Ponderosa Landscape. Courtesy/NMWT
By Bonnie J. Gordon
Get a sip of New Mexico with one of the special tours offered by New Mexico Wine Tours. New Mexico is the oldest wine making region in the country, with more than 40 wineries and tasting rooms.
“We often combine wine tasting with scenic tours or recreational events” said Cindy Capelli, owner and operator of New Mexico Wine Tours. “I tailor the tour to what the guests want to do.”
Some dedicated wine tasters choose to visit up to six wineries, while others choose to combine wine tasting at two or three wineries with an afternoon exploring a scenic location such as Puye Cliffs.
A typical tour takes around 6 hours. Visitors spend 45 minutes to an hour at each winery. Leave the driving to New Mexico Wine Tours. A van or bus will pick up guests at their hotel or other location, so there’s no need to worry about a designated driver.
Public tours take place Friday through Sunday, but special arrangements can be made on other days. Cost for a typical tour is $75.
New Mexico Wine Tours supplies two for one wine tasting coupons, water and snack. For parties of six or more, wine tasting is free. Group rates are available.
New Mexico Wine tours offers tours of four different regions of New Mexico: Northern, Central, Southeast and Southwest.
The company has recently begun doing Microbrewery Tours.
Capelli spent time living in Northern California and wine tasting became a big passion.
“When I came back to New Mexico, I worked for Black Mesa Winery and learned the ropes of the wine business. I opened New Mexico Wine Tours about a year ago,” Capelli said.
Whether it’s a wedding reception or just two people, Capelli strives to make the experience just what her guests want.
Visit the New Mexico Wine Tours website at www.newmexicowinetour.comto learn more about what the company has to offer and see upcoming special events and tours. Call 505-250-8943 to book your tour.