Waking up in Baja California's wine country is a unique experience for those seasoned travelers seeking an unparalleled gastronomic getaway. When the wineries shut their doors for the evening, and the sun falls low into a golden sky, the region's boutique hotels, rustic inns, and chic bed-and-breakfast accommodations welcome those lucky few who reserved their stay in advance. And after a day of exploring Mexico's best wineries, you'll appreciate the warm Mexican hospitality, tranquility, serenity, and quiet peacefulness that blankets this desert wine region.

PLAN YOUR STAY

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PLAN YOUR STAY...

If you're planning a multi-day visit to Mexico's wine country, more than the normal amount of advanced preparation is required. The beauty of Baja California is that it can be a little rough around the edges. But therein lies the fun; exploring Baja's wine country is like a treasure hunt. Many, if not most, of the beautiful wineries and chic lodging accommodations are located off the beaten path, some on unpaved roads. No surprise that road signs are in Spanish, and even written driving directions can be a challenge to decipher. But for the seasoned international traveler, this magical destination is worth the trouble. Step one is to secure your lodging...

Encuentro Guadalupe, Valle de Guadalupe

Encuentro Guadalupe, Valle de Guadalupe

Constraints related to water use mean that hotels in the Valle de Guadalupe are small - most between 3-10 rooms. With lodging demand high, and the number of available rooms relatively low, it can be challenging to find lodging in the Valle de Guadalupe on short notice. Use the inquiry form below to request a list of our recommended lodging partners. Unless you book far in advance, you'll likely have more luck if your dates don't include a Friday or Saturday night. Note that most properties in the Valle de Guadalupe require a two-night-minimum stay on weekends, and during peak seasons such as summer, spring break, and winter holidays.

If finding lodging in the Valle de Guadalupe proves difficult, don't despair. A lovely alternative is to stay right on the Pacific coast in nearby Ensenada. Just a 20-minute drive from the Valle de Guadalupe, this Mexican port town is famous for its fresh fish and seafood, excellent dining options, and vibrant nightlife. Lodging options are usually a bit less expensive in Ensenada, often without a minimum stay requirement, and offer cool ocean breezes as a welcome respite to the hotter Valle de Guadalupe.

Las Rosas Hotel & Spa, Ensenada

Las Rosas Hotel & Spa, Ensenada

Once you have secured your lodging, the next step is to arrange a tasting tour (or multiple tours) with Baja Test Kitchen as your guide. Departing from the border or your hotel, our most popular tasting tours visit boutique wineries in the Valle de Guadalupe and stop for a multi-course gourmet lunch overlooking the vineyards. Cheese lovers will delight in a visit to a local artisan cheese monger or dairy, an option on some wine tour itineraries. And those more interested in the culinary delights of Ensenada will not want to miss our "Ensenada Eats" foodie tour. If you'll be visiting over multiple days, we recommend a wine tour one day, and a foodie tour the other day (our "surf to turf" multi-day experience).

Adobe Guadalupe Hotel, Valle de Guadalupe

Adobe Guadalupe Hotel, Valle de Guadalupe

When driving to the Region (the Valle de Guadalupe and Ensenada are each about 90-minutes south of the border), you may purchase Mexican auto insurance (required by law in Mexico) online through our sister company, Discover Baja Travel Club. You'll find border crossing and driving directions on Discover Baja's website, along with a wealth of other information about traveling in Baja California. Beware that drinking and driving is a serious offense in Mexico, and Mexican law only requires suspicion of driving under the influence to stop and detain, or arrest, the driver. As such, our best recommendation is to drive to your hotel, park your car, and let us do the driving during your stay.

In some cases, Baja Test Kitchen may be able to provide or arrange for transport from the border to your hotel in Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada, or Rosarito (based on our availability at time of booking). Some hotels also provide or can arrange for transportation from/to the border - inquire with your hotel directly for this service. You should not rely on "Uber Valle" service from Tijuana to Valle de Guadalupe; in our experience, the service can be spotty and unreliable, and you stand a decent chance of being stranded in Tijuana (or in the Valle de Guadalupe) if there is not a driver available or willing to make the long trek either direction - leaving you to negotiate a cash rate with a taxi, or find the bus station (we do not recommend either).

Once you have made your lodging reservation, please use the multi-day experience inquiry form below to submit your request for our availability on your dates.

The Inn at La Villa del Valle, Valle de Guadalupe

The Inn at La Villa del Valle, Valle de Guadalupe


INQUIRE ABOUT A MULTI-DAY EXPERIENCE

For more information about our multi-day experiences for two or more people, including a list of our reccommended lodging options, please complete and submit the inquiry form below.

Primary Contact's Name *
Primary Contact's Name
Primary Contact's Phone Number *
Primary Contact's Phone Number
Tell us a little about your group. Where are you from? How are you related? Are you part of a club or organization? Please include a link to your organization's website if applicable.
We'd love to help you celebrate! Please describe your special occasion below (birthday, anniversary, engagement, bachelor or bachelorette party, etc.). Note that bachelor and bachelorette parties must book as private parties and are subject to the private tour surcharge (see below).
Desired Start Date of Your Multi-Day Experience *
Desired Start Date of Your Multi-Day Experience
Please note that Mondays are not the best days for culinary tours, as most restaurants and wineries are closed Mondays, and accordingly the choices are very limited (especially in the winter months).
Second Choice Start Date (if your first choice dates are not available)
Second Choice Start Date (if your first choice dates are not available)
In case your first choice tour date is not available, please provide your second choice. Please note that Mondays are not the best days for culinary tours, as most restaurants and wineries are closed Mondays, and accordingly the choices are very limited (especially in the winter months).
How many nights would you like to stay in the Region?
Where should we plan to pick you up? For tours originating in the U.S., you'll meet your guide at a designated meeting point on the U.S. side of the border, then walk across the border together. We'll send you detailed directions to the designated meeting point. If you'd like to be picked-up and dropped-off at an address in San Diego, you'll pay a cross-border transportation surcharge in addition to your other tour fees (surcharge applied/paid once for your group). There is no transport surcharge for pick-up locations in Northern Baja (Tijuana, Tecate, Rosarito, Ensenada, Port of Ensenada, or Valle de Guadalupe).
Do You Want a Private Tour Experience? *
For groups of 1-9 participants, a $150 private tour surcharge will be added to your tour fees if you select 'Yes'. If you select 'No', smaller groups may be combined into a single tour vehicle. For groups of 10 or more, there is no additional charge for a private tour experience.
Tasting Tour Interests (check one or two) *
What else would you like us to know? Does anyone in your group have food allergies or dietary preferences we should be aware of when planning your itinerary?