CultureTrip.com – Despite being one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the Americas, Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe has somehow largely remained quiet on the international radar. However, with now over 60 wineries, an ever-growing number of luxury boutique hotels, and dozens of world-class restaurants, Baja’s wine country is gaining revered status. Here’s everything you need to know before visiting Baja California’s up-and-coming wine region.
Having your own wheels is pretty handy
While it’s possible to visit without your own car, it’s useful to have one, particularly if you plan to stop at a couple of wineries – there are plenty to choose from here, but they are pretty spread out, and public transport within the valley can be a little tricky. If you’re traveling in a group, hiring a car for a couple of days probably works out cheaper than the day tours anyway.
Organized day tours can get pricey
The vast majority of people who don’t have their own wheels choose to join an organized tour. Most day tours include return transportation from your hotel in either Ensenada or Tijuana, a guided tour around a winery with tastings included (usually to the biggest wine exporter in the region, L.A. Cetto), and a lunch at the winery. For tours like these, you can expect to pay from $100 per person.
It is possible to visit by public transport
If you don’t fancy splashing out on a day tour and don’t have your own car (or you would rather have a guided tour of a winery to yourself), then it is possible to get there by public transport – it just requires a little more effort. There are regular local buses that leave daily for the valley from Ensenada’s main bus terminal. If you’re visiting L.A. Cetto (probably the easiest one if you’re traveling by public bus), then ask the driver to drop you off at the Valley’s main petrol station (if you tell them you’re visiting L.A. Cetto, they will know where to drop you off). From here, it’s a scenic 45-minute walk to the winery.
Originally published on 29 June 2018 – Read the Full Article on CultureTrip.com