New Mexico Winery Tour - Breweries in New Mexico

Albuquerque winery by costamesaphotography
Casa Rondena Winery Albuquerque, New Mexico

New Mexico Wineries (and Breweries, too!)

The oldest wine-growing region in the country

New Mexico has a lot more to offer than great chile. Though it may not seem likely as you gaze out into the desert landscape, many areas of the state have climates perfectly suited to wine production. In fact, New Mexico is the oldest wine-growing region in the United States.

The high desert climate and grape-friendly soil make for perfect growing conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Johannesburg Riesling, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and other classic grape varieties. From these sun-kissed fruits, New Mexico wineries produce refreshing whites, luxurious reds, and even some of the finest sparkling wine this side of the Atlantic.

Over 50 wineries dot the state from Farmington in the north, to Las Cruces in the south. Nearly every winery in the state offers tastings, and many even offer private tours. And if you’d rather not sip and drive, many companies offer wine tours in different regions of the state. 

New Mexico is also home to a surprising number of craft breweries and distilleries, so if you’re more beer snob than wine connoisseur, you’ll have plenty of options to fill your glass. 

For a list of New Mexico wineries and a map of their locations, visit The New Mexico Wine Growers Association. For breweries, visit the New Mexico Brewer’s Guild.