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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in New Mexico View all

  • 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...

  • Falcon Meadery And Winery

    Free winery tours and tastings daily.

  • Black Mesa Winery, LLC

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

  • Casa Rondena Winery

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

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  • "I have not been back to China since a lengthy visit prior to the changes instituted by the once disgraced Deng Xiaoping (you can do the math).  The idea of a bustling wine industry such as currently exists in Hebei Province was nothing short of  apipe dream at the time of Mao's death in 1976."(Disclaimer here: I couldn't read the OP's article, ... Read More

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  • Gruet Brut Rose New Mexico 2013

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    Very very good rose from Gruet which is located just outside of Albuquerque. IMO this bottle outperforms many higher dollar quaffs. A very smooth and yeasty flavor, with notes of lemon and cream. Not too robust bubbles. Crisp and well balanced acidity. Read More

    Wine review by pboss


  • Taos Lightning Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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    A good value Bourbon that I always look for when visiting New Mexico. Very smooth and great for sipping. Read More

    Wine review by Purplenose


  • Taos Lightning Single Barrel Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Gruet Brut Rose New Mexico 2013

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    Wine review by Kimma B


  • I am looking for a US based distributor of Chateau Leoville Poyferre. None of ... ... must be based in or near New Mexico.  Can you help?&nbs Read More

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  • Gruet New Mexico Brut NV

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    Christmas 2013, Binny's. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • St. Clair Winery Red Blend Mimbres Valley Mimbres Red NV

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    Wine review by Kelly Chaides


  • Gruet Blanc de Blancs Brut Sparkling Blend New Mexico 2007

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    The rich and toasty character of our Blanc de Noirs is balanced and superb. Aged for two-year minimum, the palate is developed and shows rich complex flavors. The amazing berries aromas and the creamy texture play a leading role and create a great finesse. Winemaker's Note: A fine salmon color, aggressive mousse and a lovely fruity wine with ple... Read More

    Wine review by BRUNOHOEPERS


  • Casa Rondena Meritage Red 2010

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    Wine review by puhnner


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