Guadalupe, Baja California
Valle de Guadalupe
|Elevation||1,129 ft (344 m)|
|Time zone||Northwest US Pacific (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||Northwest (UTC-7)|
Valle de Guadalupe (Valley of Guadalupe), or Francisco Zarco is a village located in the municipio of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, 20 km (14 mi) north of the city of Ensenada. The census of 2010 reported a population of 2,664 inhabitants.
The community was founded in 1834 by Dominican missionary Félix Caballero as Misión de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe del Norte, making it the last mission established in the Californias. Caballero had to abandon the mission in 1840, under attacks from the indigenous peoples.
In 1905 a group of about 50 Russian families belonging to the religious group known as Molokans settled in the Valle de Guadalupe. The community is still present in the region, and some are involved in the wine industry.
Since the 1990s the association of winemakers of Baja California holds the Grape Harvest Fiestas in the Valley of Guadalupe and the town of Ensenada every year in August. The celebration includes wine tasting sessions, concerts and soirées, and samplings of regional cuisine and Mexican wines.
Wine tasting is available year round, and several of the wineries have built up-market restaurant/tasting establishments aimed specifically at tourists from the United States. A winery tour is usually included on cruise ships that stop at Ensenada.