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Travel the Wine Trail

Highway 28 is an old fashioned, two-lane road that runs from North El Paso to Old Mesilla, New Mexico. Lined with pretty pecan orchards that stretch for miles, Highway 28 offers you the unique opportunity to journey back to a simpler time. As you traverse the winding path, chile farms, wine vineyards, and horse and cattle ranches set on idyllic pastures open up before you. It’s a steady, relaxing ride over a beautiful bucolic landscape. So take your time and take in the scenery. But be cautious; you’re likely to pass a tractor or two along the way. While the ride itself is a breathtaking spectacle, Highway 28 has a diverse collection of alluring attractions to offer. The road is lined with celebrated wineries, authentic Mexican restaurants and important historical sites that you don’t want to miss out on. Here’s a few stops that you just have to make when riding down Highway 28.

La Viña Winery
Photo by La Vina Winery
La Viña Winery
4201 S. Highway 28
575-882-7632 

New Mexico’s oldest winery, has settled into its new home. The vineyard provides “Estate Bottled” New Mexico wines with a new complexity. New plantings of Italian and Rhone varietals will complement production of Cabernet, Zinfandel and Chardonnay.

Sombra Antigua Winery
Photo by Sombra Antigua Winery
Sombra Antigua Winery
430 La Vina Road
915-471-5115 

Family-owned and operated, Sombra Antigua is housed in an attractive and appealing tasting room. The winery sits in the oldest commercial vineyard in New Mexico. Planted here are grapes for a variety of red and white signature wines. This beautiful winery sits among the vines and pecan trees offering a perfect venue for relaxed wine tasting, entertaining and visiting with friends and family.

Zin Valle Vineyards
Zin Valle Vineyards
7315 Highway 28
915-877-4544 

Situated in the valley of the Rio Grande the back road of Highway 28 leads visitors to locally owned and operated Zin Valle Vineyards, El Paso’s only vineyard and winery. They offer several different varietals from their estate vineyards as well as wines from California and Europe. Spend the day at Zin Valle and experience their complementary wine tasting, venture into the barrel room or simply enjoy a glass or bottle of wine on the patio or picnic while looking over the Zinfandel vineyard and the Franklin Mountains. For a unique experience visit the Vineyard on Sunday afternoons and enjoy the sounds of live music provided by local musicians. Bring a picnic, family and friends and enjoy the day in what was once one of the country’s premier wine regions.


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