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

  • Syrah

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Gruet Winery

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

  • 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...

  • Falcon Meadery And Winery

    Free winery tours and tastings daily.

  • Anasazi Fields

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

  • Black Stock Vineyards and Winery

    BlackStock Vineyards, the first of the current vineyards in the Dahlonega area, was founded by fo...

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New Mexico on Snooth

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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  • Greetings, Im a wine drinker from El Paso, Texas. Industry is government with a ... wine festivals in southern New Mexico. I guess all this makes me a novice.   Hope everyone has a great holiday.&nbs Read More

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  • I will still be in Mexico but I will use my telepathic powers... No, I will use the new app for hiring someone to jimmy your locks for you, open your mail, and generally snoop in your affairs. And miraculously I will know what was sent to me and I will have a blindingly brilliant guess who did it. I swear I did not cheat in any way.  But yes, my... Read More

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