wine ❙ Food ❙ FIESTAS
Drive-1 hr 40 min. July Temp-80°/61°
Progressive, locally sourced cuisine, flirty small-production wines, and boutique hotels with fetching personalities characterize the 14-mile valley, an easy drive from Ensenada. You may have already heard about Hotel Endémico, with its eco-pods set into the boulder-dotted hillside and infinity pool dripping off the cliff’s edge, but its latest showstopper is the new Eco-Villa, a glass house and compound of suites with cantilevered decks and gasp-triggering views of the valley, vineyards, and mountains. A giant indoor boulder anchors the adjacent master suite, architect Jorge Gracia Garcia’s nod to merging man with nature, and a sunken tub offers more arresting views. Rent this airy badass perch for a two-night minimum starting at $2,500 per night.
Endémico is one part of the 120-hectare property called Encuentro Guadalupe, a collective that boasts orchards, vineyards, nature trails, a winery, weekend farmers market, and farm-to-table restaurant Origen, helmed by Cordon Bleu-trained chefs. Be sure to sample famed local winemaker Hugo D’Acosta’s latest batch of vino that he makes exclusively for the property, and check out renowned Mexico City artist Xawery Wolski’s exhibit, which runs until November.
After winetasting your way through the valley with stops at Las Nubes, Baron Balche, and Viñas de Garza, have dinner at Finca Altozano, the countryside outpost of Javier Plascencia, Baja’s laid-back culinary prince.
If you’re visiting in August, Guadalupe Valley lights up with Fiestas de la Vendimia, which celebrates the harvest and the craft. Masquerades, feasts under the stars, garden concerts, and wine tastings take place every day from August 2 to 18. Be sure to secure a room far in advance.