Harvest time in Wine Country – One of New Mexico’s Best Kept Secrets

The arid climate of New Mexico and its fertile Rio Grande Valley has made it ideal for wine growers. The Spanish influence since the 1600s brought an appreciation for wine that truly became established in the 1800s. Today, New Mexico has become one of the nation’s largest wine producers, with many family owned vinters producing almost a million gallons annually. With over 3,100 acres of vineyards in the State – New Mexico is ideal for wine enthusiasts.

During your visit to our Inn, we urge guests to consider exploring the wineries here. They are often set in some of our most fertile and picturesque valleys, marked by traditional architecture and mountain views. Taking a drive along highway rte. 25 from Bernalillo to Socorro is a great day trip and can be undertaken either as an organized or spontaneous winery tour.

The wine harvest comes to the Santa Fe area at this time of year and to celebrate this annual ritual, Bernalillo County – which has a long history of producing some of the finest wines in New Mexico and beyond, celebrates the New Mexico Wine Festival over Labor Day weekend in the town of Bernalillo. We urge you to attend and we are offering a 20 percent discount for guests booking a two night stay.

The Inn on the Paseo has also compiled a list of some of our region’s must-see vineyards. There are also many winery tours one can join out of Santa Fe.

Vivác Winery, Embudo NM

This winery is the creation of brothers Jesse and Chris Padberg, along with their wives, Michele and Liliana Padberg, respectively. In November of 1998 Jesse and Chris embarked on a new mission “to make the best wine possible and have a good time doing it!”  The two couples combine their impressive credentials in the field and local knowledge.

For more information go to vivacwinery.com

Wines of the San Juan, Blanco, NM

The Arnold family developed Wines of the San Juan from arid lands. They have transformed it into a profitable business that produces some of the best wines around.

For more information go to winesofthesanjuan.com

Casa Rondeña Winery

The winery began operation in late 1995 by vintner John Calvin. He and his two sons, Ross and Clayton first planted on the site in 1990 and the winery is still going strong.

In 2008, a new barrel aging and storage facility, including the Founder’s Rotunda, was built in order to expand production capability of the winery. Today, the family can accommodate special events for winery members.

For more information go to casarondenawinery.com

La Chiripada Winery, Taos, NM

La Chiripada Winery & Vineyard is located in the Embudo Valley of northern New Mexico. Owned and operated by the Johnson family, La Chiripada has been operating for over 30 years and has created award-winning wines. It is northern New Mexico’s oldest winery.

For more information go to lachiripada.com

St Clair Winery, Farmington, NM

St Clair Winery has been a local landmark since 1984 and it is located in the Mimbres Valley wine appellation, in Deming, New Mexico. St Clair Winery produces over seventy different  wines under many labels.

For more information go to stclairwinery.com

Vino Del Corazon, Santa Fe, NM

Erica & Richard Hart operate a great tasting room where they share their knowledge and passion for great wine.  

For more information go to vinodelcorazon.com

Black Mesa Winery

Black Mesa Winery began producing wines in 1992 and in 2000, Jerry and Lynda Burd purchased the winery and now produce over 25 wines from grapes grown in northern and southern New Mexico.

For more information go to blackmesawinery.com

Estrella del Norte Vineyard/Santa Fe Vineyards, Santa Fe, NM

In Northern New Mexico, Estrella Del Norte Vineyard/Santa Fe Vineyards is the first vineyard/winery on the northern wine trail.

For more information go to estrelladelnortevineyard.com