Wine festivals return to NM after a hiatus final summer season in the course of the pandemic, »Albuquerque Journal

Wine lovers try wines at a past Santa Fe Wine Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. (Courtesy Richard Gonzales)

The New Mexico wine festivals will be back in full swing by mid-August.

The pandemic put a damper on all of New Mexico’s most popular wine festivals last year, including the Santa Fe Wine Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas in Santa Fe. The festival returns from August 14th to 15th at the historic site at 334 Los Pinos Road. The gates open every day at noon. Tickets are $ 18 for children 21 and older and $ 5 for ages 13-20. Tickets can be purchased at Entry is free for members of El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Adult tickets include a wine glass for the festival.

“Usually this is a July 4th event,” said Chris Goblet, executive director of New Mexico Wine. “We postponed it to August. … And it’s such a great festival because it’s in this historic village and we have, I think, 14 wineries and cider production. “

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The wineries include Black’s Smuggler, Gruet, Jaramillo, La Esperanza, Luna Rossa, Noisy Water, St. Clair and the newcomer El Alamo from Alcalde. New Mexico Hard Cider will also be present. The event will also showcase local handicrafts as well as agricultural product suppliers.

Albuquerque Harvest Wine Festival attendees sample Amaro Winery’s wines at a past event. (Courtesy Dean Strober)

Next up is the Harvest Wine Festival in Albuquerque and Las Cruces. Attendees can sample more than 100 wines from some of New Mexico’s finest wineries. Both festivals will take place from September 4th to 6th from 12pm to 6pm. The Albuquerque event will be held at Balloon Fiesta Park, 5000 Balloon Fiesta Parkway NE. To the south, the event takes place at the Doña Ana County Fairgrounds, 12125 Robert Larson Blvd. Both events are open to people aged 21 and over. General admission tickets for the Albuquerque Festival are $ 30 and are good for each day of the event. Tickets for the event on September 6th are only $ 25. The festival has a special offer of two tickets for $ 50 or two tickets for $ 40 for the September 6th event. Tickets for specific drivers are $ 10. All ticket holders, with the exception of the designated drivers, receive a Viva Vino commemorative wine glass and a USD 5 discount on each bottle of wine. Ticket prices for Las Cruces are the same, with the exception of the September 6th event special with two tickets for $ 45. All tickets can be purchased at

Live music, food trucks, and vendors selling art, jewelry, local food and handicrafts will also be part of both festivals.

“We have the return of the Wine Festival, which is the Harvest Festival again.” Mug said. “I think we have registered 16 wineries for this. … (We have) two bands performing each day. Basically, one should be fast-paced and the other more relaxed, you know, atmospheric music. And the biggest thing I can say about all these festivals is just the catching up demand that we have heard from wine festival connoisseurs and the catching up demand of our winemakers. So I hope that the two will collide like waves, that the wave of demand for wine will match the amount of wine we bring. Everyone can take a couple of great bottles home with them for their late autumn enjoyment. “

Wine and beer lovers can sample some of the best in the state during this year’s New Mexico State Fair during the Red, White and Brews. The tasting events will take place on September 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th and 19th.

“For the State Fair, we’re working with the Department of Agriculture and doing Red, White and Brews Happy Hours,” said Goblet. “And so it is on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday of mass. … And so we invite various wineries and breweries and distilleries to present their products in the courtyard of the Ministry of Agriculture. “

Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery created a Blue Corn Lager and a Red Chile Moscow Mule Cocktail called Angry Mule for the State Fair.

“The Angry Mule is made from red chillies that have just been picked up in Hatch this season,” said Goblet, “(they’re) fresh red chillies. … They make their Moscow mule and then they take the red chillies and ginger and all that other stuff and make an infusion. And then (they) add that to the last step. Once the cocktail is created and the alcohol is in, they make the simple syrup with all these different herbs and spices and so on. So it’s really handcrafted. And the blue corn for the blue grain beer grew in Santa Ana Pueblo. So stick to the traditions of the ingredients from the region. “

In Santa Fe, the renowned Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta takes place from September 22nd to 26th in different locations. Several New Mexico wineries will be represented during the international event. This year there will be two big tasting events. One will be held on September 24th and the other on September 25th at Magers Field in Fort Marcy Park, 490 Bishops Lodge Road. For a full schedule, tickets and information, visit

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