Valle de Guadalupe is less than two hours from downtown San Diego and just across the Mexican border. This area in northern Baja California is one of the oldest wine-growing areas of the New World. Wine dates back to the 1880’s and at last count there are approximately 120 wineries in Baja California’s, Valle de Guadalupe. Like Napa, Sonoma or any other prolific wine region, choosing wineries and restaurants to visit can be the difficult part. If you are wondering where to find some of the very best in Valle de Guadalupe food and wine, take note. Let me alleviate some of the guess work and suggest a visit to the boutique winery, Casa de Piedra and their new restaurant Conchas de Piedra.
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Casa de Piedra and it’s restaurant, Conchas de Piedra are located on highway 3 and can be found by simply looking for the roadside sign. These signs with a “bunch of grapes” make navigating this wine region a fairly simple task.
Casa de Piedra
New wineries are consistently opening in Valle de Guadalupe and this is in large part due to the visionary winemaker Hugo D’Acosta. Hugo, the owner of Casa de Piedra studied in Italy and France before making his way to the Valle and releasing his first vintage in 1997. Hugo sees wine as a source from mother nature and has focused on creating wines that showcase the Mexican terroir. Not only is Hugo a pioneer wine maker, he is considered the guru of wine in the Valle by most of the other wine makers. Hugo has not only mentored many of the other wine makers and aspiring wine makers, but he teaches a highly sought after course specifically focused on wine making in Valle de Guadalupe.
Casa de Piedra is the only winery in the Valle that doesn’t charge for a tasting. During a visit, which is by appointment only, you will enjoy several of their boutique wines aged in 50 % American oak and 50% French oak barrels. Some of their most popular wines are the Piedra del Sol espumoso (sparkling wine), which regularly sells out and their signature red, which is Tempranillo-Cabernet, aged 13 months in the barrel.
Valle de Guadalupe Food and Wine is unique to the region. You will also have the opportunity to tour the winery and vineyards
Conchas de Piedra
After wine tasting, head uphill to the newly opened Conchas de Piedra restaurant. The restaurant is self described as a celebratio
The restaurant is an upscale oyster bar with a unparalleled view of the beautiful vineyards and winery of Casa de Piedra and the Valle itself.
As many of the restaurants in Valle, Conchas de Piedra is an outdoor restaurant. Not only is the seating outdoors, but the kitchen has been created as part of the experience. During my visit the kitchen was led by Chef Andres and food stylist Brenda.
The Conchas de Piedra experience is a combination of great wine, food, atmosphere, and the lovely small touches seen throughout out the space.
The focus at Conchas de Piedra is oysters as well as other raw and grilled fish. Our meal began with three types of fresh oysters served with a variety of minuets and a glass of sparkling wine.
We also enjoyed mussels with an avocado mousse served in a broth of lemon rind, coriander and parsley.
One of my favorite courses was the clam topped with bacon, mixed vegetables and a Ramonetti cheese.
Another course was chocolate clam topped with carrots, parsley, radish, avocado mouse, black sesame and chili Serrano served with Blanc de Noir.
Thank you to Casa de Piedra, Conchas de Piedra and Petra, the Sommelier for the wonderful tour, wine tasting and menu tasting. This is some of the best in Valle de Guadalupe Food and Wine.
Casa de Piedra and Conchas de Piedra Contact Info:
Phone from U.S.:
011-52 (646) 156-5268
Km. 93.5 Highway 3 Tecate-Ensenada
San Antonio de las Minas
This was part of a Travel Writer’s Academy media trip, and we were a guests at Casa de Piedra and Conchas de Piedra but as always, all opinions are my own!
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