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Uncork the Sun-Kissed Flavors of El Paso and New Mexico’s Wine Trail
Uncork the Sun-Kissed Flavors of El Paso and New Mexico’s Wine Trail

Embark on an unforgettable journey along El Paso and New Mexico’s Wine Trail, where every sip unveils the vibrant flavors and timeless beauty of the region. This untapped treasure boasts a diverse collection of wineries and vineyards, each offering unique experiences from intimate wine tastings to lively festivals brimming with music and local culture. Whether you’re a seasoned oenophile seeking unique varietals or a curious traveler yearning for adventure, this scenic trail promises to delight every palate and passion. Let’s raise a glass to the highlights of this sun-drenched wine country!

La Viña Winery: A Legacy of Excellence

If you're a fan of history and tradition, La Viña Winery should be at the top of your list. As the oldest winery in New Mexico, La Viña boasts over 45 years of crafting award-winning wines. From dry to sweet, white to red, their selection is sure to satisfy any palate.

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Photo Curtesy of La Viña Winery

But La Viña is more than just great wine. It’s a hub of activity all year round. Every April, the Spring Wine Festival takes center stage, offering over 20 wines for tasting and purchase. Imagine strolling through the vineyard with a glass of wine in hand, live music playing in the background, and browsing through stalls of local food and crafts. In the fall, the Harvest Wine Festival celebrates the season with wine tastings, local art, and delicious Southwestern food. And for those who crave a bit of adventure, La Viña offers horse rides through their vineyards—an unforgettable way to experience New Mexico’s oldest vineyard.

Zin Valle Vineyards: A Scenic Retreat

For a more relaxed and intimate setting, Zin Valle Vineyards is your go-to spot. Nestled in the Rio Grande Valley, this charming vineyard offers a serene escape with estate-grown varietals and selections from California and Europe.

Zin Valle is all about enjoying the moment. Start with complimentary tastings in their inviting tasting room, then grab a bottle and find a cozy spot on their patio. On Sundays, the vineyard comes alive with local musicians, making it the perfect day for a picnic with family and friends. And don’t worry about food—Zin Valle offers delicious charcuterie trays and seasonal treats to complement your wine. The view of the Zinfandel vineyard against the backdrop of the Franklin Mountains is simply breathtaking and a perfect way to spend a leisurely afternoon.

Uncork the Sun-Kissed Flavors of El Paso and New Mexico’s Wine Trail
Plus, Zin Valle Vineyards is the exclusive American source for wines from Fattoria Svetoni. This means you can indulge in a taste of Tuscany right here El Paso, experiencing the essence of Italian winemaking without leaving the country. If you long to be transported to another place and time, indulge in the flavor of their Tuscan wines.

Rio Grande Winery: Vibrant and Fun

If you're in the mood for something lively, head to Rio Grande Winery in Las Cruces, NM. Known for its energetic atmosphere, this winery features live music every weekend with local rock bands and a variety of events like Paint & Sip nights. Whether you're a seasoned artist or a beginner, these guided painting sessions are a fun way to enjoy a glass of wine and unleash your creativity. Rio Grande Winery is also home to unique activities like pickleball for members. With food trucks, live music, and beautiful pecan orchards surrounding you, it's a fantastic spot to experience the true flavor of the Southwest.

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Photo Curtesy of Rio Grande Winery

Sombra Antigua Winery: A Cozy Afternoon Escape

For those seeking a laid-back vibe with a mix of live music genres, Sombra Antigua Winery offers a perfect escape. Established in 2010, this winery is tucked away near the village of Chamberino, NM, and provides a peaceful atmosphere with a great selection of wines.

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Photo Curtesy of Sombra Antigua Winery

Every Saturday and Sunday, Sombra Antigua fills with the sounds of live music, creating a relaxing ambiance for your wine tasting experience. The scenic location and friendly vibe make it an ideal place to unwind, enjoy a glass of wine, and soak in the beauty of the surroundings.

Mesa Vista Winery & Tasting Room: A Micro-Winery Experience

Looking for a more intimate and personalized wine experience? Mesa Vista Winery & Tasting Room in Anthony, NM, is the place to be. Known for its meticulously grown grapes and luscious wines, Mesa Vista offers tastings and New Mexico craft beer in a cozy setting.

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Photo Curtesy of Mesa Vista Winery Tasting Room

Open from Thursday to Sunday, the tasting room is a welcoming spot to enjoy a bottle of wine, or simply a glass, on-site. Mesa Vista also partners with Mesilla Valley Wine & Brew Tours, providing guided tours that explore the best wineries, breweries, and distilleries in the area. These tours are perfect for both wine aficionados and those simply looking for a fun day out.

Exploring the Trail

To fully explore the El Paso and New Mexico Wine Trail and all its offerings, plan for a dedicated trip of at least several days. Each winery and vineyard offer its own unique atmosphere and activities, from casual tastings to lively festivals. Whether you're hopping from one location to the next or taking your time to savor each experience, the trail promises a journey filled with rich flavors, warm hospitality, and plenty of memorable moments. So, gather your friends and family, and embark on an unforgettable wine adventure in the heart of the Southwest. Cheers!

La Vina Winery
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4201 South Highway NM-28
La Union, NM 88021
(575) 882-7632

La Viña Winery is New Mexico’s oldest winery. The vineyard provides “Estate Bottled” New Mexico wines with a new complexity. New plantings of Italian and Rhone varietals complement production of Cabernet, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. Check the website for a list of annual festivals and events.

For a real treat contact Miller Horse Farm and take their Horses and Wine Tour to the vineyard. Miller Horse Farm offers a nostalgic once in a lifetime experience. They have three Ride and Wine Tours to choose from and with each you will ride horseback along the fields and vineyards to New Mexico’s oldest winery, La Vina Winery, and enjoy free wine tasting. For both round trip tours adults will receive a free bottle of wine. Visit their website for all the details.

Mesa Vista Winery & Tasting Room
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3200 Highway 28
Anthony, Anthony, New Mexico 88021
(915) 494-7248

The Tasting/Tap Room is open 12-6 Thursday thru Sunday. Stop by and share a bottle of wine, have a glass of wine or New Mexico Craft beer. Carry outs of bottles of our luscious wine and growlers of beer are always available. There are discounts when purchasing 6 bottles of wine or a case of wine. Wine is always a wonderful present, gift certificates are available for purchase.

Rio Grande Winery
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5321 N Highway 28
Las Cruces, New Mexico, New Mexico
(575) 201-3744

Founded in 2004, Rio Grande Winery continues the hand-crafted tradition of winemaking in the oldest wine region in America. Experience a breathtaking view of the Organ Mountains while enjoying wines hand crafted from our 28-acre estate vineyards. You’ll find tradition and the true taste of the southwest through our creative commitment to quality and excellence. Follow the sleepy pecan orchards that pave the way down Highway 28 to the Rio Grande Winery for a true taste of the southwest.

Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery
Photography by Sombra Antigua Winery
430 La Vina Road
Anthony, NM 88021
(915) 241-4349

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
7315 Highway 28
Near Milepost 1
Canutillo, TX 79835
(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.