How long has New Mexico been making wine? Long before statehood, and long before California. In fact, New Mexico is the oldest winemaking region in the country! Wine was first produced in the area that is now New Mexico in 1629, 140 years ahead of California winemaking.
Continuing in this tradition, are three wineries in Sierra County.
43 Bridle Road, Caballo, (915)491-9459
Take a drive out to scenic Caballo on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon to try the wines at Shattuck Vineyards. The tasting room is open from 12 noon to 6pm (or by appointment on other days). In the warmer months, you can sit out on the patio and enjoy a glass while taking in the beautiful view of the Caballo Mountains and Caballo Lake. Owner Brad Shattuck is creative in naming his wines. A new red wine is called Zinfully Sweet. One of his white wines is called ArRey of Chardonney, for the nearby town of Arrey. The Consequences of Zinfandel, an estate wine, is named after Truth or Consequences. Other white wines are Pino Grigio, and Gewurztraminer, and the newly introduced Chenin Blanc. White Zinfandel is a rose wine. Red wines include red Zinfandel, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Wine making is a labor of love for Brad. He enjoys serving customers and seeing them enjoy the wine. Shattuck Winery has participated in wine festivals in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Tularosa and Carlsbad. Brad Shattuck often participates in Second Saturday Art Hop in Truth or Consequences, serving his wines at Grapes Gallery on Main Street. Shattuck wines are also available locally at Bullock’s grocery store, the Ivory Tusk Restaurant, Los Arcos Steak & Lobster, and Point Blanc Winery, Taproom & Pizzeria. Beyond Sierra County, Shattuck Vineyard wines are also sold at several locations in Las Cruces, Sunland Park, and El Paso.
Point Blanc Winery, Taproom and Pizzeria
820 N. Cedar, Truth or Consequences, (575)894-7467
The winery, taproom and restaurant, located next to the Bedroxx Bowling Alley in downtown Truth or Consequences, produces its own sangria on site. They sell out the 5 to 10 gallons they produce every month. Point Blanc Winery also sells other New Mexico wines, including those from Shattuck Vineyards and the St. Clair Winery, Willmon vineyards, and DH Lescombes winery in Deming. New Mexico microbrewery beers that are also available.
Black Range Vineyards & Winery
10701A Main / Highway 152, Hillsboro, (575)895-5119
The Black Range Winery has reopened in a new location in beautiful Hillsboro, in the foothills of the Black Range Mountains—near the Hillsboro General Store & Cafe. Regularly scheduled hours are Thursday through Sunday from noon to 6 pm. Hours will be extended for regularly occurring functions, to be advertised on their web page, social media, and local newspapers.
Owners Brian and Nicki O’Dell planted a vineyard of Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in 2007. They bottle Pinot Noir, Refosco, Syrah and Cabernet (dry reds). They also have a unique Red Chile Wine, a Port and a medium dry white table wine. In the warmer months, they offer house-made Sangria. They also carry several other New Mexico wines: Chardonnay, Tempranillo, Pinot Grigio, and a couple of sweeter varieties. They have two local beers on tap and sell some other New Mexico brews (bottles) that are sold by the package.