Baja Winery Tours was formed by a love of travelling, especially Baja, and Mexico as a whole. “When we were kids we used to go to TJ with our parents all the time. Now looking back I realize that our parents were drinking beers and margaritas while we were distracted by all the sights, sounds, and lively action on Revolucion.” In the 80’s, Tijuana was one of the most visited cities in the world. It was so normal for us, and many of the other families we knew, to just head down to Mexico for the day to grab taco’s, beers, maybe some fireworks… haha. The Jai Alai stadium was in full swing, and people would spend their days watching the bullfights, or at the Hipodromo gambling on the dog races. Tourism in Mexico was booming and it was completely normal for people to go do all manner of leisure activities in Baja.
As we transitioned into the high school years of adolescence many a drunken night were spent on Avenida Revolucion in Tijuana. Getting drunk in TJ was a rite of passage for any 18 year old in Baja or Southern California. In addition, many summers were spent travelling the coast of Baja on surf trips from Playas Tijuana all the way down to Cabo San Lucas.
Things in Baja continued to change over time, as did our interests. Tourism declined and rose repeatedly over the years. After the economic collapse in 2008, things really took a hit down in Mexico. It was actually kind of nice because we’d go down and get to surf empty waves to ourselves because everyone was too scared to go. We never saw it as dangerous but it was obvious that other people did.
As we got older we became interested in different aspects of Mexico, the culture, food, wine, and the plethora (yes I said plethora El Guapo) of things Mexico has to experience. Valle de Guadalupe became a regular destination and we realized that it was truly one of those “hidden gems” people talk about. We would always rave to friends and family about the elusive “Mexican Wine Country” to which we’d receive the usual response of “we’ll go, but only with you because you know Mexico, speak spanish, blah blah blah…” We were acting as tour guides so often to people we knew it just naturally evolved into a tour company. We started with Valle de Guadalupe to show people that Mexico is more than just tacos and tequila (not that we don’t enjoy tacos and tequila.) Now we are proud to offer tours to many of Mexico’s great destinations and we hope that you will come down and join us on one of our tours soon!