By Jennifer Kramer
Of the many times that I’ve been to the Valle de Guadalupe, I almost always end up Las Nubes winery. Friends from the U.S. are in town? Las Nubes. Taking down groups on tours for work? Las Nubes. Just an easy Sunday afternoon in the valley for fun? Las Nubes. It’s my go-to winery for any occasion and one visit to the winery will explain why. The breath-taking views, beautifully designed indoor/outdoor tasting room and delicious wines are just the tip of the iceberg.
Las Nubes literally means “the clouds” and with it’s location up the hillside overlooking the Guadalupe Valley, the name is fitting. Going along with the theme, many of the wines are named after different types of cloud formations. Owner Victor Segura started growing grapes on the land in 2008 and opened the tasting room in 2012. He studied enology and with his knowledge and passion, set out with Las Nubes to make outstanding and memorable wines. And he’s definitely succeeded. In my opinion, the wines are creatively complex but wonderfully balanced. Like many of the wines coming from the Valle de Gaudalupe, many of the Las Nubes wines are blends combining a variety of different grapes, which results in unique and inventive flavors. The Las Nubes “Nimbus” (a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo) and the “Nebbiolo” are some of my favorite wines from the valley.
Victor puts time and care into everything about his business, from the irrigation of the vineyards (he created a special catch basin on the property for water), the growing of the grapes, the crafting of the wines and the design of the tasting room (I’m always enamored with the art from local artists on the walls and the music that’s playing). Victor can often be found behind the wine bar talking with customers and pouring tastes of wine. That personal care and attention is why Las Nubes feels like my second home. And it’s always good to be home, especially when there’s wine.