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Discovering the Baja Wine Country in Mexico: Three Wineries and Some Travel Tips

Places to eat and drink at the Baja Valley

VIÑA DE LICEAGA

Established in 1983, this larger winery has a spacious tasting room, an outdoor patio, and a forest of shade trees. You enter the property through white-washed stone gate and proceed to the main entrance through a gravel driveway.

Liceaga specializes in red wine, mainly Merlot- and Cabernet-heavy blends, as well as a line of grappa (a type of brandy) named Aqua de Vid. The winery also hosts events, such as cheese festivals and dinner events with live music.

Liceaga has a spacious tasting room and restaurant

You can enjoy wine and views of the property from the shaded patio

LA CASA VIEJA

The winery is located in an adobe ranch home from the 1800′s, hence the name (meaning "the old house" in Spanish). Casa Vieja has been producing wine since 2006 and features a wine bar, restaurant, and shaded patio. There's also a gift shop selling jewelry, textiles and natural body care products. Art events throughout the year showcase local talent.

It is easy to relax in the snug tasting room, which is painted orange and has simple light wood furniture. You may be greeted by a parrot

and asked by the owner to pin your hometown on a map hanging in the corner. White and red wine is served with excellent cheese, olives, bread and olive oil, and other grilled foods are available in the restaurants.

The tasting room is inside an adobe home from the 1800′s

Wine is served with cheese, olives, bread and olive oil

GETTING THERE

The area is only about 70 miles from the US border near San Diego and there are guided tours available.

You could combine your visit with a stay in Ensenada, a port town about a half hour's drive from the valley. It is easily accessible by bus from Tijuana/US border, and renting a taxi in Ensenada to the wine country costs around 450 pesos ($35), round trip.

*Pola Henderson is the founder and editor of Jetting Around. Here is the link to the original story jettingaround.com/2013/01/baja-california-wine-country/

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