New Mexico Wineries: Let Your Spirit Unwind

Visit New Mexico wineries and see how your spirit can unwind! You can enjoy yoga classes, water fountains, warm fireplaces and natural lighting as you relax with a glass of your favorite wine. Dive back into history as you learn about the southwest and the influence of the Native American and Spanish cultures. Breathtaking sunsets and colorful mountains invite you to enjoy the outdoor patios with live music and New Mexican cuisine—a mixture of cuisine from Spain, Texas and the Mediterranean. As you travel to different wineries throughout New Mexico, be sure to bring the VinGardeValise® with you. This ultimate wine suitcase will allow you to travel anywhere with your wine and beverage bottles, keeping them safe and secure. The wine cavities are specially designed to hold a combination of bottles of almost any shape, from traditional Bordeaux and Burgundy to Champagne and Riesling.

Now, let us take a short wine tour through New Mexico…

Casa Rondeña Winery

Casa Rondeña Winery is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Established in 1995, this quiet winery is situated in the North Valley along the banks of the Rio Grande River. Blending adobe, stone with ancient timber architecture, Casa Rondeña Winery blends spiritual elements with Native American and Spanish culture. Soothing water fountains and manicured lawns will surround you as you discover the taste of Animante, a blended wine produced from Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals. According to Casa Rondeña Winery, “The Tasting Room at Casa Rondeña Winery allows you the opportunity to sample the entire portfolio of our fine wines made on the winery premises.” This romantic winery made Travelocity’s Top 10 Things to Do in Albuquerque for Couples list.

Facebook Rating: 4.8 stars, 62 reviews

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars, 258 reviews

Features:

  • Tasting room
  • Patio
  • Three event venues
  • Customizable wedding packages
  • Wine club
  • Picnics (for wine club members only)
  • Fountains & pond
  • Gift shop
  • Private tours
  • Public tours every Saturday
  • Chocolate Merlot Wine Fudge  
  • Chardonnay Caramel Sauce  
  • Chocolate Cabernet Wine Sauce  
  • Cooking classes
  • Valentine’s Evening at Casa Rondeña
  • Yoga

Address:

Casa Rondeña Winery
733 Chavez Rd. NW
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87107

Gruet Winery

Gruet Winery is located in the heart of Albuquerque, NM. The Gruet family has been making quality champagne in France since 1952. In 1993, the family decided to open up their own winery in New Mexico. According to the winery’s website, “With high elevation, sandy loam soils, and sweeping winds to naturally keep away pests and thin the canopy for greater flavors, New Mexico’s desert landscape proved the ideal starting ground for Gruet.” On December 31, 2016, Gruet’s Brut wine was awarded 90 points and was listed in the 100 Top Values of 2016 by Wine Spectator. You can sample this wine and many other varietals as you indulge in homemade tarts and cheesecakes.

Facebook Rating: 4.7 stars, 150 review

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars, 90 reviews

Features:

  • Tasting room
  • Seasonal patio
  • Barrel room
  • Luncheons
  • Wine club
  • Event venue
  • Sweets, Sparkling, & Sabering, a sweet treat event with sparkling wine
  • Monthly mimosa bar
  • Winery tours on the last Saturday of each month

Address:

Gruet Winery
8400 Pan American Freeway N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87113

St. Clair Winery & Bistro

St. Clair Winery & Bistro was established in 1984. The winery and tasting room is located in Deming, New Mexico, while the bistros are located in Albuquerque, Farmington and Las Cruces. The Albuquerque location is situated near the historic Old Town, which was founded in 1706. In Old Town, you can tour historic cathedrals, purchase authentic Native American jewelry, watch live outdoor entertainment, get a hand-drawn caricature of yourself and so much more. According to St. Clair Winery & Bistro, “Our state-of-the-art winery—New Mexico’s largest—offers numerous award-winning wines for every taste.” St. Clair’s Bellissimo wine has won several awards. Come enjoy New Mexican and epicurean-style cuisine with the whole family as you sit under the covered patio and sway to the music. You will be warmed by the candlelight’s and the fireplace.

Facebook Rating: 4.4 stars, 693 reviews

TripAdvisor Rating (Albuquerque): 4 stars, 558 reviews

Features:

  • Tasting room
  • Wine festivals
  • Live music
  • Wine accessories
  • Catering
  • Private tastings
  • Outdoor patio
  • Event venue
  • Wine dinners
  • Vineyard & winery tour—Deming, NM location
  • Corks & Candles celebration, a Valentine’s Day event

Address:

Albuquerque St. Clair Winery & Bistro
901 Rio Grande Blvd. B100
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Acequia Vineyards & Winery

Acequia Vineyards & Winery is located in the village of Corrales, New Mexico. Just 30 minutes outside of the city of Albuquerque, this quaint winery opened in May of 2012. Focusing on small batch wines, quantities are limited. Acequia Vineyards & Winery is part of the Corrales Wine Loop, which offers you wine and bike tours, carriage rides, wine and cheese pairings and four wineries in less than eight square miles! Just last month, a guest at Acequia Vineyards & Winery said, “Friendly people, quaint space, and tasty wine! Enjoyed the riesling and the merlot. Thank you! We will be back to spend some time on the patio.” To view this review and others like it, click here.

Facebook Rating: 4.8 stars, 24 reviews

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars, 14 reviews

Features:

  • Wine tasting
  • Outdoor patio
  • Acequia Valentines Wine and Chocolate
  • Wine festivals
  • Educational programs

Address:

Acequia Vineyards and Winery
240 Reclining Acres Rd.
Corrales NM 87048

Estrella Del Norte Vineyard

Estrella Del Norte Vineyard is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico: just an hour’s drive from the city of Albuquerque. Come visit New Mexico’s capital and sample a diverse selection of wines. Estrella Del Norte Vineyard is known for its excellent staff and service, winning the 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. At the 2012 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, the Pinot Noir Rosé won the Silver Medal.

TripAdvisor Rating: 4.5 stars, 200 reviews

Features:

  • Mystery Wine Tasting
  • NM Wine History Sip & Learn
  • Gift shop
  • Vineyard Casita, overnight accommodations
  • Sculpture garden
  • Transportation
  • Wine club
  • Gift baskets

Address:

Estrella Del Norte Vineyard
106 N. Shining Sun
Santa Fe, NM 87506

Suggested Places to Stay

Albuquerque:

Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm

4803 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87107

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87l04

Casas de Suenos Old Town Historic Inn
310 Rio Grande Blvd. SW
Albuquerque, NM  87104

Corrales:

Chocolate Turtle Bed & Breakfast
1098 West MeadowLark Lane,
Corrales, NM 87048

Santa Fe:

Inn of the Governors
101 West Alameda Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

It’s Time

It’s time to take a vacation to New Mexico where you can unwind and melt away the stress. You can partake in yoga classes that will relax your body and delight your senses as you stare off into the vineyards. Depending on the time of day, you can view some of the most breathtaking sunsets that display an array of warm colorful hues that light up the sky.  You can enjoy beautiful sculpture gardens and live music as you sip your wine and indulge in New Mexican cuisine. At some wineries, the wine tasting is free if you join the wine club or purchase wine bottles from the store. Don’t forget to bring your VinGardeValise® with you so that you can transport your wine and beverage bottles safely.

Go and explore your possibilities at the New Mexico wineries!

Photo credit: ©VinGardeVliase Photographed by: Brinna Rammage

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