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Adobe Guadalupe Winery

Inspiration for Adobe Guadalupe

Adobe Winery - Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California

The story of Adobe Guadalupe in the Valle de Guadalupe began with a young man named Arlo, who passed at a younger age. Arlo was a friendly open, passionate young man who was fascinated throughout his life with certain aspects of Mexican culture, from vineyards and sarapes to the Virgin of Guadalupe. Perhaps even then, the call of Adobe was heard although it was years away from being built.

On a trip to Paris after Arlo's death, his mother, Tru Miller, firmly believed that she had received a special sign during a visit to the cathedral of Notre Dame. Just outside the doorway of the cathedral she saw a Mexican chair with a sarape draped over it. It was seemingly out of place and this image stayed with her; the first seed of the Adobe had started to grow.

Two years later, Tru and her husband Donald returned to Europe in search of a place to lay Arlo's ashes to rest along with Tru's father. Still remembering the strange coincidence, Tru went back to Notre Dame and found that not only were the Mexican chair and sarape still there, but that they were now part of a side altar dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe. At that moment, the call of the Adobe was finally heard and Tru had a clear vision that she would end her days in Mexico. This feeling of peace and destiny told Tru that Arlo did not want to be separated from her, even in death, and that his spirit would much rather rest in a warm place. Now, the winds blow through the pillars of the Adobe, caressing the vineyards and gardens. For all who visit, there is a sense of home, an ineffable aura of serenity and spiritual peace that comes from a dream finally fulfilled.

History of Adobe Guadalupe

View of Adobe Guadalupe

In 1997 Tru (originally from the Netherlands) and Donald Miller bought the lands that would become Adobe Guadalupe. In 1998 they plant 20 hectares of vineyards where they grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Viognier, Syrah, Cinsault, Malbec, Mourvèdre and Grenache. The vines were first harvested for vinification in the 2001 with a total production of around 500 cases. That has grown to an annual production of approximately 9,000 cases.

2004 marked the completion of the construction of the winery and wine cellar designed by Persian architect Nassir Haghighat. In addition to the winery and vineyards, the Adobe Guadalupe estate includes a hotel, fine dining restaurant, spa and world class horse riding facilities.