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Concierge.com's insider take:
Missionaries began growing grapes in the Guadalupe Valley east of Ensenada in the late 1880s; modern wineries began drawing attention in the 1980s, and the valley is now rapidly evolving into a south-of-the-border Napa. More than two-dozen boutique and brand-name wineries are producing vintages worthy of international attention (Casa de Piedra and Monte Xanic show up on menus around the world), and a wine route is gradually evolving. Both a winery and a six-room inn, Adobe Guadalupe has been at the forefront of the valley's emergence since 1998 and a few other small inns have opened. But the valley is still an out-of-the-way place, about an hour's drive from Ensenada or three hours south of San Diego. Baja California Tours runs winery trips from San Diego. But most travelers typically make their way here from Ensenada and explore on their own. There's a good map of the wineries at www.wineriesinbaja.com.
For more info see www.discoverbajacalifornia.com/wine_country.
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