Annually in Mexico there are over 2.1 million cases of wine produced and around 90% are generated in Baja California compared to the rest of the states that produce wine, such as Sonora, Zacatecas, Durango, Queretaro, Aguascalientes and Coahuila.
The wineries that are located north of Ensenada became established in 1975, almost 80 years after the old wine route, but the region continues to stay true to its heritage. The first winery, L.A. Cetto, was founded in the Guadalupe Valley and soon after, Casa de Piedra was founded in San Antonio de Las Minas. The unrivaled success of the two enterprises motivated many other local entrepreneurs whom created vineyards such as Monte Xanic, Bibayoff, Chateau Camou, Alborada Guadalupe and Domecq which have earned international recognition for the quality of their wines.
The creation of these wineries and the natural gifts of the valleys offer many diverse attractions for tourists. The indigenous cultures Kiliwa and Kumiai, whom were the first settlers of the region, transform the wine route into a destination with history and tradition. At the same time the Russian, Spanish and Mexican heritage of the area creates a perfect family atmosphere that you can discover and enjoy within a short drive from Ensenada. Along the highway there is a beautiful wine museum that features local art, exquisite landscaping and breathtaking views. If you can fit it into your schedule, be sure to stop along the tour and take a few breaks for snacks or gifts. San Antonio de Las Minas, which is home of the Casa Piedra winery and is famous for their country style breakfasts is a great stop at the beginning of the valley. There are many small communities along the route which produce and offer some of the region’s best cheeses and olive oils at an affordable price. To complete your tour, one of the knowledgeable chauffeurs can take you to Puerto Nuevo where you can stop by the famous waterfront restaurant Ortega’s for a sunset dinner with authentic Mexican ambiance.