Quinta Monasterio Winery in Valle de Guadalupe - Baja, Mexico
Quinta Monasterio is a family owned small winery located in the heart of Valle De Guadalupe in Ensenada, Mexico.
Quinta Monasterio was opened in 2006 by Reynaldo Rodriguez Sr. (pictured below) and his son Reynaldo Rodriguez jr., when they produced their first private label. The Rodriguez' vineyards have been in their family for years and today, Reynaldo Sr. and Jr. bring together their own unique winemaking experiences and influences to produce their first world class label. Reynaldo Sr. was one of the first winemakers in Ensenada to produce 50,000 bottles of high quality wine. His son, Reynaldo Jr. received his formal studies and training in Spain including a Master's Degree in Enology and has been the head winemaker at Emeve and Hacienda La Lomita Wineries in Ensenada.
Our stay at Quinta Monasterio was so pleasant, but more so was the hospitality of the family. It was amazing how they took the time to give us a tour of the entire winery and explain their family history to us. Below was my absolute favorite wine from Quinta Monasterio, the Sinfonia de Tintos (symphony of 3 reds). This is a beautiful dry red wine with a smooth finish that is well balanced. This wine had three varietal grapes (tempranillo, zinfandel and grenache) that harmonized perfectly together like a symphony that kept me wanting more. I'm not a sommelier, so my tasting notes are not professional. My notes are more of what I taste as a wine enthusiast who knows nothing...well a little (insert smiley face).
If you ever have the chance to visit, make sure you take their cave tour and Viniphera Spa. Their boulder cave is super awesome with unique features that allows for ideal temperatures for aging their wines. Reynaldo Jr. is currently in the process of carving the cave with plans of expansion to run a tunnel that connects their cave to the Viniphera Spa.
Tasting room pictured above
The picture above is owner and winemaker Reynaldo Sr. talking with my aunt and uncle about his wines and vineyard family history. To be able to speak Spanish has definitely enhanced all of my travels and has produced different experiences than others. When speaking the language, I can ask questions that can lead me into different experiences and understanding of the culture or place I'm visiting. The picture above is an example of one of those moments where you are able to experience something from a different perspective because you speak the language.
Quinta Monasterio also has three cottages for rent that are designed to fit the feel of the winery. One room in particular has walls that are made of oak barrels, giving it a rustic ranch feel. All guests are provided with breakfast and fresh squeezed orange juice outdoors, making your stay super cozy. You can find their rentals on Air bnb.
I'm so excited to be returning to Quinta Monasterio and show you more of this wonderful place.