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Steve Dryden is a wine and travel writer living in Mexico’s premier wine country of Guadalpue Valley. He is a former Napa Valley winery manager, vineyard manager and wine broker who now guides private, small groups and motor coach tours from San Diego and from several locations in Rosarito and Ensenada to Baja’s wine country. He provides informative and exciting wine tasting and lunch options, along with insider tips, historical and cultural data. His Mexico Wine Country Tours often visit remote wineries hidden in the beautiful back country, sample wines from the barrels, meet the winemakers, explore art galleries, and discover Baja’s silent revolution in creating “world class” wines. In addition, he provides visitors with food, entertainment, event, and outdoor adventure information.

Click Here for an archive of informative and interesting articles by Steve Dryden.

Steve is the wine writer for The Baja Times, and The Guadalupe Grapevine,, Baja Breeze magazine, and Mexico Living Guide. He guides wine tours in Baja and San Diego County for The San Diego Wine and Culinary Center, DayTripper Tours and Baja California Tours.


Valle de Guadalupe. Mexico’s Wine Country in Ensenada, Baja California

The Valley of Guadalupe (15 minutes outside of Ensenada) produces 90% of all the wines in Mexico. This area of Mexico has been called "the new Napa Valley" because of its untapped potential as a great wine region. The Guadalupe Valley is filled with lush vineyards of every size and has more than a dozen boutique vineyards and a number of industrial size vineyards. The wine makers of the Ensenada region produce a complete range of types and styles of wines. Mexican wines from this area have obtained international recognition, and are being exported to Europe, the United States and Canada in ever increasing quantities. In addition to quality wine products, these boutique vineyards offer a host of other wonderful local agricultural products like herbs, cheese, honey, incense, olives, olive oil, baked goods, preserves and grapes.


Fiesta de la Vendimia. Annual Grape Harvest

In August of every year is the Fiesta de la Vendimia (Grape Harvest Fesitival) held by the Association of Winemakers of Baja California. The festival lasts for 10 days and offers a wide variety of attractions including; wine tasting and contests, winery tours, fishing tournaments, cook-offs, gourmet food and concerts, all sponsored, organized or subsidized by area wineries. Be sure to make your Hotel Reservations and Wine Country Tour arrangements well in advance, due to its overwhelming popularity.


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