If I say “wine” and “California” to you, surely Napa or Sonoma are the first places that would leap to mind. But did you know that Baja can certainly hold its own as a wine-producing region (both the Californian region and the Mexican region)? It’s true. The Baja peninsula is teeming with vineyards and delicious wines to be tasted. Here are five vineyards and tasting rooms to check out next time you’re in the area.
Sleep amongst the vines in a quaint six-room bed and breakfast. Enjoy Adobe Guadalupe’s gourmet restaurant, pool, Jacuzzi and stables. While you’re there, unwind while tasting wines from the adjacent vineyard or go for a horseback ride. Adobe Guadalupe is located in the town of Francisco Zarco. Reservations required. Phone: (646) 155 2094; Web: www.adobeguadalupe.com
Tour Baron Balche’s lovely vineyards and unforgettable winery made from adobe clay. Enjoy a wine tasting and browse the on-site wine store. Baron Balche is located in Francisco Zarco. Appointments required. Phone: (646) 111 1456, (646) 183 9501 or (664) 680 2704; Web: www.baronbalche.com
Bodegas Santo Tomas (Ensenada)
Augment your knowledge of viniculture while touring a historic winery and visiting the museum of machinery. Then, reward your educational efforts with a wine tasting in lounge. Bodegas Santo Tomas is located in Miramar. Phone: (646) 174 0829; Web: www.santo-tomas.com
Hacienda La Lomita
Attention red wine drinkers: this is your place. Hacienda La Lomita produces some excellent merlot, shiraz, tempranillo and grenache wines. Tour the vineyards and then tuck in for some serious tasting. Hacienda La Lomita is located in San Marcos. Appointments required. Phone: (646) 151 6032; Web: www.haciendalalomita.com
Take a guided tour of this lush, family-run winery and taste some of their best wines. Before you go, stock up on some of their wine and organic vegetables. Mogor Badan is located in San Antonio de las Minas. Appointments required. Phone: (646) 177 1484
For more information on vineyards in Baja, see: http://www.discoverbajacalifornia.com/wineyards-and-wineries.php
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