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A month of festivities begin this weekend, and continue through August 20th in the wine valley.
Valle de Guadalupe is a lush, green landscape stretching for miles along the Baja peninsula, providing a seemingly endless, aesthetically-pleasing vista from any inland hilltop.
Visitors from around the world migrate like spawning salmon to this exquisite oasis in the desert to enjoy wine-tasting excursions from one sprawling vineyard to another, to marvel at the uniqueness of each of the award-winning wineries and to experience the vast expanse of magnificent scenery.
The celebration begins July 27th, and thus begins the Fiesta de la Vendimia (“Wine Harvest Festival”). It is the annual celebration that started 27 years ago, when the Valle de Guadalupe wineries first raised a toast to the fruits of their labor!
Once the festivities begin, there is a special event taking place every day through August 20th. The main events are hosted by individual wineries, and feature wine tastings, concerts, formal dinners and a variety of entertainment.
Here’s a listing of special events for your convenience. Please be advised that it is wise to purchase tickets for each event in advance, since many of them sell out quickly. Contact the venues directly for prices and information.
Thursday, July 27th, 6:00 pm: Salon del Vino is the inaugural event this year at the Riviera del Pacifico in Ensenada, where you will be able to taste more than 100 premium wines of our region. At just about $70 USD per ticket the event pays for itself with just a few sips of these gorgeous wines and the hors d’oeuvres offered. This is the first year the event is open to the public, in the past the event was reserved for press and special guests.
Friday, July 28th, 7:00 pm: Muestra del Vino 2017 takes place at the Riviera del Pacifico in Ensenada, one of the most iconic buildings in the city. It recently received a fresh coat of paint in preparation of this event! Featured: Wines from over 50 regional wineries, local food and musical entertainment. Must be at least 18 years old to attend.
Saturday, July 29th, 9:00 am: The Visitas Enologicas I begins at Plaza Civica de la Patria (known as “3 heads”) on Blvd Costero in Ensenada, and is a planned tour of various regional wineries, featuring Santo Tomas and Rincon de Guadalupe, among others….
Saturday, July 29th, 7:00 pm: Destino Norte (“Northbound”) sports a four-course dinner by chef Karla Vallejo from Sonora; meals will be complemented by a variety of wines from AIXimia…
Thursday, August 3rd, 4:00 pm: CEARTE (Centro Estatal de las Artes, Ensenada), Plaza Norte y Terraza, hosts a FREE celebration of Vendemia, featuring live music, entertainment for all ages (children welcome!), visual and other expressions of art in every imaginable genre…
Friday, August 4th, 5:30 pm: Vinicola Vinisterra hosts “Regredando a Vendimia,” Returning to the Harvest, with very special events, including grape picking followed by a formal dinner.
Friday, August 4th, 7:00 pm: Dinner and an education on how to pair wines to complement various types of food are featured at Finca La Carrodilla; the event is titled “Asi Se Va a Las Estrellas,” or “That’s How You Go to the Stars!”
Saturday, August 5th, 3:00 pm: Rondo del Valle hosts “Terruno” Terroir…
Saturday, August 5th, 6:00 pm: Monte Xanic Winery plays host to a Twilight Concert featuring a wide variety of musical artists, including Jenny & The Mexicats, Felipe Perez Santiago and Acrusax, and many other musicians and vocalists…doors open at 6 pm and the show starts at 7.
Saturday, August 5th, 6:00 pm: “Cena de Gala Adobe Guadalupe,” a gala dinner at that venue, features a five-course dinner prepared by a special guest chef, plus wine-pairing and live music. This is a very unusual and classy event: A pre-dinner cocktail reception with appetizers precedes a presentation of Adobe Guadalupe Aztec Horses! Please note that wines from 30 different wineries will be auctioned off in lots, with proceeds going to benefit such local projects as ALAS Foundation of UABC, as well as the maintenance of a community park in el Porvenir.
Sunday, August 6th, 12:00 pm: Fiesta en la Riviera, at (where else?) Paseo Riviera del Pacifico in Ensenada, also one of the few FREE events in this program, features wine-tasting, live music, art exhibits and an array of local artifacts. This is a fun event for all family members – hey – you can bring the kids!
Sunday, August 6th, 7:30 pm: Twentieth Anniversary Dinner, A Night at Casa de Piedra.
Thursday, August 10th, 5:00 pm: Party in the Valley, “Fiesta en el Valle,” is a FREE event that sports wine tastings, regional food samplings and arts and crafts from the Valle de Guadalupe.
Saturday, August 12th: Dinner with Alexis Bostelmann at the Oven of Claudius, at Claudius in Rosarito, offers a fine dinner at this unique boutique winery….
There are many other events available, for a full calendar of wine festivities this year, visit www.provinoac.org or call (646) 178 3038.
This list should give you a good indication of how important this festival is to the region. It’s a grand fiesta, intended to celebrate the lush environment and the inimitable hospitality of the Valle de Guadalupe.
You can’t possibly attend all of these events…unless, of course, you are already on top of the liver transplant receivers list. No matter how many you DO attend, however, have fun and be responsible, if you’re drinking it’s better to have a designated driver or take an Uber which will take you and your friends to and from the valley safely for a reasonable rate. Enjoy!