The Cellars of Del Mar

At the Southern tip of the Baja within the legendary master-planned development of Palmilla, you will find the exclusive communities of Villas Del Mar and Espiritu by Del Mar Development.  Inside the community gates are the world’s most coveted homes built over the course of two decades. When you arrive, you are transported into another world, surrounded by bright bougainvillea and lush tropical landscape, magnificent villas lining the beach and winding stone streets leading you up the mountainside to villas perched high above the Sea of Cortez.

Every home is a work of art, showcasing the craftsmanship of Mexican architects and builders while fulfilling the passionate vision of each homeowner.  Nothing demonstrates this more than the spectacular collection of wine cavas that can be found within these magnificent homes. We’ve visited a few of these cellars to bring you a taste of the best of what is hidden behind the gates of Del Mar’s luxury communities.

On the wide sandy beach of Villas Del Mar hidden beneath a magnificent villa is possibly one of the greatest wine cellars in the world. A stone staircase from the pool scape to the beach below leads you to the wine cava. Two grand cellar doors hand carved to perfection by a local craftsman swing open to an extravagant stone corridor intimately lit by unique chandeliers from Guadalajara.

The corridor leads to a sculpture of a woman by artist Rodo Padilla. A tribute to the homeowner’s wife, the statue represents the strength and determination of women.  The statue guards the cellar itself which is just beyond another grand set of iron doors.

These doors were placed under the sea for several months during the construction process to age the iron and wood giving them the appearance of historic doors that are hundreds of years old. Here you step into the great room of the cellar with an exquisite dining table seating 11 making this room the ultimate entertaining area. In order to bring this extraordinary table into the cava an opening was cut into the sea wall and it required 50 men to carry the table in. A wall of glass reveals the cellar itself that holds up to 1000 bottles of some of the finest wines in the world.

During our personal tour with the homeowner, the host explained that it was especially important for him to have mostly Mexican wines. He asked Baja Wines to make a list of the best Mexican vintages and days later, 10 cases from each of the best wineries arrived at his cellar.

The inspiration for creating the cellar came from the wine house, Palmaz, in Napa Valley. Virage Design & Construction Company headed up the project and within five months one of the most majestic cellars in the world was finished.

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