ENSENADA, Mexico --The 5th annual Bajamar Vendimia Open will be held Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Bajamar golf resort, a 27-hole seaside course north of Ensenada, Mexico. The tournament celebrates golf, gastronomy and music and benefits the Baja Scholarship Foundation.
Register now as a player or as an event sponsor to be part of one of Baja's great grape harvest events, the prestigious Vendimia. For a $129-entry fee, participants will get golf, lunch, wine tasting and appetizers on the course and prizes for the top three places in each category
Fiestas de la Vendimia, the two-and-a-half-week harvest festival held between the first Friday and the third Sunday in August, dates back to 1990. The festival combines visits to state-of-the-art wineries, Italian tenors, alternative-style circuses, Kafkaesque plays, modern dance and performance art. Valle de Guadalupe—the 14-mile region 90 minutes south of San Diego—is Mexico's premier artisanal wine-growing region, making up 90% of Mexico's production. The Guadalupe Valley, located 15 minutes inland from the Ensenada coast, produces 1.2 million cases of wine a year--25% is exported abroad.
Last year's festival activities included an opera concert in the vineyard at Villa Montefiori Winery with Italian dinner and wine tasting, a cheese party with artisan bread, house wine and live music at Viña de Liceaga Winery and a gourmet dinner prepared by renowned Chef Enrique Olvera, pairing with Vena Cava wines and performances by Zirk Ubu at La Villa de Valle Winery, just to name a few. If you are traveling from the U.S. to attend this event, don't forget you are not usually allowed to bring back more than one liter of wine per person.
The festival kicks off Aug 3rd with a 7 p.m. wine show at the ex Hotel Riviera, Civic and Cultural Center. It closes Aug. 19 with the "Ramón García Osejo" Paella Contest, 12 p.m., at the Viña de Liceaga.
For more information on the tournament, visit http://www.golfbajamar.com/vendimia2012/#
For more information on the wine festival, visit http://www.fiestasdelavendimia.com/ or http://www.bajabound.com/events/vendimiaschedule.php
Dave McKibben, McKibben Media