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After a three-year hiatus, the New Mexico Wine Festival in Las Cruces returns this weekend, May 28th-30th. Hosted by New Mexico Wine & Grape Growers Association, the Memorial weekend wine festivals have become a tradition for people throughout the Southwest, providing an opportunity for attendees to discover New Mexico’s award winning wines and buy direct from local producers.
Among the many exciting new elements to the events this year is the Wine Garden. Guests are invited to wander immersive garden environments and enjoy their favorite New Mexico wines while surrounded by fresh flowers, floral decor, local flower and plant vendors, and even try their hand at making their own flower arrangements. With a fresh look, new vendors, and plenty of food, the New Mexico Wine Festival is once-again the official celebration of Spring in New Mexico.
Our NM Wine Fest in Las Cruces returns to the Southern NM State Fairgrounds, featuring 16 New Mexico wineries, with over 200 wines available for free tasting or for sale by the glass, bottle, or case. Many wineries will be introducing new vintages and offering festival-only discount pricing on bottles and cases of these limited-edition products.
Nearly a dozen local food trucks will offer a wide range of menus including slow roast BBQ, pizza, waffles and New Mexican favorites, while the main stage will feature a wide range of electrifying live music from country rock, Latin, up beat jazz, and 70s/80s classics. Guests are sure to find something to love from the 50 vendors of fine art, clothing and accessories, wellness products, and fresh-made delicacies including chocolates, salsas, and pastries.
There will be onsite painting/craft classes conducted by Mews Muse, learn to design and decorate your own sugar cookie classes by Enchanted Sweets and build your own charcuterie board classes by Coco Appetite. There is also a free bottle check service allowing attendees to enjoy the great music and food, knowing any bottles they purchase are being kept safe by event staff. And to encourage attendees to take their favorite wine home with them, all purchased tickets will include $5 off any bottle of wine at the festival. NMwine.com contains all the details and a link to tickets.
Tasting tickets are $30 and include a commemorative wine glass, samples of New Mexico wines from all participating wineries, and $5 off any bottle of wine. Daily military discount and Designated Driver tickets are available as well. Doors open at 12pm daily.
$1 from every ticket purchased will support the Vineyard Restoration Fund, an initiative to plant 200,000 new vines across New Mexico. By replanting our vineyards, we are making a long-term investment in our farmers and the future of the New Mexico wine industry.
New Mexico Wine is the trade association for New Mexico wineries dedicated to promoting locally grown and handcrafted New Mexico wines. This year’s New Mexico Wine Festival will be the largest event yet, and is designed to familiarize people with the world-class quality of New Mexico wines in a lush setting.