Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Testimonial about Wine Country Tour in Ensenada
One of the best excursions on our cruise was the Wine Country Tour. They took us by bus about 45 minutes outside the city of Ensenada, Mexico, to two different vineyards. The first was Cetto, started by an Italian man who moved to Mexico and started making wine in the 1800s. It is the largest vineyard in Mexico and makes 60% of the country's wine. We took a tour of how they make the wine and then tried several of their varieties and also some brandy and tequila. Luckily, they gave us bread, cheese, and olives to soak up all the alcohol!
Then we went to the Santo Thomas vineyard, which was much older and had a somewhat different process for making their wines. They use some French techniques, like using only naturally split oak pieces for the oak barrel aging process. We tried some of their wines as well and enjoyed the beautiful countryside.
Then they dropped us off in the downtown area so we could do some shopping. I really didn't see much I wanted to buy since it was so touristy and expensive. I had been to Mexico several years ago to the less touristy areas and had bought many, many beautiful arts and crafts then.
The tour guide on our bus was also great and very funny. He kept us entertained the whole time with jokes and trivia about Mexico (like why we celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the U.S. when they hardly care about it in Mexico; it isn't even their Independence Day after all!) and other fun stuff.
All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed this tour and would highly recommend it to anyone on this cruise.