2023 SUMMER WINE TRIP: Valle de Guadalupe

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Join us for another incredible edu-tasting vacation June 19-23 as our annual summer wine trip returns! This time we're heading to the wine region of Valle de Guadalupe in Baja Mexico where we'll be exploring the the grapes, vineyards, wines and culinary delights of this up and coming wine region. We'll meet in San Diego and enjoy private transportation across the border to arrive at the gorgeous El Cielo Winery and Resort located in the heart of the wine region where we'll indulge in pure luxury during our 5 day-4 night tour.

Activities & Options

Co-Owners Kristin Campbell, CWAS and Master Sommelier David Glancy will lead our intimate, private group.   We'll enjoy a number of edu-taining activities together including welcome reception, Valle De Guadalupe regional overview and seated tasting, VIP vineyard and winery tours and tastings, private group lunches and dinners, and transportation.   You'll have the option to take advantage of our preferred resort rates and extend your stay in either Valle de Guadalupe or San Diego to give yourself some free time to relax and choose your own adventure.  Full Itinerary coming soon!

Fees vary by room type and occupancy, but all include hotel, daily breakfast, taxes, and gratuity.  Group transportation to / from San Diego and group activities require an additional fee. 

To keep our experiences intimate and allow access into smaller wineries, we limit this private group trip to only 30 guests. To guarantee a room in our group, make your $250 deposit today.  Final payment is due May 1st.  Learn more here.   Need a roommate? Contact us

About the El Cielo Resort

El Cielo Resort in Valle de Quadalupe is a dream among the vineyards.  This Boutique Hotel is strategically located on the famous "Wine Route" of Ensenada, Baja California, surrounded by beautiful vineyards and mountains that create harmony with the landscape and nature.  Their Tuscan-Californian design offers a free and relaxed atmosphere, where you can enjoy beautiful views, spectacular sunsets and picturesque landscapes.

About Valle de Guadalupe and How This Trip Came to Be

By Master Sommelier David Glancy

In July 2016 Kristin and I took a magical, spiritual, wine & food journey through Mexico's Valle de Guadalupe. Prior to this I had heard of and tasted a few Baja Nebbiolos and they were interesting but not motivating me to visit. When we heard about the food scene from colleagues in San Diego we started packing. Some quick background is that wine has been made in Mexico longer than in California but the Valle de Guadalupe has grown from a handful of wineries in 1989 to over 100 today. The most common wines you will find are from Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, but one winery, Casa Magoni, is experimenting with 120 different grape varieties as the region searches for their wine identity. There is experimentation with single variety and unusual blends of various warm climate grapes from France, Italy, and Spain, including Barbera, Tempranillo, Syrah, Zinfandel, Vermentino and more. There are also a few wineries making dry white wines from the Mission grape. Nebbiolo here is different from Piemonte Italy and numerous theories about its true DNA range from it actually being Lambrusco or Dolcetto, to it being a cross of Nebbiolo and Piedirosso. Regardless, the wines from Baja Nebbiolo are darker with less acid and tannin than those of Barolo and Barbaresco. The wines have salinity from the heat drenched soils and having the Pacific and Sea of Cortez on each side of the Baja Peninsula.

The architecture and creative hospitality of the restaurants, wineries, & hotels are even more interesting. We visited a winery and restaurant made entirely from recycled boat parts, looked up at a dozen yurts scattered along the steep slopes above a winery, and sipped wine sitting on benches in the top of a large oak vat in the middle of a vineyard. And every restaurant it seems is more than half outside seating with farm-to-table embraced here more than anywhere we've traveled. The quality and diversity of the food was spectacular. Even entering restaurants we saw a brigade of culinary school jackets from around the world and heard of this Michelin-starred chef or that who decided to open a restaurant here similar to the explosion of destination dining in Las Vegas. I was so impressed that I still place Valle de Guadalupe as one of my top 5 food & wine destinations on the planet along with Verona Italy, Alto Adige Italy, Barcelona, New York City, and Napa-San Francisco. But VdG's playfulness and passion has mi corazón!

Past Trips

Check out this fun video and see how much fun we've had ...  We can't wait to create new memories together!