Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A showplace museum has been built in Baja's Valle de Guadalupe that tells the 6,000 year history of wine.  It is entitled Museo de La Vid y El Vino and we were there.  The building is most impressive made with the stonework that is an art form in Mexico.
Exhibits tell the story of wine globally and its early beginnings in Egypt and the Middle East and how the process of turning grape juice into wine spread to Europe and then the New World .  It then moves on to how vineyards were first planted in Baja by Russian emigrant. The story of how Don Angelo Cettto planted the first modern vineyards in Valle de Guadalupe in 1967 is well told. This started the movement that has now made the Valley Mexico's premiere wine producing area.
The terroir of the Valley is examined as well as the actual process of making wine and the role of barrels in producing the final product.
All writing at the museum is in Spanish so some knowledge of the language is helpful.  The art and photography exhibits tell their own graphic story.
The museum is located 24 kilometers east of Ensenada on Highway 5 and open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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