Winery Review: The South Bay, as yet, has no winery of its own. But that’s apparently soon to change! A company has received a permit to open one in Otay Mesa! Stay tun for that, but right now, you’ll have to cross the border and go into Mexico for exceptional South Bay wine.
It’s definitely worth the trip! Currently, Guadalupe de Valle wines are some of the finest in the world. Okay, that’s an opinion, but I lived in Italy for three years and I’ll take a Blanc de Blanc from L.A. Cetto over a Chianti any weekend. Hands down, if you have very little time and ask what’s the best winery to visit out of the hundreds that exist in three locations of Northern Baja: San Tomas, Tecate and Guadalupe de Valle, I have to say: go to L.A. Cetto.
Italians In Mexico
The good news, bad news: They don’t sell their wines anywhere outside of Mexico and they don’t export. You’ll just have to go there yourself to buy the bottles. It’s definitely worth it!
Be easy on yourself. Book a room at the famous Rosarita hotel. Call them up beforehand, speak English and ask them to reserve a driver to take you to Guadalupe de Valle. It’s $65 per person for 4 wineries, including tastings and lunch. Make sure L.A. Cetto is on the list. Then go across the border and simply follow the signs to Rosarito. Once you get to the city, go down the main strip and the hotel is on your right at the end of the road. Really, it’s very easy and the hotel will take care of you from there. If you’re a little more relaxed about going into Mexico (which I really hope you are) here is the address: http://www.cettowines.com/vinos-la-cetto-mapa.html