Only a 2-hour drive from San Diego, Valle de Guadalupe is a foodie’s dream. Named the next Napa Valley, Mexico’s wine country houses hundreds of wineries and Michelin quality restaurants that it’s no wonder people come here for weekend getaways.
I had never crossed the border by foot so this in itself was an experience for me. Knowing we were going to be visiting wineries and drinking boatloads of wine, we hired a driver ahead of time. I 100% recommend this — it was a reliable, convenient way to visit the vineyards, the driver will wait for you as long as you need, and he even bought our group cervezas stored in a cooler.
Before going, make sure to make a list of places you want to visit. The driver knows most of the wineries, minus some of the newer developments.
Agua de Vid – Pancracia
Talk about a beautiful place with an incredible view. Three stories tall, this restaurant was a perfect introduction to Valle de Guadalupe. The bar had an amazing lookout and the development was thoughtfully built. Art lovers would enjoy Agua because they have some really exquisite art pieces on all the walls.
We got there around 1pm and their rooftop patio wasn’t open. A lot of their food items on the menu were also not available until later, so I would recommend coming here later for dinner. We ordered a fountain of margarita (you read that right) and some small bites.
(aerial view of the outdoor patio from the rooftop)
Decantos has one of the best views as it overlooks acres of land and vineyards. This is a must if you love fine wine. We didn’t get the chance to do the VIP tour, but I would do it if you love learning about the story of its making.
(price is in pesos, relax)
White wine tasting
This is the place I am dreaming about going back to the next time I go to Valle. A brand new summer pop-up series by Chef Javier Plascencia, Animalón is tucked under a giant oak tree. Do make a reservation as they only take a certain amount of diners per day. We didn’t get the chance to have dinner here which is 100% why I need to come back.
They have tasting menu options that look like heaven. If you are a foodie, this is a must. To save our appetite, we opted for cocktails and two dozen oysters. How many times can you say you had oysters under an oak tree?
The outdoor bar. I didn’t realize the bartender smiled at my camera until looking back at my photos. So cute!
Deckman’s en el Mogor
Last stop on our food + wine day tour is Deckman’s. Man-oh-man this place is unbelievable. Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. You could not ask for a better backdrop to close out into the evening. Read more on my food experience in a separate post because I clearly couldn’t describe it in one paragraph.
We ended the day full of wine and great food. And the driver? Oh, were we grateful to have him driving our less-than-sober bodies home.