway 3). www.cettowine.com
Casa de Piedra
Winery and vineyards with a unique stone built tasting room. Wine tasting, tours and the famous yearly four weekend wine making seminar. Reservations required. Hugo D'Acosta Owner and Winemaster
Km 93.5 Highway #3 Tecate-Ensenada - San Antonio de las Minas On highway. www.vinoscasadepiedra.com
La Casa de Doña Lupe
Family owned cottage with local agricultural products and organically grown wine tasting and farm products: herbs, cheese, grapes, honey, incense, wine and baked goods. No Reservation required.
Rancho La Gotita, Francisco Zarco, B.C.
Off highway #3 take the L. A. Cetto exit past their front gates and follow the signs. It's the same unpaved road that leads to the town of San Antonio Nécua. Open: 9:00am to sunset. www.donalupe.com
Privately owned winery and vineyards. Wine tasting, tour and shopping. Reservations required.
Francisco Zarco Managing owner and winemaker, Hans Backhoff From highway #3 take the main road to Francisco Zarco. The winery is on the right. Open: M-F: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. S: 8-12 www.montexanic.com
Vineyards and winery built in late XIX mission style with ample gardens and an excellent view of the valley.
Wine tasting, tours and shopping. Reservations required for groups over 10 people. winemaster Victor Torres
From highway #3 take the main road and turn right at the Health Center ("IMSS Centro de Salud") and right again at the end of Adobe Guadalupe's vineyards. You'll see the winery on top of the hill on your left. Open: M-S: 10:00a.m.- 4:00pm; Sun: 10:00-2:00pm www.chateau-camou.com.mx
The Winery and vineyards are part of a six room B & B with private restaurant, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and stables. Horseback riding, wine tasting, tours, dinning and lodging. Reservations required. Owner Don Miller
Hugo D'Acosta Winemaster From highway #3 take the main road and turn right at the Health Center ("IMSS Centro de Salud") www.adobeguadalupe.com
Family owned produce farm, vineyards and winery Wine tasting, tour and shopping. Reservations required.
Km 86.5 Highway #3 Tecate-Ensenada
Rancho el Mogor
San Antonio de las Minas On the highway firstname.lastname@example.org
Vinícola Don Juan / Vinos Sueños
Small family owned winery located in Valle de las Palmas, on the north of the Baja California Wine Country. You can visit the cellar for wine tasting and tours located in downtown Francisco Zarco.
Open daily from: 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. email@example.com
Vineyards and an adobe brick winery, tasting room and store opening in the summer of 2003. Wine tasting and tours. Available for private parties. Reservation required for visits. Open daily from 10:00 a.m. a 4:00 p.m.
From highway #3 take the main road and turn right at the Health Center ("IMSS Centro de Salud"). Next parcel over from Adobe Guadalupe. www.baronbalche.com
Bibayoff - Bodegas Valle de Guadalupe
The only winery and vineyard with Russian tradition, it offers wine, wine tasting, outdoor banquet facilities, campground and a small private museum. Owner David Bibayoff. San Antonio de las Minas Off highway #3 at "El Tigre", follow the dirt road to Rancho Bibayoff. firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Small family owned winery, with wine tasting and tours to the vineyards and cellar. Off highway #3 at "El Tigre", follow the dirt road for 500 mts. Located at Rancho Pijoan, Valle de San Marcos, San Antonio de las Minas
Open on weekends only. Reservations required. firstname.lastname@example.org
Small family winery. Wine tasting, tours and shopping. Reservation required for visits. San Antonio de las Minas
Off highway #3 at the paved entrance to the town of San Antonio de las Minas. Turn left one block at the end of the street. Open: Sat/Sun 11:00 am to 5pm. email@example.com www.vinisterra.com
Vitivinícola Tres Valles
Winery, vineyards and tasting room.
San Antonio de las Minas
Off highway #3 at the only paved entrance to the town of San Antonio de las Minas. Turn left one block at the end of the street and then one block right. firstname.lastname@example.org
Vinícola La Farga
Km. 95.5 y 88.25 Ensenada - Tecate Highway
San Antonio de las Minas, Ensenada, B. C.
Ph. (646) 189-6070 / 178-6755 email@example.com www.lafargavin.com
Viña de Liceaga.Owner Eduardo Liceaga makes red wines only, with help from third-generation Italian winemaker Enrique Ferro, who also makes wine at Cilurzo in Temecula. Free and paid tastings. Km 93 Carretera Tecate-El Sauzal (Highway 3). firstname.lastname@example.org www.vinosliceaga.com
Dining is first rate, but sparse. Try LaJa in Valle de Guadalupe KM 83, perhaps the best restaurant in Northern Baja and one of the best in Mexico. Chef Jair Tellez will give you a culinary experience like none you will find in Baja. He prepares a four-course dinner from no menu with only the freshest ingredients available on that day, and you have to call in advance. Heading north on Hwy 3 from Ensenada you will find it 15 minutes or so north of the turnoff to El Tigre, look for a big blue sign LAJA by the side of the road. In San Antonio de las Minas, for the best pear cheesecake, Leonardos and for fabulous outdoor dining under oaks, Hacienda El Vivero (The Nursery).
Restaurante Laja - Expensive
Gourmet restaurant with a daily fixed menu for four, six, or eight course meals. Reservations required.
Has its own herb garden and small vineyard
Km 83 Highway #3 Tecate-Ensenada - Francisco Zarco On the Highway
Call for reservations Ph. 011 52 (646) 155-2556 www.lajamexico.com/
Open: Th.: 1:30 p.m. -5:00 p.m.; Fri.1:30 p. m. - 6:00 p.m. ; Sat 1:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. ; Sun 1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tree shrouded restaurant with indoor dining specializing in Mexican style breakfasts and lunches with indoor dinning. Services large groups with reservations.
Ave. "A" #270 San Antonio de las Minas
Near Highway #3 Tecate-Ensenada
Ph. 011 52 (646) 155-3003 Open: M-W: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; F-S 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Th: Closed.
Restaurante Casa de Campo
Specializes in Mexican breakfasts and lunches with indoor and outdoor dining. Available for private parties.
Km 95 Highway #3 Tecate-Ensenada On the highway
San Antonio de las Minas, 22766
Open: W-Su: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; M-Tue: Closed.
Indoor dining specializing in Mexican style breakfasts and lunches with an Arabic flavor. Services large groups with prior reservations.
Km 93 Highway #3 Tecate-Ensenada
San Antonio de las Minas On the highway.
Restaurante Los Naranjos
Mexican style breakfasts and lunches specializing in salmon and quail. Indoor dining next to orange groves and picnic areas.
Km 82.5 Highway #3 Tecate-Ensenada
Francisco Zarco - Valle de Guadalupe On the highway.