This post is long overdue. As you know, my boyfriend and I took a wine and foodie adventure down to the Valle de Guadalupe in Baja Mexico in April and had an excellent time. I am a huge fan of promoting family owned businesses, especially if the people that work there are heartfelt and hospitable and Lechuza is a perfect example! The owners saw that I was traveling to Valle de Guadalupe and invited us to their vineyard to taste a few of their wines and we were so grateful because it turned out to be such a fantastic moment and wonderful stop on our trip. The vineyard was close to Hotel Boutique, as well as nearby Finca Altozano where we were having lunch that Saturday, so we thought, sure, why not? The time was set and we were excited to sip some local wine at 10am.
We pulled into Lechuza’s driveway and were greeted by a friendly neighborhood dog, who actually led us right to where we needed to be. (He was adorable!) We walked up a house next to the vineyard and met Kristin and Adam, owners of Lechuza, and their son, who happened to be one of the best behaved babies I have ever come across! After a little chatter, we found out that Adam was from Minnesota, which happens to be where Brady is from. They got along great. But back to the vineyard!
First of all, “Lechuza” translates to “owl” in Spanish. When the family purchased the property as a vacation home, they noticed that the surrounding area was habitat to burrowing owls. Initially winemaking was a hobby for the family which turned into a business when they perfected their craft. They began selling wine in 2013, and chose the name Lechuza to represent the cute little owls around the area. Kristen designed the logo herself, which I think is pretty adorable. Kristen and Adam moved to Valle de Guadalupe from California to tend to the vineyard full time, and the rest is history!
We tried some fantastic wines, my favorite being the Amantes, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Nebbiolo and Grenache. Being one of their most popular wines, I had to buy a bottle to bring home. (Note- due to California Law, you can only bring back one bottle across the border per person- however you are free to order as many as you wish online!) Another excellent wine was the Tempranillo. Their description of the wine is pretty accurate – “A pleasant bouquet of caramel apples and red licorice, that reminds you of great days at the state fair.” What a perfect summer wine, right?
Adam showed us their wine cellar that was filled with barrels of their upcoming vintage wines. Lechuza also hosts private tastings, tours and also offers custom menus cooked in the outdoor kitchen. Whatever the occassion, Lechuza might be the perfect stop for a great memory in Baja.
Once 11am rolled around, tour buses with eager wine enthusiasts came pouring into the driveway, and I was happy to see how popular this vineyard was. Its clear that Lechuza is passionate about wine and equally passionate about Baja Mexico. If you are ever in the area of Valle de Guadalupe, be sure to make this a stop on your wine tour, you won’t leave disappointed. Their wines are featured in many restaurants around San Diego including the Patio on Goldfinch. Adam and Kristin made a great pair combining humor, warm conversation and knowledge of their wine that will leave anyone with a great tasting experience in the Valle de Guadalupe.
Thank you to Kristin and Adam for your warm hospitality!
Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
Tastings by Appointment