New Mexico Wine Country

The Oldest Wine Producing Region in the U.S.

The first Spanish explorers and settlers, beginning in the early 1500's, brought their European wines grapes with them as they made the sunny, fertile Rio Grande valley their new home. These original grape stocks remain the source of many of New Mexico's vinters to this day. In the 1580s, Missionary priests were busily producing sacramental wines. By the 19th century, vineyards and wineries dotted the Rio Grande valley from Bernallilo south to the Mexican border.

Census data in 1880 identified 3,150 New Mexico acres dedicated to producing 905,000 barrels of wines per year. During prohibition, legal wine production ceased. New Mexico wineries made a resurgence in the early 1980's. Currently, over 5,000 acres are under cultivation as the U.S. rediscovers the bounty of Rio Grande wine country.

Navigating New Mexico Wine Country

We've divided the state's wine country into 3 regions:

Choose one of the above regions to begin your tour, and Enjoy the bounty of New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment!

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Created by Jim Peavler & Ron Wayne Green
Last modified on October 26th, 1995.