This report just in from Bob’s wine exploration trip to this amazing area of Mexico.
We had a great time! We stayed at a bed and breakfast called Villa Del Valle. An English couple created it. It’s like they watched the movie “Under The Tuscan Sun” and decided to do something similar in Mexico. It was decorated with folk art from all over Mexico. Really a great place.
They also have a restaurant called Corazon de Tierra which is rated as one of the top 50 restaurants in Latin America.
Their winery is Vena Cava. They have a food truck outside their winery that has outstanding food. I had grilled Octopus tostadas there that were terrific. I actually thought that the food scene in the valley was more fun than the wine, but of course they go together. Lots of great seafood.
There is a chef called Deckman that has 3 restaurants. One we went to is all outdoor with an outdoor kitchen. This place is fantastic. Lots of fresh oysters and grilled meats. He grows much of his fruits and vegetables there. He also does food for a micro brewery in Ensenada. Their beer is really good.
Corazon de Tierra is great also. Sorry, I kept forgetting to take pictures of the food. We hadn’t done any research on the wines before we went, so we toured the wineries that had the best views, or that we happened upon.
My impression is that most of the wineries are very young. You get the idea that they really are creating something special in the Valle. It reminded me of the Willamette valley in Oregon. Some wineries are very modest and some are really elaborate. Most of the new, elaborate wineries are using very contemporary architecture. The wines are big reds like Tempranillo’s and red blends.
We started taking Spanish classes one year ago and this trip was to keep us enthused about continuing forward. Because The Valle is a newer tourist destination not everybody speaks English which was perfect for us as it forced us to use some of our limited Spanish.
Generally all the people are very warm and authentic. We had a great time!