Despite its climatic challenges, New Mexico has a burgeoning wine industry in all parts of the state.
New Mexico (State Appellation)
Bringing the people to the wine:
How New Mexico connects wines, tourism and its unique cuisine
Quick question: What’s the oldest commercial wine producing region in the U.S.?
Did you say California? Sorry. It’s New Mexico, predating California’s efforts by 140 years!
Eleanor & Ray Heald
March 4, 2008
New Mexico has four American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), the state’s passionate growers and wineries reference their wine regions by trails – northern, central, southeast and southern. Yet, even information from the New Mexico Winegrowers Association
states that: “Here in southern New Mexico is where the grape growing is done. There are more vineyards here than in any other part of the state. Many of the northern wineries source their grapes from these southern vineyards where the climate is more suited to grape growing.”