WELCOME TO GUADALUPE. Baja California’s premier wine producing region is as rich in history as it is in wine. in 1905 a group of russian pacifists refugees, Molokans from the area of present-day Turkey, migrated to what is today call Francisco Zarco. Fleeing religious persecution by then Russian orthodox Church, they first arrived in Los Angeles but found the land undesirable and headed south to the fertile Valle de Guadalupe. At first, the migrants lived in indigenous dwellings known by their kumiai name wa but soon built adobe houses that the Kumiai later emulated.
Today, only a handful of families of demonstrably Russian descent remain in the area. The Russian cemetery in Francisco Zarco still contains headstones with Cyrillic inscriptions.
Here is a small sample of articles found on the web, that describe Valle de Guadalupe:
- Food and Life (Feb. 2012) Valle de Guadalupe
- New York Times Style Magazine (Nov. 2012) Baja Fresh
- San Diego Union Tribune (Aug. 2012) Guadalupe Valley aims for domestic, international wine prominence
- Los Angeles Times Magazine (Nov. 2006) Tuscany? Look again
- New York TImes Style Magazine (Mar. 2005) Baja Bottled
- Los Angeles Times Magazine (Oct. 2002) Syrah and Siesta in Baja’s Wine Country