A couple of hours across the Mexican border from San Diego, lies the Valle de Guadalupe, directly inland from Ensenda. Another hour south of Ensenda is the Valle de San Vincente. The vineyards in Baja are places of green valleys and boulder-covered hills in the middle of the Baja deserts. Its dry, hot summers and cooler, damper winters, combined with porous soil and cooling sea breezes, are ideal for grape growing. This northern end of the Baja California peninsula is, in fact, one of the New World's oldest wine-growing areas. Jesuit priests cultivated vines here in the 18th century, and the first commercial winery opened in 1888.
Max. Summer Temp.
Sea Level to 98 m
Main Soil Types
Rocky, sands and clays mixed with gravel
Latitude 31° 86′ N
Longitude 116° 60′ W
Types of Grape
The red wines are typical of the wine styles found in Central coast of Caliifornia - varietals and blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, sometimes supplemented Sanviovese, Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir. They are often deep in color, with full-bodied flavors now rivaling the northern neighbors of Santa Barbara and Paso Robles.
The white wines are mainly varietals or a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. These combinations lead to the creation of fruity, dry white wines that can be aromatic and powerful.