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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  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • Anasazi Fields

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

  • Casa Rondena Winery

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

  • Luna Rossa Winery

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

  • Wines of the San Juan

    Wines of the San Juan vineyard, tasting room, and winery is an Arnold family business. We are a b...

  • Falcon Meadery And Winery

    Free winery tours and tastings daily.

  • 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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