Celebrate America’s independence with some dynamic New Mexico wines from 21 vineyards from around the state.
The Santa Fe Wine Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas is in its 22nd year and has added some newcomers to its list of participants. Shatuck Vineyard from Truth or Consequences, Black’s Smuggler Winery from Bosque and Las Nueve Niñas Winery from Mora are taking part in the festival for the first time, according to Madeline Mrozek, special events coordinator for El Rancho de las Golondrinas.
“We have wines from Corrales, Las Cruces, Placitas, Velarde, Bosque, Los Lunas and from all over the state,” Mrozek said. “We have 20 different cities in the state represented. We have a great representation of the whole state.”
Usually the festival features between 15 to 18 wineries but this year offers 21 wineries, according to Mrozek. In addition to the newcomers, participating wineries are Acequia Vineyards, Amaro Winery, Anasazi Fields, Black Mesa Winery, Camino Real Winery, Casa Abril Vineyards, Corrales Winery, Don Quixote Winery & Distillery, Gruet Winery, Guadalupe Vineyards, La Esperanza Vineyard & Winery, Jaramillo Vineyards, Luna Rossa Winery, Matheson Winery, Ponderosa Winery, St. Clair Winery, Tularosa Vineyards and Wines of San Juan.
Wines will be available for purchase by the glass as well as by the bottle.
Take in some music with your wine with New Orleans’ folksy jazz band Sweet Jones, which will perform from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Albuquerque’s Alpha Cats perform from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and the Bus Tapes take the stage from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Enjoy the tree-shaded areas and water ponds around this 200-acre Spanish colonial living history museum. Costumed docents will be on hand to lead you around the property and provide insight into New Mexico’s history.
Before or after a stroll of the site, explore what about 10 food vendors and more than 50 craft vendors have to offer.
“We have all kinds of things such as cheese steaks from Bambini’s Steaks & Hoagies,” Mrozek said. “Flamingo Steve’s out of Albuquerque will have its Italian ice, which is so refreshing, and we’ll have kabobs and Middle Eastern food. Molly’s Crepe Escape will have a Nutella and banana crêpe, which makes my day. We have a vendor that does salmon on a stick and they do cheese and fruit trays. It’s very affordable. Everything is under $10. We also have roasted corn (from Bumble Bee Corn Roasters).”