The Bounty of Baja: Wine, Food & Local Life in the Guadalupe Valley

Discover the wine industry’s best kept secret in Guadalupe Valley as you learn from world-class winemakers, chefs and artists about their industries and get a taste of their creations.
Program No. 22338RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Forget Napa, Sonoma and Tuscany. There’s a new destination on the enological map — Mexico’s Guadalupe Valley, where tidy rows of vineyards are surrounded by boulder-dotted mountains. Unlike its American and European counterparts, the vineyards in Guadalupe Valley thrive in a special climate resulting in a flavor unlike anywhere else in the world — a hint of saltiness and a little heat. Discover how to distinguish these rare flavors as you venture to vibrant Mexico and escape the California crowds for a less commercial, highly authentic wine experience. Then, take your taste buds to the valley’s unique culinary world as you explore the region’s world-renowned Baja-Med cuisine through delicious multi-course meals including a cooking class. Learn from seasoned winemakers, chefs and artists who have flocked to Baja and established exuberant wine and culinary industries in the beautiful countryside. What are you waiting for? Vámonos!
Activity Level
Varies by date
Walking up to one mi. per day. During the visits, walks are generally short on even ground; however, longer walks on uneven gravely terrain are required for some visits and meal events. Some stairs are unavoidable, minimum one flight. Standing time 1-2 hours per event. Elevations up to 1,000 ft.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn how to develop your senses to identify the wine’s unique aromas and flavors with the winery owners for the ultimate wine-tasting experience at several valley vineyards.
  • Experience a hands-on cooking class with a seasoned chef as he reveals the secrets of this region’s delicious cuisine.
  • Meet famed local artists while learning about their different crafts and how the colorful Mexican culture has influenced their work.

General Notes

This program is limited to 14 participants to allow for visits to exclusive vineyards and restaurants.
Featured Expert
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Veronica (Luka) Rangel
Born in Mexico City, Veronica Luka Rangel adopted Ensenada as her home in 1994 when she settled there to study Oceanography at the State University. Her passion to protect the environment inspired her to continue in the university as an environmental education teacher. Her enthusiasm has helped fuel the development of remote villages in Baja California, organizing cultural and environmental events, as well as participating in summer programs with the Kumeyaay and Paipai native communities.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Veronica (Luka) Rangel
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Esther Mitrani
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