Don Juan Bandini
Visionary businessman and Rancho Tecate’s first property owner in 1833 whose former estate makes up our current Center for Development.
orn in 1800, he was a key figure in the history of the two Californias. Raised in San Diego and in what is now known as Tecate.
Don Juan Bandini made his mark not just because of his involvement in the political and business world, but most notably for his lasting influence on social life and his excellent taste for the finer things, always elegant and refined, Bandini was quite fond of large fiestas, good wine, music and dance. There is no doubt that his legacy of good taste and class are part of the fabric Rancho Tecate.
Rancho Tecate became the central hub for field businesses, which Bandini established in the ranches of Jamul, Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada and Tijuana. Creating great vineyards, orchards and vegetables, both Tecate and Valle de Guadalupe, which together with the planting of fodder temporarily allowed to keep their fledgling cattle herds.