Visit the best wineries from among the region's more than 50 properties. Start out at Casa de Piedra, which rebooted the local wine scene in the late nineties and ranks as one of Mexico’s premier producers today. Visionary owner Hugo D’Acosta has turned the small, intimate spot into a local institution and offers tastings (by appointment) of their Tempranillo-Cabernet blend, Vino de Piedra, and others in a rustic stone farmhouse. Afterwards, head to ultramodern, 250-acre Paralelo, D’Acosta’s second winery, which opened in 2006 and was designed from repurposed materials. Don’t miss a sample of the Ensamble line, a collection of complex blends of five or so grapes. Finally, find strikingly modern facilities hidden at Hacienda La Lomita (tastings from $2), surrounded by rolling hills of Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Chardonnay vines. Sample their smoky Pagan wine while admiring sculptures from local artists in their tasting room.
Get a taste of Valle’s other vineyards at to La Estación de Oficios El Porvenir, better known as "La Escuelita,” a school and cooperative that has been one of the region’s driving forces of viticulture since opening in 2007. Formerly an olive oil factory, the current design incorporates recycled materials such as mattress springs, barrel fragments, and glass bottles. Here, you can explore the winemaking facilities, purchase bottles in an old RV, or taste wines at their café.
Make a detour to La Cava de Marcelo, in Ojos Negros, for cheese that will pair perfectly with your bottle selections. At the 100-year-old artisanal cheese cellar, one of the few in all of Latin America open to the public, spend an afternoon on their tour ($10) sampling their wide variety of regional cheeses, from queso fresco flavored with basil to two-year-old añejos.