These 8 Beautiful Wineries In New Mexico Are A Must-Visit For Everyone
New Mexico is the oldest wine-producing state in the nation! In 1629, a Franciscan monk planted the first vines in New Mexico and, four years later, wine production began. Although people in North Carolina began making wine earlier, they used wild grapes rather than intentional vine cuttings. So, our state has been brimming with quality vineyards and wineries since the 17th century.
This list includes both wineries and vineyards, focusing on establishments that combine fine wine with a spectacular setting. Cheers!
1. Estrella Del Norte Vineyard, 106 N. Shining Sun, Santa Fe
You'd never find Estrella Del Norte by accident and that's part of its charm. It's tucked away in a soothing setting, complete with vines and grape arbors.
The best-selling wine here is the Holy Molé, which is a marriage of red chile, chocolate, and wine. Another great option is the apple wine, which is versatile and refreshing without being overly sweet.
2. Black Mesa Winery, 1502 State Road 68, Velarde
Only authentic, New Mexican grapes are used to craft the award-winning wines at Black Mesa.
The Black Beauty, a chocolate wine, is a standout, as is the Coyote blend.
Imbibe on the back patio to enjoy the mountain views.
3. Casa Rondeña Winery, 733 Chavez Road NW, Albuquerque
The grounds at this winery create the illusion that you're in Tuscany, specifically on a grand estate - definitely a romantic spot to bring a date.
While you're visiting, be sure to sample the 1629 wine. (For special perks, consider joining the winery's club.)
4. Casa Abril Vineyards & Winery, 01 Camino Abril, Algodones
The superb wine here is made with Spanish and Argentinean grapes. Casa Abril has won quite a few awards, particularly for their 2014 Malbec and Sol Y Luna of the same vintage.
The setting is tranquil, with expansive views.
5. Corrales Winery, 6275 Corrales Road, Corrales
Corrales Winery produces fewer wines than most of the other places on this list. But its peaceful scenery makes up for the somewhat limited selection.
6. Rio Grande Vinyard & Winery, 5321 State Highway 28, Las Cruces
It's worth stopping here for the views alone. The wine
comes from European varietals and Rio Grande bottles sangria as well. As an added bonus, pecans and honey are produced on site.
7. St. Clair Winery, 1325 De Baca Road SE, Deming
St. Clair operates wine bistros in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Farmington. You can taste their wine in any of these locations. However, the official tasting room is in a gorgeous spot in the Mimbres Valley, in Deming.
St. Clair's wines have received an endless string of awards. The Hatch green chile wine gives white wine a fun, New Mexican twist.
8. Luna Rossa Winery, 3710 W. Pine Street, Deming
Luna Rossa is also close to Deming. It has an intimate feel and a pleasant outdoor patio.
Winery co-founder, Paolo D’Andrea, studied viticulture in Italy. As a result, the winery is heavy on Italian reds.
What is your favorite New Mexican winery or vineyard? Is setting important to you, or are you primarily concerned about the quality of the wine?
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