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    A world of great wine and music!
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    LABOR DAY WEEKEND
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    August 30, 31 & September 1
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    Sponsored by

    the Town of Bernalillo


    in partnership with New Mexico Wine Country, Inc
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    The premier wine festival of the southwest!
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    Bernalillo is host to the biggest wine festival in the state.
    Great music, arts and crafts, agricultural products, and a feast of foods.
    The perfect setting for wine, wine, wine!
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    Rich history and tradition of
    wine making in New Mexico

ANNOUNCEMENTS

WHAT'S HAPPENING

 

ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE

LIVE MUSIC FROM NEW MEXICO BANDS

 

Mistress of Ceremonies: Frances Lujan

11:30-12:00   Los Compadres

12:00-1:00     The Keys Band featuring Briana Perez

1:15-2:15        Joanie & Combo Special

2:30-3:00        Ballet Enfuego

3:15-4:30        Ziatron

4:45-6:00        Ryan Montaño Band

11:30-12:00    Los Compadres

12:00-1:00      Ben Martinez Project featuring MJ Wilde

1:15-2:15        Good Green

2:30-3:00        Ballet Enfuego

3:15-4:30        Zoltan Orkistar

4:45-6:00        Hillary Smith and the All Star Lineup of Hip Pocket

11:30-12:00    Los Compadres

12:00-1:00      Goddess of Arno

1:15-2:15        E. Christina Herr & Wild Frontier

2:30-3:00        Ballet Enfuego featuring Frances Lujan

3:15-4:30        Cathryn McGill

4:45-6:00        Floozy

 


VISITING THE FESTIVAL

RULES FOR ENTRANCE

 

Must be 21 years of age to taste and buy wine.

Minors must be accompanied by a legal age parent/legal guardian.

Everyone over the age of 12 must purchase a ticket to enter the festival.

Be prepared to be carded regardless of your age at the gate and at the wineries.

Valid forms of identification: 

  • US government issued horizontal driver’s license or identification card containing a photograph and date of birth.
  • US or foreign government issued passport with a photograph and date of birth.

No vertical ID's accepted.

Designated drivers who are over the age of 21 must have valid ID for entrance to the festival, must pay full price and will not be wrist banded. Designated Drivers services are at the DWI Prevention booth just inside the entrance.

No alcohol may be brought onto the festival grounds.

No coolers or picnic baskets allowed onto the festival grounds

Bottles of wine purchased may not be opened on the festival grounds.

No firearms may be brought onto the festival grounds.

No bicycles allowed on festival grounds.

Only licensed service animals are allowed.

No distribution of literature allowed within public easements or on festival grounds.

Service will be refused to intoxicated people and we reserve the right to remove festival wristbands.

Disorderly people will be removed from the festival grounds. 

There will be no refunds on tickets purchased for the festival; this is a “rain or shine” event.

Gates close at 6:00 p.m. Tasting and sales by the glass end at 6:00 p.m.

COMMEMORATIVE POSTER

"Early Morning Harvest"

 

“Early Morning Harvest” is an acrylic image produced on canvas by artist Nicholas Montaño and has been selected as the winning artwork to represent the 27th Annual New Mexico Wine Festival at Bernalillo, August 30, 31 and September 2nd, 2014.

The image depicts a stylized vineyard and sky in the early morning, ready for picking, with a New Mexico sunrise coming up behind it.  It is an image that combines both the artistic and wine elements of the festival by fusing together both realistic and abstract art and by the use of eye-catching colors.  This fusion of styles captures the energy of the Wine Festival.

This was Mr. Montaño’s first entry into the wine festival poster competition, and at only twenty-four years of age, he’s a relative newcomer to the New Mexico art scene. Although he entered to win, he knew that it was a serious competition, and didn’t overestimate his chances.  He was confident of his work, but not so confident that he thought he would win.

Mr. Montaño is a self-taught artist who primarily does commissioned portrait work. He paints mainly in acrylic and dabbles in oil.  He finds art to be one of, if not, the most important human traits that we hold dear. "From the very first cave painting to the Sistine chapel, art has always been able to capture human emotions and tell a story.  Personally I find art to be an outlet. Whatever is going on in my life I can just pick up a brush and retreat to my own world!"

"Early Morning Harvest” is the twenty-seventh image to grace the New Mexico Wine Festival poster commemorative collection that boasts such names as RC Gorman, Betty Sabo, Paul Sanchez, David Chavez, Marcellus Medina and Rudi Klimpert.  The image will now grace this year’s festival poster, and will be used in all festival merchandising materials.  A limited edition of 200 posters with the artist’s signature will be sold for $20.00 at the festival and at poster signing events to be announced prior to the festival. 

Signed and unsigned versions of this poster are available at our online store.

VENDORS

OUR PARTNERS

 

LODGING

PLACES TO STAY

 

Bernalillo KOA
555 S Hill Rd
Bernalillo, NM 87004
Phone: (505) 867-5227
Website

Coronado Campground

106 Monument Rd
Bernalillo, NM 87004
Phone: (505) 980-8256
Website

Days Inn
107 Camino Del Pueblo
Bernalillo, NM 87004
Phone: (505) 771-7000
Fax: (505) 771-7000
Website

Holiday Inn Express
119 Bell Lane
Bernalillo, NM 87004 
Phone: (505) 867-1600 
Fax: (505) 867-0606 
Website

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa
1300 Tuyuna Trail
Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004
Phone: (505) 771-6030    
Fax: (505) 867-1400
Website

Quality Inn & Suites
210 North Hill Road
Bernalillo, NM 87004
Phone: (505) 771-9500
Fax: (505) 771-9400
Website

Super 8 
265 E. Hwy 550
Bernalillo, NM 87004
Phone: (505) 771-4700 
Fax: (505) 771-4700
Website

 

online tickets

Show them on your device

 

Instead of printing your ticket(s), you now have the option of downloading them onto your mobile device. We'll scan them as they appear on your phone or tablet.

When you purchase your tickets online, a link will be provded for you to download your ticket(s) as an image to your device. You may also download the image from your desktop, and send it to your device as well.

Send an email to tickets@newmexicowinefestival.com for questions and comments.

wine making in BERNALILLO

A GLIMPSE OF our HISTORY

 

A teaching religious order named La Salle Christian Brothers came to Bernalillo in 1872, to open a boys school at the request of Archbishop Lamy and Rev. John Peter Faure, pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Bernalillo. The prominent Perea family donated land for the school and a farm. To help fund the school, the Brothers operated La Salle Ranch. In 1883 they opened La France Winery. In 1887 the Brothers went to California to select new grape varieties that they hoped would be hardier than those already grown here. They returned with grapevine cuttings of Black Malvoise, Malbec, Zinfandel, Mataro, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Pino, and Cohasselas Fountainbleu.

Unlike wineries run by other religious orders, the Christian Brothers did not make wine themselves. They hired a French wine maker, Lois Gros who ran the winery until 1920, producing over 10,000 gallons of wine a year. Then an Italian wine maker from Tuscany, Giovanni Giorgio (George) Rinaldi, who had immigrated to Pena Blanca, NM took over and produced sacramental wine throughout the prohibition era until 1933. This was the only winery allowed to remain open during prohibition because Archbishop of Santa Fe, Albert Daguer had arranged to have this winery produce sacramental wine for all the Catholic Churches in New Mexico.

In the early 1920’s, Rinaldi enlisted the agricultural staff of New Mexico A&M college. in Las Cruces, now New Mexico State University (NMSU), to improve his grape production. With their help, he experimented with several types of grapes and growing styles. Zinfandel in a Burgundy style wine, still remembered by old timers, was a result of the experimentation with grape varieties by Rinaldi and New Mexico A&M. The Christian Brothers winery closed in 1948 when they sold the entire La Salle Ranch.

The Bernalillo winery predates the famous California Christian Brothers Winery in Napa Valley. This winery was not affiliated with the California winery, although the California Christian Brothers indicated some interest in this area in the 1950’s for brandy production.

Dedicated to the memory of Justin B. Rinaldi and Henry Street in gratitude for their research.

commemorative poster gallery

through the years

 

"Harvest Moon"
Barbara Clark
2013
"Paz en La Vina"
Virginia Cobos Fritz
2012
"Wine Spirits"
Ricardo Chávez Mèndez
2011
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"Fruit on the Vine"
Johnny Mullins
2009
"Harvest"
Andrew Rodriquez
2008
"Vino Caliente"
Darryl Wilson
2007
"Entrance to Wine Country"
Rudi Kilimpert
2006
"Grape Taste"
Del Johnson
2005
"Festival Time"
Kathleen Martinez
2004
"Vines of the Times"
Joe Dowell
2003
"La Cocina del Viñadero"
Filomeno Martinez
2002
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"El Color del Vino"
David Vega Chavez
1998
"High Desert Embrace"
John Howard
1997
"Wine - A Taste of Life"
Margie Paul
1996
"Harvest"
Kate Chavez Bessom
1995
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MAP

HOW TO GET HERE

 

CONTACT

Get in touch with us

 

Address

243 S Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM 87004

Maria G. Rinaldi, Executive Director
Carla Salazar, Coordinator
Renee Montoya, Asst. Coordinator
(505) 867-3311
info@newmexicowinefestival.com
www.newmexicowinefestival.com

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