Mexico wine tradition goes back more than a century. In fact,
the 1880 census indicated that New Mexicans already had 3,150
acres of grape vines, almost double the figures shown in that
year for New York State.
By 1884, New
Mexico was fifth in the nation in wine production. Fate took a
hand when weather conditions and constant flooding of the Rio
Grande River, followed by Prohibition in 1920, stopped the industry
cold. Its long-awaited rebirth only took place in the late 1970's.
Mexico has over 20 operating wineries, producing almost 350,000
gallons of wine a year. (Above, the Black Mesa Winery in Velarde,
Discover what else New Mexico is up to on acres of vineyards offering tours, tastings and festivals happening throughout the year...
More information about New Mexico wineries around the Web:
New Mexico Wine Growers Association - One-stop browsing for all New Mexico wineries featuring brief overviews and maps together with a history and timeline of winemaking within the state, a guide to festivals and events, and related links.