Perhaps the most architecturally stunning of New Mexico's wineries, Casa Rondeña—which is technically in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, not the Duke City proper—was designed to resemble a Tuscan villa, with its green-tile roof and verdant grounds laced with gardens and fountains. Though a patina of age has yet to develop (the winery was built in 1995), the vintners have made this a very pleasant place for sipping. Casa Rondeña produces a very drinkable Meritage red
blend as well as a fine Viognier. You can see a vintage oak fermentation tank and a great hall with soaring ceilings, where tastings are conducted. The winery hosts many chamber and jazz music events with wine receptions and dinners.
Aug 6, 2009
One of the best wineries in the southwest. The architecture is actually from Spain, and you can sit by the vineyard and relax with wine made right there in Albuquerque. The tasting room is cozy and the grounds are a great place to have a wedding.