La Cava de Marcelo

Ensenada Farm/Ranch Fodor's Choice

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For many a visit to Baja Norte must include an afternoon drive to the cheese caves of Marcelo, in Ojos Negros 45 minutes outside of Ensenada... READ MORE

For many a visit to Baja Norte must include an afternoon drive to the cheese caves of Marcelo, in Ojos Negros 45 minutes outside of Ensenada. With Swiss-Italian roots, Owner Marcelo Castro Chacon is now the fourth generation to carry on the queso tradition since it first began in 1911. A visit to the farm includes a tour of the milking facilities and a tasting of seven cheeses and their signature Ramonetti red wine. Milder selections seasoned with basil, black pepper, and rosemary are more popular with locals than their sharper cheeses, aged up to 2.5 years, loved by foreigners. As Mexico’s only cheese cave (and the first in Latin America), this beloved factory produces 450 pounds of cheese per day. Milking takes place at 5 pm daily and the small on-site shop sells the remarkable marmalade and wine that accompany your cheese tasting. Those with time and an appetite can dine under the shade of a peppertree for a lunch menu integrating Marcelo’s cheeses and organic fruits and vegetables from his farm. The cactus salad and portobello mushrooms with melted cheese make the ideal starters to the regional trout served with roasted garlic. The fig mousse alone is worth a visit.

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48 km (30 miles) east of Ensenada
Ensenada, Baja California Norte  Mexico

646-175–7073

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Rate Includes: $10 tour and tasting, Thurs.–Sun. 1–6 pm

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