Vineyards & Wineries

New Mexico is the oldest wine producing state in the country, with production starting in 1629.For the wine enthusiast, there are over 47 vineyards and wineries located throughout the state of New Mexico.

Rio Grande Vineyard & Winery is nestled in the fertile Mesilla Valley between the Organ Mountains, and the Rio Grande River.Located  on Hwy 28, app. 4  miles Rio Grande Winerysouth of  Old Mesilla. This vineyard provides a wide variety of locally grown and produced wines, specializing in Spanish wines, that are unique to this area. The tasting room is open from 12 Noon – 5PM  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

La Vina Winery is New Mexico’s oldest and is located app. 30minutes south of Old Mesilla on Hwy 28, along the Don Juan de Onate Trail.  The winery has state of the art wine making facilities, and a tasting room. The tasting room is open Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesday) from 12 Noon until 5PM. La Vina hosts a Harvest Festival and grape Stomp in October, a Blues & Jazz Festival in April, and an old fashioned picnic and open house on July 4.

Luna Rossa Winery (which means Red Moon)  is west of Deming in the middle of the Mimbres Valley. It is one of the newest wineries in New Mexico and all the grapes come from New Mexico vineyards. They offer wines made from Italian, French, German, Rhone, and Spanish varieties aged in French and America Oak barrels.  One of their tasting rooms is located in the Calle de Mercado plaza in Old Mesilla. Their hours are Monday thru Thursday from 10:30 AM – 6 PM,  Friday and Saturday 10:30 AM – 7 PM, and Sunday 12 lunarossawineryNoon – 6 PM. They also offer a wine club and a gift shop. Wine tasting is free.

St Clair Winery is located in Deming, about 1 hour west of Las Cruces, in the Mimbres valley.  Situated on 15 acres, the vineyard has a 500,000 gallon capacity.   St Clair Winery & Bistro, with its Blue teal label, is located on Avenida de Mesilla. The restaurant offers a 6 glass wine flight for sampling. Open for lunch and dinner, and also a Sunday brunch. Check with the restaurant for jazz dates and times. The bistro also has a nice selection of New Mexico wines for sale. They offer a flight of 6 wines for tasting.

Vintage Wines is the tasting room for Black Range vineyards. The tasting room is located in historic Old Mesilla  at 2461 Calle de Principal and is open Wednesday and Thursday from 12 Noon – 8 PM,  Friday and Saturday 12 Noon – 10PM, and Sunday from 12 Noon – 5PM.  In addition to offering wine by the glass from their own Black Range label, they offer glasses and bottles from other New Mexico vineyards. Stop by and enjoy wine and music on their outdoor patio.

Amaro Winery is located at 402 S. Melendres St. Amaro is a locally owned family winery that produces a variety of high quality wines from New Mexico grapes. The winery is opened Monday – Saturday from 1 PM – 8 PM and from 1 Pm – 6 PM on Sundays. They have live music on Friday and Saturday nights from 5PM – 8PM. Currently they serve cheese (some local artisan) and crackers, or you can bring in your own food to have with your wine.Wine tasting is $3.00.

Heart Of The Desert Pistachio’s & Wine specializes in wine from the Eagle Ranch Winery. They are located on 2355 Calle de Guadalupe in historic Old Mesilla. The store is open from 10 AM – 6 Pm daily and they offer 5 free wine tastings.

Old Gate Cellars located in Josephina’s Old Gate, located at 2261 Calle de Guadalupe in historic Old Mesilla.  Their new wines include a Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Ristra Red, and Josephina’s White.

In addition to the local vineyards, there are 2 wine festivals each year. Over Memorial Day, the Southern New Mexico Wine Festival takes place at the Southern New Mexico State Fairground. The Harvest Festival takes place over Labor Day weekend and is also held at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds.