The Russian colony that arrived to the Guadalupe Valley
It was the Spanish missionaries who first brought wine to Baja California. However most of the vineyards of the Guadalupe Valley
were cultivated by Molokan Russians, a pacifist group that exiled to Mexico in the early 20th century fleeing Czarist repression. Today some descendants of that Russian colony still make wine in wineries like Bibayoff
and Pasión Biba
You can learn about their fascinating story at the Museo Comunitario Ruso
, managed by the Samarín family, who kept the original house and turned it into an interesting museum filled with memorabilia from the Russian families that originally settled in the Valley and, surprisingly enough, were the ones responsible for bringing the Mediterranean diet to the Guadalupe Valley.