There are more than a hundred wineries in Valle de Guadalupe, so it can be overwhelming trying to decide where to visit. To help you with your selection, we’ve rounded up the top 5 wineries that all visitors should experience at least once. These are some of the most notable names in Valle de Guadalupe and offer the best wine selections, architecture, atmosphere, food, and views. Stop by these top trending wineries the next time you’re in Valle because these spots are sure to make your trip memorable.
When people talk about Valle de Guadalupe wineries, the first majority mention is Vena Cava vineyards. If you’re planning a trip to Valle, Vena Cava should be one of your first stops – it’s one of the most visited vineyards in Valle for a good reason. The winery not only produces some of the finest wines in the region, but the vibe is chill and the atmosphere is hip. The boutique winery was founded in 2005 as a passion project for owners Eileen and Phil Gregory and has since exploded in popularity. Their philosophy is to create wines without the use of pesticides or artificial fertilizers and they are minimizing their impact on the earth by reusing materials.
While the wines are amazing, so is the vineyard’s architecture. Renowned Mexican architect, Alejandro D’Acosta, transformed the winery into a masterpiece using reclaimed fishing boats and other recycling materials. The vaulted ceilings of the winery are made from salvaged boats from a local port, and the walls are covered with recycled lenses from a nearby eyeglass factory. Incorporating the colors and shapes of the valley allow it to blend in with the natural landscape, yet the use of unique, reclaimed materials creates a visual experience that stands out. If wine isn’t your thing, you can lounge at the outdoor bar under a canopy made from recycled irrigation hose and drink local craft beer. Grab some delicious Mexican gastropub fare at the famed TROIKA – a food truck located on the property.
Valle de Guadalupe is all about sustainability and Bruma is a winery that wants everyone to share in the rich history of the land. This eco-friendly winery has been a favorite since its inception in 2015 and offers visitors the chance to enjoy exceptional wines while engaging all senses with nature. The architecture was also designed by Alejandro D’Acosta, who again used recycled optical glass and wooden slats from an old bridge in San Francisco. There’s an incredible native-plant garden on the roof and blends this winery in with its natural surroundings. The visual show-stopper is its 300-year old oak tree located in the Barrel Hall. The ancient tree stands in the middle of the winery and is the perfect place to snap a picture.
While you can spend the afternoon wine tasting at the vineyard, the best way to really enjoy Bruma’s wines is to have dinner at their renowned restaurant Fauna – the brainchild of husband-and-wife team David Castro Hussong and Maribel Aldaco Silva. Bruma wines pair well with all menu items.
No visit to Valle de Guadalupe would be complete without visiting one of the oldest wineries in the region – Monte Xanic. The award-winning vineyard is truly amazing and produces some of the finest wines in the valley. The winery utilizes state-of-the-art technology to create their magnificent wines. Currently, Monte Xanic produces 50,000 cases a year from estate-grown grapes that are cultivated using the highest standards. The result is high-quality wines that are consistent and true to their varietal characteristics.
You’ll need to make a reservation to visit Monte Xanic winery. A grand gate meets you at the entrance, and once you pass, you’ll be blown away at the sight of vineyards that stretch as far as your eyes can see. The sparkling manmade lake is a perfect complement to the breathtaking atmosphere. Enjoy wine out on the covered patio and allow the ocean breeze to soothe your soul as you relax and indulge. You may never want to leave the patio, but a trip to the production room is the highlight of the wine tour. There, you’ll see endless rows of stainless steel giants housing glorious selections of wine just waiting their turn to be enjoyed.
Renowned for its gracious hospitality expect to be treated like a member of the family when you visit Adobe Guadalupe winery. The winery’s story is quite touching; its origin inspired by a mother’s love. Owned by Tru Miller, Adobe Guadalupe was built to honor a son taken too soon from this earth. A grieving mother traveled to Valle and fell in love with the land, culture, and people as it renewed her torn soul. She knew it was a place her son would have loved and decided to call it home, creating an entity that will forever be a testament of his existence.
The property is also home to Azteca horses, which are the love of Miller’s life now. Adobe Guadalupe is actually the largest breeder of Azteca horses in the world and features a stable with 26 horses that guests can experience. Besides a beautiful winery, the property also features a quaint hotel, a formal five-course dining experience, and a year-round food truck.
El Cielo winery is a small piece of heaven in Valle de Guadalupe. The property consists of a winery, resort, spa, and restaurant providing visitors the ultimate destination should they choose to experience everything. There’s a wine for everyone at El Cielo winery, as they offer both red and white selections, in addition to a very enticing Rose – all made using the best winemaking techniques and premium grapes. Wine-maker Jesus Rivera expresses his vision in his unique, award-winning blends that are sure to entice your taste buds. Right now, there are four different labels: Astronomos, Astros, Constelaciones and Estrellas (The Reserved Collection). The underground cellar is astonishing and a highlight of your visit. If you’re interested in learning more about wine, El Cielo vineyard provides wine seminars, along with a wine-blending course that allows visitors the chance to produce their very own bottle of wine and even add a personalized label.
El Cielo winery also has a notable restaurant on the property called Latitude 32 Steakhouse. It’s renowned in the region for its certified Angus beef cuts. They also have a “Dining in the Dark” experience, which allows guests to eat in a pitch-black setting.
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