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Everything You Need to Know About Valle de Guadalupe

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Just South of San Diego lies the increasingly popular Valle de Guadalupe. Views of rolling vineyards and mountains flood this region while culinary hot spots have sprouted up left and right. If you are looking for wine tasting accompanied by fresh local food and a hip hotel, look no further. This guide will have you winery hopping, glamping and eating your way through Valle de Guadalupe. 

Read on to reconnect with nature through an artisan approach to hospitality and taste the fruits of the valley.

Reporter: Scout | Location: Encuentro Guadalupe
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Know Before You Go

Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
Valle de Guadalupe has been lighting up our radar recently thanks to the unique hotels, stunning restaurants and endless wineries available. Just a short 45 minute drive inland from Ensenada or 2 hour drive south of San Diego, Valle de Guadalupe is easily navigated by car (your own or by car service) and remains temperate most of the year. Head over during August for the Grape Harvest Fiestas, October for warm days and cool nights or January-February for cool temperatures and smaller crowds.
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Stay at Encuentro Guadalupe

Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
The 22 lofts at Encuentro Guadalupe place you in the center of the Guadalupe Valley. Mountain and vineyard views are perfectly juxtaposed against this modern, minimalist building. Enjoy a glass of wine as Encuentro Guadalupe takes you back to nature’s basics.
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Stay at Bruma

Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
Retreat to Bruma, a hotel in tune with nature. Visit their winery that is built around a 300 year old oak tree designed by Mexican architect Alejandro D’Acosta, a renowned winery designer.
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Wine Tasting at Finca La Carrodilla

Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
Finca La Carrodilla features a vegetable garden, four cows, six sheep, two dozen chickens and forty thousand grapevines. They create four varietal wines under the guidance of winemaker Gustavo Gonzalez. As a certified organic vineyard, Finca La Carrodilla makes their wine through biodynamic farming with agricultural sustainability. Enjoy a glass of their Chenin Blanc and revel in the valley view.
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Stay at Campera Hotel learn more

This bubble hotel is reinventing the art of camping. Call one of their ten bubbles home for the weekend and surround yourself with the region’s vines. Each bubble comes with a private bathroom and full size bed taking glamping to the next level.
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Dine at Corazon de Tierra learn more

A quick 45 minute drive out of Valle, Corazon de Tierra is all about local fresh cuisine meaning the menu changes based on ingredient availability of their garden and small local producers. The rustic, eclectic and modern decor melt into the surrounding nature.
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Wine Tasting at Hacienda La Lomita

Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
Hacienda La Lomita was built by moving rocks from one location to another. All of their wines are made from their own grapes, bringing you that in-house quality. With seven different wines, let Hacienda La Lomita curate your wine tasting experience. After you get to know their collection, enjoy their wood-fired oven cooked cuisine.
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Stay at La Villa del Valle

Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
Get cozy in this rustic chic hotel perched on a hilltop of the Guadalupe Valley. 70 acres of vineyards, olive groves, rows of lavender and mountains will have you melting into nature the luxurious way. With only six rooms available, you can connect with the wine country in privacy.
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Wine Tasting at Decantos Vinícola learn more

Decantos Vinícola has 50 acres of dry farm Carignan vineyards, meaning you can wine taste while enjoying panoramic views of the valley. Enjoy their three lines of wine (Young, Reserve and Premium), modern architecture, two lakes and underground wine storage of 360 barrels.
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Wine Tasting at Clos de Tres Cantos

Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
This winery is about more than just wine. Designed by architect Alejandro D’Acosta, Clos de Tres Cantos is made out of concrete, recycled furniture and walls built from used wine bottles. For those who appreciate a good design aesthetic, sip your wine the creative way.
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Dine at La Esperanza Baja Med

Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
Come for the tacos, stay for the vineyard view. This Guadalupe Valley restaurant is one of four Baja Med restaurants and boasts authentic and fresh ingredient plates.
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Dine at Animalón

Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
Animalón is set under a 100 year-old oak tree with breathtaking views of the wine country. Chef Oscar Torres, who has worked under Michelin star chefs, brings global inspiration to his creations including Mediterranean, Indian and Southwest Asian influences.
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Wine Tasting at Viña de Frannes

Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
Experience the wines of Viña de Frannes paired with fresh dishes. With three separate lines of wine, Duz, Legat and Pater, this winery is cultivated under Michel Rolland. Don’t forget to check out their boutique where you can go home with any one of their wines or some specialty olive oil and olives. 
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Dine at Fauna Restaurante

Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
Experience Mexican cuisine stripped to its basics at Fauna, Bruma’s in-house restaurant. Chef David Castro Hussong and baker Maribel Aldaco Silva make up the duo-team of this culinary hotspot. Enjoy bone marrow, clams and a chocolate dessert.
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Dine at Finca Altozano

Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
Finca Altozano is home to Mexican renowned chef Javier Plascencia. With meals sourced with local ingredients from the orchards, seas and nearby ranches, the menu rings true to the Guadalupe Valley. We suggest the ahi tostadas and the octopus to start.
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Stay at Finca La Divina

Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
Finca La Divina was designed to live in harmony with nature. Each of their three bedrooms comes with a living room and fireplace, a patio, a kitchen and a pool and jacuzzi.
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Dine at Restaurante Laja

Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
This seasonal menu offers four or eight course fresh meals that complement the region of Baja California. All ingredients are sourced from local farms and the Laja garden. One of their more popular dishes is the Vuelve a la Vida: sea urchin, lime, cilantro, cucumber and smoked corn.
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Wine Tasting at Vena Cava

Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
Self-procliamed as “the hippest winery in Mexico,” Vena Cava provides the full wine experience. Become a part of their wine club and get access to their pre-launched wines, get invited to exclusive private tastings and purchase special project wines before they are released to the public. A true wino's dream.
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Stay at Casa Mayoral

Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
This boutique hotel is located in the heart of Baja Wine Country. Their four modern rustic rooms are sustainably designed and have views of the valley. Enjoy a massage or sample the regional wines during your tranquil stay.
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