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Wine festival livens Bernalillo Labor Day Weekend

Wineries from all over New Mexico will be showing off their finest vintages in Bernalillo this weekend for the town’s 27th annual New Mexico Wine Festival.

The three-day event runs from noon to 7 p.m. today  through Monday at Loretto Park just west of Camino del Pueblo, the town’s main street.

As in past years, visitors can stroll the grounds, sampling wines or purchasing bottles of wine from 19 wineries including some local names such as Corrales Winery, Gruet Winery of Albuquerque and Matheson Winery of Rio Rancho. Visitors must be at least 21 years old to sample or buy wine.

There will also be plenty to look at among the dozens of vendor stands, including ceramics, glasswork, metalwork and pottery as well as clothing and jewelry.

Music is on the menu too, with a full line-up each afternoon with a mix of styles, including locally well-known artists like Hillary Smith and the Allstar Lineup of Hip Pocket and Cathryn McGill.

There will also be fun for the kids with jumpers, a petting zoo and face-painting.

This year’s wine festival poster is an original piece titled “Early Morning Harvest” by 24-year-old Nicholas Montaño that depicts a stylized vineyard and sky in the early morning.


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This year visitors will have the option of downloading festival tickets onto their mobile device. When you purchase your tickets online from the festival website,, a link will be provided for you to download your ticket as an image to your device.

You may also download the image from your desktop, and send it to your device. Festival staffers will scan them as they appear on your phone or tablet.

Bernalillo has a long association with wine. The La Salle Christian Brothers who came to the town in 1872 and opened a winery in 1883 to fund the school that they founded in the town. The Christian Brothers winery operated until 1948, according to the wine festival website.

The town is about 13 miles north of Albuquerque just west of Interstate 25 exits 240 or 242. Visitors can also take advantage of the service offered daily by the Rail Runner, with trains from as far away as Belen and Santa Fe. A free shuttle service runs between the U.S. 550/Sandoval Rail Runner station and the festival site.