The vineyards and wineries of Ensenada
Mexico has supplied the world with fine tequilas and beers for centuries and has evolved into a renowned wine region that wine connoisseurs and tourists are sure to enjoy. Ensenada’s global recognition for their wine region is mostly due to the historical wine route and the new flourishing wineries located in the beautiful valleys adjacent to the ocean. Baja California produces more than 90% of the wines in Mexico and the majority comes from the Guadalupe Valley appellation which is conveniently located near Ensenada. The location of the valley shares similar characteristics with the Mediterranean, combines unique characteristics of elevation, temperature, soil and seasons, and is perfect for grape cultivation.
The historical wine producing area of Ensenada offers spectacular events and warm hospitality for visitors as well as wine connoisseurs. Visitors can learn all about the rich wine culture surrounding Ensenada from the interesting history and traditions to the evolution of the grape varietals that thrive in Baja California.
The winemaking heritage in Mexico dates back to the Spanish conquest at the end of the 16th century. The ancient wineries adapted to the land and new climates so well that the Spanish crown, due to the fear of competition, banned all wine production from the new wineries. Many of the missionaries refused and continued producing wine on a very small scale until 1791 when missionaries at Saint Thomas Mission revived the tradition. Soon after, in 1834 missionaries at our lady of Guadalupe Mission began cultivating grapes in the now famous, Guadalupe Valley. By the end of the 19th century, the wineries that were tended by the missionaries had been abandoned and did not flourish again until the establishment of Bodegas Santa Thomas.