Weekend Winery: The Guadalupe Valley Wine, Food & Music FestivalAuthor:Abigail Stone
Got plans this weekend? You might want to clear the decks for Saturday’s Guadalupe Valley Wine, Food & Music Festival in Baja.
If you’ve never been to the Guadalupe Valley, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore this still-under-the-radar wine country, only a short drive from Los Angeles or San Diego, that’s quickly becoming a destination for oenophiles looking for something less crowded than Napa or Sonoma, offering a low-key, unpretentious, and highly authentic experience clustered along a main highway in this region of Mexico known as the “Ruta del Vino”. Boutique hotels, an impressive culinary scene and over 100 wineries satisfy the most discerning of aficionados. Here you can watch a Michelin-starred chef grill grass-fed meat a few feet from your table or chat with winemakers during a tasting. There are glamorous villas, pools overlooking vineyards, private wine tastings in caves, and more.
The Guadalupe Valley Wine, Food & Music Festival is the perfect introduciton to this hidden gem. Now in its third year, it’s set Decantos Vinícola, a sleek 20-acre family-run winery with breathtaking views of the entire Valle de Guadalupe. The roster of culinary + wine offerings from L.A. and Mexico’s best chefs includes Dante Ferrero, known for the art of roasting meat in the the purest gaucho style and David Castro Hussong, who honed his skills at Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Eleven Madison Park and is featuring an outstanding culinary program at his elevated Valle restaurant, Fauna at Bruma, and there are over 15 different wineries participating, including national labels such as, Casa de Piedra, La Lomita, Pijoan, Emevé, Monte Xanic, and Aborigen and a line-up of musicians that includes the legendary Pat Mahoney of LCD Soundsystem. If you need another reason to go, Saturday happens to be Mexico’s Independence Day, a great reason to celebrate.