It was Valentine’s Day, 2005, when my husband and I first met Don and Tru Miller.
Even though we live only 30 minutes from their working winery and bed and breakfast inn near Ensenada, in Mexico’s wine country, we had heard so much about Adobe Guadalupe that we decided to spend a romantic night there.
Happily, we found that all of the superlatives that had been applied to Adobe Guadalupe were true.
We returned home the next day with several of Don’s excellent wines in hand, and wondered how long Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe (the wine valley, just a little more than an hour south of the US border) would remain a secret.
Suffice it to say, the secret is out.
Today, Adobe Guadalupe is recognized as one of the original players in what is seen as the ‘new age’ of Mexican wines.
With approximately 60 acres of vineyards where Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Shiraz and some Viognier are grown, the vinicola (winery) has garnered numerous awards and helped heighten the overall stature of Mexico’s wine industry.
In fact, Adobe Guadalupe and its owners have been instrumental in propelling the Valle de Guadalupe into the international spotlight as a region of high gastronomy, gracious hostelry and as a destination for visitors from throughout the world. Mexico’s wine country is trending, in a very big way.
Over the years, I’ve visited the winery a number of times.
It plays host to one of my most favorite events in Baja California, the Annual Festival del Caballo, Arte y Vino (the Festival of the Horses, Art & Wine), which in 2013 will be held on Sunday, June 9.
For me, this is family friendly fun and offers an authentic experience in a spectacular environment.
The smell of carne asada, the whinnying of horses, the laughter of children, all framed by vineyards in bloom under vast valley skies is simply irresistible – as is the chance to taste local wines and meet the characters who produce them.
Recently, I had the opportunity to return to Adobe Guadalupe, once again. This time, though, Tru Miller introduced me to her newest love, a gentle-faced fellow called Donaldo.
He is certainly not as charming as Tru’s husband, Don Miller…but he is, after all, a horse.