Wine Tasting and more in Valle de Guadalupe
This week I took part in a day-long excursion to the Valle de Guadalupe with a group from the Urban Land Institute Women's Leadership Initiative. It was a great way to connect with some of the women I had met before and make new connections too! It was quite the day - beautiful landscape, delicious wine and exquisite cuisine, even getting caught in the rain!
I am already planning another adventure down to Valle de Guadalupe! Next time will be for longer, to experience more that the Valle offers.
Our first stop was L. A. Cetto, one of the most renowned and oldest wineries in Mexico. In addition to the vineyards, L. A. Cetto offers gardens, a picnic area, wine tasting room, tours and a tasting boutique. We enjoyed our tasting on the patio where the furniture set was made from wine barrels!
We spent several hours at Finco Altozano, sitting outdoors and enjoying the strikingly beautiful setting - taking in the landscape, the fields and the mountains. It started to rain after we climbed to the top of one of several barrel-shaped seating areas. After our meal, we waited out the rain under shelter, listening to the music of the rain falling on the roof.
This is Javier Plascenscia's Finca Altozano and we shared plates of quail, grilled octopus and roast lamb. And the bread, arriving hot from the oven - simply heaven! I didn't even capture a pic of the bread as it disappeared into our tummies as soon as it was placed on the table.
Leaving Finco Altozano, we caught a glimpe of the Campera Hotel Burbuja, a 10 bubble hotel. This is someplace I might consider staying on the next visit to Valle de Guadalupe just for the novelty.
We had time for only 1 more winery visit before heading back to San Diego.
El Cielo had a lovely boutique on the main level and wine tasting room below.
Then it was back on the bus for the drive north. We caught a lovely twilight sky and was back at the border in less than 2 hours to cross at Ped West.