Ruta de Vino
If you thought you had to travel to Europe to sample some unique foreign wines you're in for a treat just across the border. Mexico has produced wine since 1521, making it one of the oldest producers in the world. The Guadaloupe Valley in Baja has been called the Napa Valley of Mexico. Although Tequila is by far the favorite spirit, consumption is on the rise among the younger generation. Since imports of Mexican wine are more expensive visiting the boutique wineries along the wine route will give you an opportunity to taste wine you may not have access to at home. The state of Baja California is home to world famous golfing in Los Cabos, whale watching and eco adventure tours from Loreto. The area is also a short bus trip from San Diego making it possible to take a day tour if you prefer to stay stateside.
The Fiesta de la Vendimia is currently celebrating it's 23rd year with events throughout the Valle de Guadaloupe, Tijuana and Mexicali. The 17 day harvest festival happens each year in the first weeks of August and attracts wine lovers, musicians and chefs preparing fine cuisine for pairings and the paella contest. For more information on Mexico's wine production and other good news check Mexico Today's website.