The name says it all: just when you thought you had to go all the way to Tuscany to experience great food and unmistakably good wine, there’s La Villa del Valle in Guadalupe Valley, Mexico.
Located in the heart of Mexican Wine Country, La Villa del Valle is a hilltop organic farm and hacienda whose six rooms overlook the breathtaking valley’s olive groves and lavender fields. The property, owned by Eileen and Phil Gregory, is also home to renowned Vena Cava organic wines and acclaimed restaurant Corazon de Tierra, where you can see its chef, Diego Hernandez Baquedano, and his staff plucking fresh ingredients from the garden to prepare your meal.
“La Villa del Valle for us is a conscious way of living—organic, sustainable, fresh and very local. We want to inspire others to live the same way—organically and sustainably,” said Eileen. “We found our paradise and we want to share it.”
La Villa del Valle's romantic Mediterranean-Mexican style hacienda is an homage to this paradise. Built with a nature first concept in mind, its indoor temperature levels naturally and its walls are painted with a very particular mix of algae and eggs. Its success - in 2013, La Villa del Valle won Travel+Leisure’s Best Concept award - is a testament to its beauty and inspiration.
But while they are flattered by the praise, the Gregorys admit it was not part of their plan. “We weren’t expecting it at all, needless to say it wasn’t our goal either,” Eileen said. “Success for us is not about money. It goes beyond any recognition and accolade. It’s about doing what makes us happy and what makes others happy.”
It all started in 2002 when the Gregorys bought the land. “It began very slowly, without pretensions, there was nothing here, we built everything you see,” said Eileen. “It was all about doing what we love and sharing it with others.”
Next, Vena Cava is born...