Getting on/off a Sprinter; driving about 40 miles, approximately 1 hour riding time. Walking about 1/2 mile, standing up to 1 hour during field trips; gravel paths, slight uphills.
At the hotel.
We will spend today learning about and getting acquainted with the Guadalupe Valley in the heart of wine country. Amid rolling hills and granite boulders, wineries range from simple working establishments to state of the art industries, often displaying innovative architecture. Sprinkled among them are ranches, orchards, vineyards, artists’ studios, and gourmet restaurants. We will board a Sprinter and ride to the home of an artist. Born into a family of etchers from Mexico City, Guadalupe moved to Ensenada and established a workshop in her home. We will learn about the ancient process of etching and see how the artist develops her works. There are currently about 100 wineries in Mexico’s wine region, from large commercial producers to mid-sized establishments and makeshift operations. Moving on, we will visit a winery where personnel will take us through tunnels to follow the winemaking process ending in the tasting room where we will have an opportunity to taste delicious wines We’ll ride on to an adjacent establishment with a grand view of the valley to taste their wines and compare flavors.
At the winery. Due to the early dinner event, lunch will consist of select snacks while tasting wines.
The valley was once home to people of diverse heritage including Kumiai Native Indians, Spanish missionaries, and a colony of Molokan Russians. We will stop briefly at a small museum to become acquainted with this history. We’ll ride on to the last winery of our day. Clos de Tres Cantos is unusual. Founded in 2014, it is based on sustainability and recycling with distinctive architecture, a passion for winemaking, and a philosophy of living the good life with respect for Pachamama — a Quechua word for Mother Earth. The owner will lead our exploration as we experience all of these elements that together have created true works of art in both wine and architecture.
We will dine at Laja’s in the Guadalupe Valley, a restaurant founded by Jair Tellez, now regarded as one of the world’s top chefs. The restaurant is consistently called a hidden gem due to its famed cuisine and location off the beaten path. We will savor the highly praised tasting menu with wine pairing, an outstanding example of locavorism.
We will return to the hotel in the early evening. You might like to relax at the bar or wander along the peaceful oceanfront and step into the jacuzzi overlooking the restless Pacific Ocean.