Just two hours South of San Diego lies the gourmet mecca of the Valle de Guadalupe. The area is brimming with world class chefs and wineries. The following four vineyards are amongst the most popular in the valley:
Vinicola Adobe Guadalupe
This hacienda style winery is also a popular bed and breakfast. Adobe Guadalupe wines are named after archangels: Gabriel, Kerubiel, Miguel, Serafiel and Uriel. The wines are characteristically fruity and well-balanced. The stylistic metal horse sculptures in front of the tasting room are appropriate because Aztec horses are bred and stabled on the property.
Vinicola Chateau Camou
The french-inspired winery produces award-winning wines in different price ranges from good value low end table wines to the high end red blends and a sinfully delicious dessert wine called El Gran Divino.
This brand new winery and gourmet restaurant sports panoramic views from its stellar hilltop location. Open air patio seating is the perfect place in the valley to catch a spectacular Guadalupe sunset. The wines are made using a combination of traditional and modern methods utilizing gravity versus mechanical pumps to maximize color, aroma and flavor.
Vinicola Mogor Badan
Natalia Badan inherited her land from her Swiss-French parents. She now oversees the winery, farm and a weekly farmers market supplying the fabulous onsite restaurant, Deckman’s en el Mogor, and many other local chefs with fresh organic produce. The winery is known for its crisp Swiss grape Chasselas white and spicy red bordeaux blend. Referred to as the matriarch of the valley, Natalia also organizes and hosts an annual Fiestas de la Vendimia event.