One of the highlights of our recent wine weekend getaway to Baja's Valle de Guadalupe, was lunch at Malva Cocina de Baja California. Malva is a new restaurant at Mina Penélope winery, founded by Executive Chef Roberto Alcocer and winemaker Veronica Santiago.
The Guadalupe Valley cuisine is called, “BajaMed”, from the blending of Baja local seafood and ranch grown foods with Mediterranean flavors. Malva kicks this up a notch by going hyper-local with their sourcing: most of the produce, cheeses, and wines are actually made on-site and wild herbs (including the restaurant’s namesake malva leaf) are foraged on the property. Each plate is beautiful, simple, fresh, and delicious.
This open air restaurant has a stunning view over the valley and while the food is chic, the atmosphere feels casual. It is the perfect way to experience the best of the valley’s food, wine, and landscape.