En’kanto is a small boutique winery located in the beautiful wine country of San Antonio de las Minas and the Valle de Guadalupe of Baja, Mexico, just northeast of Ensenada. Presently growing Nebbiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Muscatel grapes with plans to add more varietals in 2016. Construction also of the cava to start in 2015 along with unique single room hotel suites adjacent to the winery that are designed to calm your nerves and restore your soul.
Wine history runs way back in Mexico. In fact, the first vitis vinifera planted in Napa Valley traces its roots to Coahilla, Mexico and the oldest vineyards in the Americas. Thanks to the later wine making efforts of the Jesuits i the Valle de Santo Tomas, south of Ensenada, and the Dominicans in the Valle de Guadalupe north of Ensenada, wine making was kept alive in Baja despite the mandates of the Spanish crown attempting to ban the production in order to protect the Spanish wine industry. Go Padres!
This is an enjoyable little piece of heaven under the stars of Baja, Mexico. Consider yourselves invited to stop in and enjoy a glass of wine and swap a few stories of places you’ve been, things you’ve seen and your hopes for the future. See you soon!
Viñas El Encanto. Photo (c) Thomas Hack