Ensenada

Ensenada Shore Excursion: Wine and Cheese Tour with Lunch in Ojos Negros Valley

Ensenada, Mexico
Ensenada Shore Excursion Wine and Cheese Tour with Lunch in Ojos Negros Valley

From $167.10

Price varies by group size

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up to 3 days in advance

  • 5 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Discover fine locally made wine and cheese in Baja California, Mexico when your cruise ship docks in Ensenada. This half-day shore excursion visits the San Rafael winery and Rancho Ramonetti for wine and cheese tastings, followed by a lunch served with a glass of wine. Includes all tastings, lunch, private guide and vehicle, and pickup and drop-off at the port.
  • Private 5-hour shore excursion with wine and cheese tour of Ensenada, Baja California
  • Go wine tasting at a small winery in Baja California
  • Learn about cheese making at Rancho Ramonetti and have lunch at their cozy restaurant
  • Includes lunch with wine, tastings, private vehicle, and port pickup and drop-off

What's Included

  • Transportation Cruise Port – Ojos Negros Valley – Cruise Port
  • Visit to Infinity winery and wine tasting
  • Visit to Cava de Quesos and cheese tasting
  • Lunch at Rancho Ramonetti
  • Gratuities

Meeting and Pickup

Pickup point

  • Malecon De Ensenada
    Bahia Ensenada, 22880 Ensenada, B.C., Mexico

What To Expect

After pickup at the port, travel about 40 minutes in your private air-conditioned vehicle to reach the San Rafael winery.

Located in San Rafael Valley (Ojos Negros), the family-owned winery is one of the first vineyards in this region of Ensenada. Upon your arrival, learn about the winemaking process, then enjoy a tasting of three wines.

Next up, visit Cava de Quesos and take a walking tour of Rancho Ramonetti, where artisanal cheeses have been made for four generations. Learn about the process of making cheese as you take a guided tour in the ranch. Then stop into a campirano-style house and head to the underground cheese cellar where they age cheeses for as long as five years. Try six types of cheese during a guided tasting that includes local fruits and olive oil.

Next, have lunch and a glass of wine at their restaurant, which features local specialty dishes and cheese. After lunch, head back to Ensenada where your tour ends with drop-off at the port.

San Rafael

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Ensenada

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Operated by Top Private Tours

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 3 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 3 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Misleading meeting place!
Wendy_C, Feb 2024
We could not find our guide! The directions were tough- said to pass shops & look for a sign. Had no idea we had to pass through many tour busses to an isolated shopping area! Missed the tour!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Wendy, every day more than 50 people found us without any issue. I have sent you meeting instructions and also a picture of the meeting place. Really sorry about this.
Could have been much better, if only....
Kevin_F, Dec 2023
A fair amount of miscommuication - advertised pickup and drop off at cruise terminal including picture of the building where to meet - that was changed to a pickup/drop off location 1/2 mile away. We also were told by the Cheese Tour that we were 30 minutes late but didn't have any notice of that during the first part of the trip and we were limited to what we could see. The first portion - the wine tasting was very very nice! It was close to town and the contact at the winery was splendid. Our driver was very pleasant but the overall company needs to improve.
Delicious!
Kelly_C, Nov 2022
Everything was wonderful. Our tour guide contacted us (via email and whatsapp) the day before to suggest a time change since it was Sunday. On the morning, we were a little confused where to meet, but we found them with a sign with my name (you walk all the way past the security gates and there is a small parking area near the bridge where they were waiting). Hazzel, our guide, and Arturo, our driver, were both wonderful. Hazzel gave us a ton of history of the city as we drove. The first place they suggested was swarmed by a large tour group coming off the cruise ship, so she offered to take us somewhere else if we didn't want to be with the crowds. We said yes, anywhere was fine, we just wanted good wine. So while we got a delicious cup of coffee, they called around and took us to an adorable tasting room just outside of the downtown, called Madera 5. The wine was very good, and we had the place to ourselves. Next we went to the cheese cave in Ojos Negros. Once we started into the mountains, Arturo pulled off the highway so we could see the city from the hilltop and take pictures. Our tour guide at the farm, Effrian, was very funny, and the farm was beautiful. We got to see the cows, pet the newborn calves, and taste homemade ice cream! The tasting in the cheese cave was beautiful: wine, bread, fig preserves, and six different cheeses. Lunch was outside on picnic tables (they did offer to seat us inside, but the weather was so nice). We do not eat meat, so we had pasta, quesadillas, and Portobello mushrooms. The pasta may have been the best pasta I've ever eaten in my life. Lunch also included another glass of wine or beer from a local brewery. We were absolutely stuffed. We let them know what time we had to be back on the ship, and they got us back right in time. It was a great experience that I highly recommend.
Rafael the tour owner and...
Nadia_H, Oct 2022
Rafael the tour owner and Arturo the driver were so welcoming and caring. Arturo the driver was exceptionally. He tried all the way to communicate in English with my husband. The entire drive was fun telling stories and experiences. He was awesome. We want to come back and hire him as our transaction. Now on the Cava de Quesos where we did the cheese tasting and the supposed lunch... was horrible experience. The first part of the tour I nicely mentioned the girl if she could please incorporate some English for my husband to understand and she didn't say yes or no she just walked away.... such an odd girl. The next part of the tour the girl was very friendly and sweet. No complaints about her. At the end of the tour our driver was waiting for us he mentioned now is good time. You guys can pick anything from the menu it's already included with the tour. We sat down at a table and soon a kid from Cheese place brought us menus and after that an hour later literally NOBODY not even the guy that kept checking the table next to us every 3 minutes.. nobody came to ask what we wanted to eat, drink nothing, 0 eye contact. I'm so disappointed that everyone in that place was taking care of right away expect us. I'm disgusted and disappointed about these people and I'm never coming back to Cava de Quesos or recommend it to anyone I know. Now we still got our lunch somewhere else. Arturo took good care of us and gave us many options to where to eat but we wanted to try to good quesatacos so he took us to CORA and it was amazing! I give 5 stars to the driver and the first winery we had the wine tasting and I give Cava de Quesos 0 stars. Again Thank you Arturo for a fantastic time.
Great trip for family, host and driver felt like family after we were done
Ashley_H, Apr 2022
The wine tasting was great. The staff was very knowledgeable and interesting to talk to. The cheese cave was something like we'd never seen before. The tour was fun and informative and the cheese was amazing. We would definitely go back. The most amazing part of the trip though had to have been our guide and driver. Fernando is likely the best host I've ever had on a tour. He was fun to talk to, provided a wealth of knowledge, and was willing to do whatever he could to make the excursion as enjoyable as possible. Our driver, Ricardo, was fantastic as well. Got us to the winery and cave safely and efficiently and also made the excursion fun for the whole family. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Ensenada. Don't be afraid to book outside of the cruise line. This was as safe as I have ever felt on an excursion and way more fun and customizable than the shore excursions that the cruise lines offer. Great value for the money as well.

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