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Valle de Guadalupe


Valle de Guadalupe, the Wine Country of Baja, is located approximately 15 miles inland from Hwy 1, the Coastal Route. The Valley is app. 14 miles long and 5 miles wide at it's width, being about 2/3 the size of Napa Valley. The average elevation is about 1100 feet. The Northeastern side is protected by the Sierra Blanca Mountain Range which provides a barrier from the hotter desert that lies beyond. The water runoff from these mountains is the source of the Guadalupe River. The latitude is 32.5 degrees North which lies in the range of the many wine growing countries in the Northern Hemisphere, between the 30th and 50th parralels. The average temperatures range from 46 degrees to 70 degrees fahrenheit. Summer evenings are cooled by the coastal marine airs that flow through a notch in the coastal mountains into the west/east oriented valley. This cool air offers a respite to the ripening grapes.

Major valley wine development began after 1930. Bodegas de Santo Tomas was the first winery just south of Ensenada that recognized the great potential of viticulture and olive cultivation in the Valle de Guadalupe. in 1956 the first commercial winery, Formex Ibarra, was built with the labels of Terrasola and Urbinon. It closed in 1988.
The Cetto family came to the valley in the 60's and in the 70's vineyard development started a significant change with extensive plantings of premium varietals.
In 1972, Pedro Domecq established the first modern commercial winery. 1974 saw the founding of L.A. Cetto and to date these two remain the largest commercial wineries in Valle de Guadalupe with Santo Tomas as a close third. The Valle now boasts over 26 Independent Wineries and over 50 Independent WineMakers.

Three towns inhabit the Valley, San Antonio de las MInas, Por Venir and Francisco Zarco.


Community Information


Valle de Guadalupe is more vibrant than ever!  There is always something exciting to do or see.  Whether it is wine tasting, enjoying an outdoor festival, attending a local softball game, or simply hanging out and enjoying The Wine Valley's unique culture. It is the people that make the Wine Valley special.  This is a place to vacation or live and call home. 

The month of August brings an exciting time to Valle de Guadalupe with the celebration of the harvest at many of the local wineries. There is a different venue for each...Baron Balch'e has a Tango Espectular, Monte Xanic has symphony under the stars, Mogor Baden has an evening of Jazz. There are diverse activites from a paella feast to a bull fight.

Every Wednesday at 11 a.m. come enjoy the Organic Produce Farm with freshly picked Lettuces, Arugula, Tomatoes, Basil and whatever the season has ready. Take home artesanal breads, wines and cheeses, preserves, hummus...the list goes on and on. Recently Saturday has been added to the schedule. You will also find the market on a corner by CECESE and the University in Ensenada on Thursdays at 1 p.m. Don't be late! It goes fast.

There are some excellent restaurants starting with the gourmet treats at Laja Restaurant and with special reservations you can dine at La Villa Del Valle (a lovely bed and breakfast).
Enjoy the outdoor dining in the middle of a nursery, The Hacienda.
Mustafa's Restaurant offers Mexican cuisine as well as Moroccan...love couscous.



Valle de Guadalupe



Community is an essential part of family, of lifestyle, and of real estate.

Understanding local conditions in Valle de Guadalupe is important when it comes to buying and selling real estate, but the neighborhood you choose can have a dramatic impact on all other aspects of your life as well.

Please feel free to browse through the complimentary Valle de Guadalupe information I’ve provided.

 Enjoy!  Jo Ann



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