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Las Cruces Wine Festival

Las Cruces Harvest Wine Festival



Albuquerque Wine Festival

Albuquerque Harvest Wine Festival



Las Nueve Ninas Winery

Sam comes from four generations of wine makers in Northern New Mexico. Several years ago, Sam and his family decided to plant a vineyard on the family land and the rest is history.

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Vivac Winery

Jesse has been in the wine industry for over 17 years and is a certified Executive Sommelier, applying expertise in viticulture and oenology from extensive continued education while also finishing his Winemaker Certification from UC Davis. His thirst for knowledge has resulted in travel to wineries around the world in which he garners tools of other regions which he applies to his nationally recognized wines.



Noisy Water Winery

In the heart of the mountains, Jasper makes wine under the Noisy Water Winery and Relleno Brothers labels in Ruidoso. The winery’s first tasting room specializes in what Jasper calls their ‘fun wines’, like the hot-selling Relleno Brothers Green Chile and Relleno Red Chile wines. Though they tend no vines themselves, they make all their wines from grapes grown in New Mexico vineyards from Deming and Taos.


Theresa Fisher

Sombra Antigua Winery

Theresa and her family built Sombra Antigua Winery near the famous Camino Real trail with its ancient shadows. It is nestled among the vines of New Mexico’s oldest vineyard. It is her goal to honor time-honored traditions by offering the very best wines.



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paolo d'andrea

Luna Rossa Winery

Paolo comes from a heritage of four generations of wine growers. Paolo graduated from the College of Viticulture in Spilimbergo, Italy, with an expertise in plant grafting. This unique skill moved him to the US with a company operating a 300 acre vineyard, the largest in the state. Still managing the states largest vineyard, Paolo also opened his own vineyard and winery with his wife, Sylvia and manages all three simultaneously. This combination has given Paolo 23 highly successful years of experience leading a very crucial enterprise in our industry.

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ben maier

Amaro Winery

Family owned, Amaro Winery was founded in 2009. Benjamin Maier is originally from Germany and produces and bottles all of his wines onsite. All his grapes are grown in Southern New Mexico. He currently has several different varietals of red and white, including both sweet and dry wines.

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michael dominguez

Gruet Winery

Michael is passionate about New Mexico wine. For the past five years, he has directed the day-to-day operations at Gruet Winery expanding the production capabilities to well over two million bottles annually, while maintaining the quality expected from their nationally recognized sparkling wines. He is familiar with all facets of running a winery from the vineyard to sales both domestically and internationally. Also, in October 2015, he earned his Executive MBA from UNM’s Anderson School of Managment.