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“Secret Wine Paradise” – Forbes Travel

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Traveling to Mexico for many people means booking a flight to Los Cabos or Todos Santos. But the most intriguing and stunning destination in Mexico right now is the Valle de Guadalupe wine country in Baja California Norte.

On our first trip there nearly 20 years ago, there were just a handful of wineries, no hotels and only a couple of places to find food. But have things ever changed: the Valle de Guadalupe now has more than 60 wineries working with French and Mediterranean varietals, a handful of eco-chic boutique hotels and an abundance of restaurants that take finca a mesa (farm-to-table) cooking to a level that few places in the world can match.

From San Diego, driving down to Ensenada and then east into the Valle takes a little more than two hours. The discouraging part of the trek used to be the border wait on the return trip. But as of two weeks ago, all the gates at the San Ysidro crossing were open, almost assuring that you get through in under an hour. Once you get through — don’t forget your passport for getting back into the U.S. — here’s where you’ll want to go:


Renowned Mexico Eco-Retreat Announces Catering and Events Department Under Exclusive Partnership

Encuentro Guadalupe Antiresort emerges as premiere group travel destination

San Diego, Calif., May 2, 2013 –San Diego-based venue company Estate Weddings and Events has exclusively partnered with award-winning eco-retreat Encuentro Guadalupe Antiresort™, a premiere meeting and retreat location just 90 minutes south of San Diego, to attract group travelers and corporate clientele to Mexico’s wine country.

The new catering and events department introduces several group recreational options to be available at Encuentro Guadalupe Antiresort, including chef-taught cooking classes, farm-to-table dinners, wine tasting, yoga and fitness classes as well as special event opportunities. The catering and events department will be led by Chef Flor Franco with respected cocktail crafters Snake Oil Cocktail Company managing all specialty beverages, and all booking arranged through Estate Weddings and Events.

Co-Founder of Estate Weddings and Events Jamie Ehrsam says, “Encuentro offers a true out of the box experience providing the ideal backdrop for creativity, team building, and personal growth. We are excited to work directly with groups to create personalized once in a lifetime experiences in Guadalupe Valley and at Encuentro Guadalupe Antiresort.”

Companies looking for their next premiere retreat or meeting location will be pleased to find refined experiences during their stay at Encuentro Guadalupe Antiresort, an award-winning property located in Valle de Guadalupe. Awarded “Best Design Award 2012” by Travel + Leisure, the new group activities are in addition to the property’s 99-acre hiking-friendly landscape, wine cellar, and pool facilities.

Says Luis Pereira Partner of Encuentro Guadalupe Antiresort, “Encuentro offers an immersive experience into Guadalupe Valley’s local nature and culture, Estate Weddings and Events brings experience and new programs that will add a new dimension to the very simple idea of the Antiresort, and we are very excited about what we can do together.”

On trend with the farm-to-table movement, Valle de Guadalupe is a regional hotspot for foodies and eco-conscious travelers. Restaurants Laja and Corazon de Tierra have both previously ranked in the top 50 best restaurants in Latin America. In addition to the iconic onsite Origen™ owned by Chefs Vasilisa Malinka and Alfredo Acosta Jr., Encuentro Guadalupe Antiresort will be opening two new restaurants, Resguardo by Chef Flor Franco and Convivia by Chef Flor Franco, scheduled for Summer 2014.

For booking information, visit Encuentro Guadalupe Antiresort’s venue page or Encuentro Guadalupe Eco Villa venue page. For booking questions, please contact Estate Weddings and Events office at (888) 662-8360 or email info@estateweddingsandevents.com

About Estate Weddings and Events Founded in 2007 in San Diego, California, Estate Weddings and Events (estateweddingsandevents.com) specializes in the management of unique event venues across the U.S. and abroad for short-term rental including for filming, corporate events, group travel, and weddings. Estate Weddings and Events currently offers more than 150 private home residences with a majority in California and New York. Dedicated to providing clients with unique venues that cannot be found anywhere else, Estate Weddings and Events upholds high standards of service to our valued clients.

About Antiresorts The Antiresort™ concept was born when Juan Yi and Alfredo Acosta founders of Encuentro Guadalupe (formerly Hotel Endemico), discovered that the new culinary traveler is hungry for Slow Food, good, clean and fair food, so they broke with tradition creating their own category, one where they used local nature and world class design for hospitality and an inclusive business model for the winery and store, one that local independent producers can learn and sell at a fair price. 

About Encuentro Guadalupe Antiresort Encuentro Guadalupe is an award winning Antiresort™, located 90 minutes south of San Diego California, in the heart of Guadalupe Valley’s wine country, it serves as a platform for both culinary travelers and independent producers to buy and sell hand-made artisanal wine, preserves and food, surrounded by 300 acres of natural landscape it offers unique experiences for 12 and over, couples, families and groups.

For more information about Encuentro Antiresorts™: media@encuentroantiresorts.com




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Nancy Ly


(888) 662-8360




Chef Flor Franco Joins Encuentro Guadalupe™

Chef Flor Franco Joins Encuentro Guadalupe™

- Originally from Veracruz, raised in San Diego, Flor Franco brings knowledge and experience to the multi-awarded Antiresort™

Valle de Guadalupe April 30th, 2014- The culinary landscape of Valle de Guadalupe is about to evolve with Chef Flor Franco as leader of culinary matters at Encuentro Guadalupe Antiresort™.

“Encuentro means Encounter, and my vision for Encuentro Guadalupe is a place where guests can encounter the nature of Baja with all their senses”, Franco explains. “I plan to build an experience, not just another restaurant. We will take ‘local’ and ‘sustainable’ to their highest levels: growing our own produce, raising our own animals, pressing our olives, making our own cheese. Local artisans will make our plates, furniture, and artwork. Encuentro is already a place to encounter the natural surroundings that make this valley so special, now it will also be a place to taste and learn about its deliciousness.”

As a member of Slow Food USA, Flor prides themselves in using all natural ingredients, with Grass Fed Meats and Free Range Chicken, insuring that you receive the highest quality, she brings her passion for food, education and altruism, values that are at the core of the Encuentro Antiresorts™ brand.

Chef Franco will revamp the menus at the iconic Resguardo Kitchen for guests of the Antiresort, and will open for diners visiting Valle de Guadalupe by reservation only at dusk. in adition Flor will open an aditional kitchen at the Vinícola Encuentro, complementing Chefs Vasilisa Malinka and Alfredo Acosta’s Cocina Origen.

Soft opening for the new menus will begin this June right before the summer season.

For more information about Encuentro Guadalupe and Chef Flor Franco: media@encuentroguadalupe.com

Silicon Valley discovers the other Valley

IMG_9622THE TWO VALLEYS MEET. The Mercury News was founded in 1851, it is the most respected paper south of San Francisco Bay, is the second posting by a newspaper in the bay area, after the SF Gate wrote about Encuentro Antiresort™ last year.

The San Jose Mercury points out the fact that we have “no TVs, phones or room service, just the otherworldly beauty of the landscape and two young chefs – one Mexican, one Russian – who rustle up fish tacos at the swimming pool bar and more complex dishes at the indoor restaurant, Origen”.

Indeed, Origen by Chefs Vasilisa and Alfredo is one of the best places to eat from farm to table in Valle de Guadalupe.

Read the full article here.


Encuentro Guadalupe featured in Savor San Diego

SuMeiYu_bioENCUENTRO ANTIRESORT DISCOVERED. Chef Su-Mei Yu goes south of the border to Baja California’s fabulous enclave of cuisine and wine, and the unique lifestyle that has arisen around both.

Join noted local cook, author and restaurant owner Su-Mei Yu as she explores and cooks her way around San Diego while sharing captivating tales of our culinary bounty.

Watch the full episode here.


Vino Encuentro served at Davos 2014


ENCUENTRO “FAUNA” SERVED AT MEXICO’S DINNER. Promexico, the Mexican government agency for the promotion of exports, surprised Officials, CEO’s and Celebrities, with a taste of some of Baja’s best artisanal wines, including Vino Encuentro, during a dinner hosted by the Mexican government tonight in Davos 2014, World Economic Forum .

Vinícola Encuentro is the Culinary Crafts School inside the Encuentro Guadalupe Antiresort™ in Baja’s wine country, a well known destination recently named the #2 Best Wine Travel Destination for 2014 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.




10 Best Wine Travel Destination for 2014

MexicoENCUENTRO FEATURED IN WINE ENTHUSIAST MAGAZINE. Each year, the editors of Wine Enthusiast scour the globe to suss out the absolute must-visit spots. To a few traditional wine regions, they have added several modern classics and a sprinkling of up-and-comers, making a compelling list of destinations.

No matter your tastes in wine or travel, WS think you’ll find something to enjoy in this year’s update. And Encuentro Guadalupe is the recommended choice for a contemporary eco-friendly experience.

Tasting great wines may be a transporting experience, but there’s no substitute for actually getting off the couch and going there.

When we travel to the world’s wine—growing regions, the whites seem more crystalline, the reds more potent. There’s a natural, unforced ease in pairing the wines with the local foodstuffs. The wines feel at home—and the longer we stay, the more we feel at home, too. Read the article here.



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