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  • ​​Founded: Founded in 2009

  • Winery location: The only winery located in the high elevation mesa above and inland from the famed Valle de Guadalupe, approximately 18 miles from the Pacific. 

  • Region and grape source: Grapes are sourced exclusively from their estate vineyards, which are organically and sustainably farmed. 

  • Annual production: 1,000 cases  

  • Number of wines made: wines (3 are currently available in the US)

  • Vineyard location, elevation and grape varieties:

    • Valle Seco - 1,800 ft - (Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre) soil is a decomposed granite and sandy soils with a small amount of cla . 

  • Winemaker: Sergio Heras (Born in Argentina, now a Mexican citizen, lives in Valle de Guadalupe) 

  • Other Notes: 

    • The Valle Seco Estate was founded in 2009 by Federico Lencioni & Francisco Sarabia who decided in that year to put to vine a small plot of land from their vast highland ranch. They had noted for years that this parcel was consistently covered in fog in the morning and breezy throughout the morning, two traits that made it ideally suited for growing grapes. Since then it has been a bit of a fairytale success story for these ranchers turned winemakers whose grapes have been sold since the beginning to wines that have consistently won top awards in every competition they entered into. Selling grapes was never their plan A and in 2018, when the vineyards had reached a level of maturity that they felt confident in they started making their own wine. 

    • They teamed up with the well-known winemaker/enologist Sergio Heras, (originally from Argentina) who has been in the region for a long time and is one of its most well-respected winemakers, and stage two of the dream began. Today they make 4 wines: A natural Cabernet Sauvignon, a traditional red blend,  a rosé of Mourvedre and another blend called K3 that is not exported. While the rosé and red blend are not made with native yeast, the yeast used is certified organic and throughout the rest of the process of making the wine they maintain a very low intervention approach. Here are some of the details about their estate and vineyards:

    • Vineyards are completely isolated from any other wineries and farmed organically and sustainably.

    • The vast highland plain where the winery is located has better water reserves that most of the viticultural regions of Northern Baja and it is accessed by a pump powered by the wind. That’s right, the windmill that appears on their logo is an image of the windmill that was erected nearly 100 years ago and still serves to pump up the water from the underground aquifer for use in the winery.