New Mexico is one of the oldest wine producing regions in America. Spanish missionaries planted the first vines in the Rio Grande valley in southern New Mexico in the late 16th century. Today, wine grapes are grown in many small family owned vineyards mostly in the Rio Grande valley from north of Santa Fe to southern New Mexico in the Las Cruces region. In fact, most of the wineries in the north get a portion of their wine grapes from the south.
Travelling north of Santa Fe, visitors can tour several wineries and taste their offerings. Wineries in this region include Black Mesa, Vivac, La Chiripada, Don Quixote, and Estrella del Norte. Vino del Corazon has a tasting room near our inn on the corner of Alameda and Don Gaspar Ave. in Santa Fe. Within a short drive south of Santa Fe are the villages of Corrales and Placitas with Milagro, Corrales Winery, Acequia Vineyards, and Anasazi Fields. Gruet and Casa Rondena are two notable wineries in the Albuquerque area.
Touring our wineries is a pleasant way to sample their offerings and experience the beautiful landscapes of New Mexico. On our El Farolito B&B Inn web site, we have provided a detailed description of the winery tour north of Santa Fe.