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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

Popular Wineries in New Mexico View all

  • Casa Rondena Winery

    Located in the heart of Albuquerque's historic North Valley, Casa Rondena creates handmade small-...

  • 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...

  • Gruet Winery

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

  • Heart of the Desert

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

  • Falcon Meadery And Winery

    Free winery tours and tastings daily.

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New Mexico on Snooth

  • EM - Yes, lots of older riders have their bikes shipped out to some place near ... the coast, over to Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, etc., and we've driven a bit on the east coast too - up to Maine / Nova Scotia, down to Key West in Florida, and over to New Orleans before Katrina hit that area a while back.  So this summers trip to see the solar e... Read More

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  • I ve tried the Nebbiolo of Cuna de Tierra, which is excellent. Its 60% Nebbiolo, 20% Malbec, 20% Tempranillo. Its a bold red wine, but it seemed less rustic and more refined then most mexican Baja wines. Cuna de Tierra is located in Guanajuato, central Mexico. There are new wineries opening all over Central Mexico... Queretaro, Aguascalientes, G... Read More

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  • I never thought much off blind tasting. I always thought I knew what I like and I can read, so what should blind tasting be good for. Well, for the last year I have been taking a sommelier course down here in Mexico City with a lot of blind tasting involved and it really opened my eyes.It really helped me to better understand the characterics of... Read More

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  • Dh Lescombes Limited Release Mourverde 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Pezeggy


  • Thanks for the warm welcome! First question: favourite producers is a muddy question for me. In the world of wine, I feel like a forever-bachelorette always sussing out a new potential love of my life. But just to keep things simple, currently on my top-of-mind recall are:1. Armenia: Keush Methode Traditionelle (I'm strict about my bubbles and t... Read More

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  • Hi! I've been active on the Vinous and Reddit Wine forums and was looking for new conversations today, and that somehow led me here. I'm Charine and I'm a wine writer/author. I travel and write about lesser-known wine regions including, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey, Mexico, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, etc. Ask me anything! Read More

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  • Hi everyone!  New member and wine lover here. Im from California so I know about wine, vineyards and stuff..  I've been in Mexico (Ensenada) valley and its beautiful!  I hope to learn from all of you and also share my experiences. Thanks!!  Read More

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  • 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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