Step aside, Napa: there’s another hip wine country in town, and it’s got a unique energy all its own. Just a quick drive away from Southern California in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula is Valle de Guadalupe, a bonafide paradise for wine lovers. Here, you’ll find lots of boutique, family owned wineries with trendy clientele and expansive outdoor spaces for lounging. Ready to take a sip for yourself? Here’s where to stop on your first wine tour of Mexico’s wine country.
At Adobe Guadalupe, you can live out a bucket list experience you probably didn’t even know you had: horseback riding through a vineyard. Adobe Guadalupe breeds and raises Azteca Sporthorses, so you’ll often see young horses galloping giddily across the vineyard grounds. (Yep, it’s as adorable as it sounds.) The stunning winery is one of the oldest in the area, and it’s a local frequent favorite.
Adobe Guadalupe, Parcela A-1 s/n, Rusa de Guadalupe, 22750 B.C., Mexico
Monte Xanic has been making wine for more than 30 years, and it’s so popular that you need a reservation to get in. (It’s worth it, we promise.) The recently renovated space has a modern chic aesthetic that you’ll love, but of course, the real star of the show is the wine. Here you’ll find lots of Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Syrah. Monte Xanic’s favorite offering, Gran Ricardo, is a blend of petit verdot, cabernet, and merlot grapes. Make sure you try it!
Finca La Carrodilla
Finca La Carrodilla’s biggest draw is its dreamy rooftop garden, where you can lean back in the sunshine as you sip on a glass of white. You’ll take in lots of fantastic views of the valley’s rolling hills, and of course, the drinks are a delight. There are also top notch tasting plates that are well worth a try, and a charming cafe on site.
Finca La Carrodilla, Parcela 99 Z1 P14, Ejido El Porvenir, 22755 Valle de Guadalupe, B.C., Mexico
If you love bright colors and bold aesthetics (along with kickass murals of Frida Kahlo, of course), Casa Frida will be the highlight of your trip. This trendy, fashion-forward tasting room, rooftop bar, and restaurant sets the vibe with a DJ churning out beats. There’s even a super hip Airbnb onsite! Make sure you power up your phone camera for this one, because it’s about as Instagrammable as a winery can get.
Casa Frida, Rancho San Marcos s/n, 22755 El Porvenir, B.C., Mexico