GRAPE AID 2020
In the heat of the harvest September 1985, a group of world-famous musicians united their talents under the Farm Aid banner and raised $9M in relief funds for the American farmer at a time when small farmers across the US were losing their land to bankruptcy or the bank. In this same spirit the New Mexico Wine & Grape Growers Association has founded GRAPE AID, a promotion that runs during New Mexico Wine Month (August) focused on providing relief to grape growers during the upcoming 2020 Harvest. The time has come to SAVE THE GRAPE!
We invite you to explore our selection of carefully curated wines from across New Mexico and encourage you to generously spend to support New Mexico's wine makers and grape growers. We hope you enjoy our labor of love!
NEW MEXICO WINE HISTORY
Nearly 400 years ago, in 1629, the very first grapes were planted along the banks of the Rio Grande and American viticulture was born. These original vines were smuggled from Spain and planted by monks to produce wines for ceremony and sacrament. What began as a sacred tradition eventually grew into a thriving industry, and by the late 1800’s New Mexico was producing over a million gallons of wine annually.
New Mexico’s modern day wine industry continues to evolve from traditional European roots, with over 50 wineries and tasting rooms throughout the state. It is not difficult to trace the influence of old Spain in our contemporary wines, but one can also taste the traditions of France, Italy, Germany and Central America in our present day vintages. We invite you to explore Americas most unique and independent winemaking region in the heart of the Southwest.