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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
Length
6 days
Starts at
2,149
Mexico

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.
Length
6 days
Starts at
2,149
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
2,149
Program No. 22338RJ

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DATES & starting prices
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Apr 19 - Apr 24, 2023
Starting at
2,149
May 3 - May 8, 2023
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2,149
Sep 6 - Sep 11, 2023
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2,149
Oct 4 - Oct 9, 2023
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2,149
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Apr 19 - Apr 24, 2023
Starting at
2,569
May 3 - May 8, 2023
Starting at
2,569
Sep 6 - Sep 11, 2023
Starting at
2,569
Oct 4 - Oct 9, 2023
Starting at
2,569

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 California 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 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn how to develop your senses to identify unique aromas and flavors for the ultimate wine-tasting experience at several vineyards.
  • Experience a hands-on cooking class with a seasoned chef as he reveals the secrets of this region’s 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. Road Scholar cannot offer air for this program. Participants have to arrange their own flights as well as transportation to the first hotel in San Diego. The program ends at the Courtyard Marriott with a drop-off at the San Diego Airport on the way.
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 university studies 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 View biography
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 university studies 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.
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Maria Mitrani View biography
Maria Mitrani was born in Italy, then lived in Canada, the United States and France. She finally settled in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, where she has been living since 1976 with her husband and three children. She has a bachelor’s in Italian and art history from the University of California at Berkeley. Since 1985 she has led learning adventures through different parts of Mexico and is a specialized guide for Baja California. She is one of the owners and founders of Andiamo.
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Esther Mitrani View biography
Esther Mitrani was born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. She graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, then worked in San Francisco for three years in human resources in high-tech. Missing her home, she return to her native city. Esther has been guiding since 1994, and joined the family business in 2002 as an organizer and tour leader. She is an eager traveler, and she loves sports and languages.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Science of Wine: From Vine to Glass
by Jamie Goode
An authority on wine science, Jamie Goode covers scientific developments within the wine world, charting how these changes have affected flavors, grape growing, health benefits and fermentation processes.
Cooking with Baja Magic Dos
by Ann Hazard
A savory cookbook for those who love Mexican cuisine, especially the Baja variety, featuring 255 recipes from the author’s kitchen and acclaimed Baja restaurants.
Not Food for Old Men: Baja California: A Mexican Culinary Adventure
by Giovanni Simeone (Photographer), Anabelle Rosell Aguilar
A photographic tour of Baja California and its often overlooked cuisine, a blend of Mexican and Southwestern traditions and flavors.
Wines of Baja California: Touring and Tasting Mexico's Undiscovered Treasures
by Amey, Ralph L.
An illustrated comprehensive guide to the wineries in Baja California complete with history, winemaker notes and fermentation techniques. Includes an index and general travel information for the region.
My Mexico, A Culinary Odyssey with Recipes
by Diana Kennedy
This personal, culinary exploration of the home cooks, local ingredients and traditional recipes of Mexican cuisine was penned by Diana Kennedy, the "Julia Child of Mexican cooking." Includes more than 300 recipes and stories, rolling out the red carpet for travelers and eager gastronomes alike.
Meals
14 Meals
5 Breakfasts
4 Lunches
5 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Gluten Free, Low Fat, Vegetarian, Low Salt
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Oct 04, 2023 - Oct 09, 2023
  • Apr 19, 2023 - Apr 24, 2023
  • May 03, 2023 - May 08, 2023
  • Sep 06, 2023 - Sep 11, 2023
  • Oct 04, 2023 - Oct 09, 2023
1 night
San Diego
The Mission Valley San Diego Courtyard Marriott hotel offers comfortable renovated spacious rooms and an ample lobby located in a hotel circle near city highlights reachable by car or by taxi.
4 nights
22760, Ensenada, Baja California
Perched on a dramatic rocky coast, Las Rosas is a small, peaceful, pastel colored boutique hotel designed to offer a breathtaking ocean view from all the rooms and facilities. The spacious garden is set along the coast offering the opportunity for short, pleasant strolls.
1 night
San Diego
The Mission Valley San Diego Courtyard Marriott hotel offers comfortable renovated spacious rooms and an ample lobby located in a hotel circle near city highlights reachable by car or by taxi.
4 nights
22760, Ensenada, Baja California
Perched on a dramatic rocky coast, Las Rosas is a small, peaceful, pastel colored boutique hotel designed to offer a breathtaking ocean view from all the rooms and facilities. The spacious garden is set along the coast offering the opportunity for short, pleasant strolls.
1 night
San Diego
The Mission Valley San Diego Courtyard Marriott hotel offers comfortable renovated spacious rooms and an ample lobby located in a hotel circle near city highlights reachable by car or by taxi.
4 nights
22760, Ensenada, Baja California
Perched on a dramatic rocky coast, Las Rosas is a small, peaceful, pastel colored boutique hotel designed to offer a breathtaking ocean view from all the rooms and facilities. The spacious garden is set along the coast offering the opportunity for short, pleasant strolls.
1 night
San Diego
The Mission Valley San Diego Courtyard Marriott hotel offers comfortable renovated spacious rooms and an ample lobby located in a hotel circle near city highlights reachable by car or by taxi.
4 nights
22760, Ensenada, Baja California
Perched on a dramatic rocky coast, Las Rosas is a small, peaceful, pastel colored boutique hotel designed to offer a breathtaking ocean view from all the rooms and facilities. The spacious garden is set along the coast offering the opportunity for short, pleasant strolls.





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