The Old Wine Route is located about 50Km south of Ensenada, and features many historical areas where the missionaries settled, cultivated grapes and harvested them for wine. The missionaries moved on and discontinued cultivating wine, but there were other settlers in the region that continued the tradition and kept the vineyards through the end of the 19th century. It was unheard of in Baja California to make wine for consumption until Francisco Andonegui and Miguel Ormart created the first commercial winery in The Valley of Santo Tomas in 1888. Later the winery flourished and became known as the world renowned and historical winery Bodegas Santo Tomas.
There are many areas along the old wine route that are not only known for the types of grapes they produce, but also the historical presence that has been passed down from generation to generation in Baja California. Places such as the San Vicente Valley, Llano Colorado, Grulla and Ejido Uruapan are all wineries that make up a part of the old wine route and showcase excellent regional wines.
There are seven wineries in the old wine route and they all offer a wide range of white and red grape varietals. The white grapes that are produced are Chenin Blanc, Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay and they all offer unique characteristics. The red grapes predominately produced are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Grenache, Barbera, Nebbiolo and Zinfandel. The wines in the region have recently gained international fame and recognition and regardless of which wines you prefer, you are sure to find something you will enjoy along the old wine route near Ensenada.