Bibayoff winery and russian museum
Carretera Tecate-Ensenada, Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico
011-52 (646) 176-1008
Bibayoff winery and russian museum Valle de Guadalupe Reviews
From Russia with Love, Spirit and Wine May 23, 2013
When we visited Ensenada we can't miss Guadalupe Valley, which is just northeast of Ensenada and is the quintessential wine region in Mexico. The people of the region are fascinating and they love to share their passion with visitors.
Because of I am Russian I was very interested to visit Russian winery Bibayoff and russian museum. I was so excited to meet and talk to Russians whos ancestry left Russia 1 century ago.
It’s a fascinating and mysterious part of history and also very tragic and sad. This is a story about love, vision, determination, passion, faith, spirit, ethics, democratic principles, creativity and hard work.
It starts in 1905 with the arrival in Baja California of a Russian pacifist group of Christians called “Molokans.” The Molokans were spiritual Christians who had broken ties with the Russian Orthodox Church and were being severely persecuted in their homeland. Their exodus from the central Russian provinces of Tombov, Saratov, Voronezh, to Transcaucasia took place in the fourth decade of the 18th century.
The Molokans believed in peace and harmony with all brothers and sisters and refused to fight for the Russian Army. Due to this they were routinely tortured, imprisoned or forcibly conscripted into military service. Although initially denied permission to leave Russia by Tsar Nicholas, their steadfast faith and conviction so impressed novelist Leo Tolstoy that he arranged the necessary permissions for their exile.
Many Molokan refugees were attracted to Mexico and its agricultural potential. They believed in farming land within a closed village settlement where they could live peacefully in accordance with their religious beliefs. After being granted permission by Mexico's then-President Porfirio Diaz to live in Mexico, 104 Molokan families purchased land.
Alexie M. Dalgoff obtained a permit to make wine in the 1930’s
Brothers David and Abel Bibayoff Dalgoff continue the wine growing and winemaking tradition with a nice selection of wines and quality table grapes from their beautiful vineyard. They own and cultivate about 80 acres of table and wine grapes in Rancho Toros Pintos.
Vinos Bibayoff will celebrate 100 years of Russian Molokan tradition this August with a special event featuring, quality wine, food, traditional music and dance. They have a wonderful and very interesting Russian Molokan museum at their winery. The Bibayoff’s are very warm and wonderful people and will provide you with a golden opportunity to visit the winery to enjoy their wines and hospitality. They’re open on Saturdays and Sundays and can be reached at 646- 172-2722 for directions and information. They host special events, BBQ’s, weddings, tours and picnics in the country. Do yourself a favor and visit this historical Molokan family and museum.
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