New Mexico Wine

 

Some of the earliest wine production in the United States took place in New Mexico. In 1629, Spanish missionaries brought vine cuttings of the Mission (Pais in Chile) grape and planted them in Senuco, then a Native American pueblo, along the banks of the Rio Grande. While this is a full century after wines were first produced in North Carolina, those were from already existing wild grapes, incidental wines, you might say. California wines were not produced until the 1760s. Logistics aside, New Mexico’s wine production continued and spread along the Rio Grande into the 1800s, when by 1890 it was the nation’s fifth largest wine producer. But by the turn of the century, a building excess of silt deposits in the river caused regular flooding, changing the soils where the vines were growing to swamp, and rotting the grapes. By the Prohibition in 1920, wine production in New Mexico had almost ceased anyway. Although the floods subsided by the end of the Prohibition, wine production did Read more »

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Varietals Produced in New Mexico View all

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in New Mexico View all

  • Black Mesa Winery, LLC

    Black Mesa Winery is located in scenic northern New Mexico on the main highway between Santa Fe a...

  • Anasazi Fields

    ANASAZI FIELDS WINERY sits on the western edge of the old village of Placitas, New Mexico, betwee...

  • Heart of the Desert

    In July of 2001, the Schweers family purchased 135 acres of land located across highway 54/70 and...

  • Gruet Winery

    In 1983, the Gruet family was traveling through the Southwestern part of the United States, and w...

  • Luna Rossa Winery

    The word Luna Rossa, meaning "Red Moon", it the inspiraion behind our quests to create great wine...

  • Falcon Meadery And Winery

    Free winery tours and tastings daily.

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New Mexico on Snooth

  • As per your OP's title, JD, next a look at CA. From the Wine Institute:"Chardonnay, with 95,000 acres, is the wine type variety with the most acreage planted in California."Cabernet Sauvignon was the second most planted winegrape in California with 76,800 total acres."The red wine category for the second year in recent history edged out white wi... Read More

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  • Casa Rondena 1629 2010

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    Wow, a delight from local Winery. Opens with loads of ripe Plum, Caramel, and Vanilla; then more Cinnamon and Plum; finally Blueberry, Plum, and baking Spices.Most of these carry over to the palate in a very smooth, well balanced Tannins & Acidity. Continues to open more in the glass with notes of Cherry and Oak. Very satisfying and much better ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • It is pretty amazing what is happening in Valle Guadalupe right now. A lot of small new wineries popping up, some with amazing quality. I visited Valle de Guadalupe a few years ago and its an awesome place to visit. People very friendly, still not too overrun by tourists and winemakers are happy that you visit and try there wines. There are some... Read More

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  • Just thought I'd add a little something to the "wine I would not drink ... grown there, is sourced from New Mexico and then Arizona...before sourcing from California! The reason, which I was told at other wineries, was the cost. Really crazy, as the vast majority of those asked said that wine from the California fruit was by far the best sellin... Read More

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  • Casa Rondena Serenade 2013

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    Another local Wine and a good one. Pale, pale gold in the glass. Opens with baking yeast and minerals; then black tea and honey; more honey and baking spices. Honey carries over to the palate. Semi-dry with a lush mouthfeel. Little acidity. Peach and cream initially and as it opens, it loses the sweetness and becomes more herbal and mineral with... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Casa Rondena Viognier 2014

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    Another home grown from Casa Rondena. A creamy viscous looking gold in the glass. Opens with a herbaceous, yeasty, pear; then more unripe pear; ending with apricot and pear. Medium body in the mouth, small legs, and very tart with high acidity. Some of the pear carries over to the palate, but with tart kiwi and cranberry and a pleasant mineralit... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Casa Rondena Meritage 2012

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    From a local Winery...as opposed to other wines of this relatively old age, still a bit young in the bottle.Brown Ruby Red semi-opaque in the glass with little legs. Opens with milk chocolate plum mousse; then off to cherry rhubarb; finally a bit of raisin honey.Not much of this carries over to the palate. Medium full in the mouth with mineralit... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • here's also some decent stuff from New Mexico of all places. GregT - I am assuming you are talking about Gruet.  They make a real nice sparkling wine.  And (what else could you expect) the family immigrated here from France...That Gruet is very decent.  I was surprised by that for the price.  I would recommend that for your selection, Joe.  Read More

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  • There's also some decent stuff from New Mexico of all places. GregT - I am assuming you are talking about Gruet.  They make a real nice sparkling wine.  And (what else could you expect) the family immigrated here from France...Treveri Cellars in Yakima makes some real nice sparklers.  All come in under the $20 price point.In addition to Ch. Ste.... Read More

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  • I used to hate California bubbles (if I could have afforded Schramsberg back ... also some decent stuff from New Mexico of all places.&nbs Read More

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