During the late 1800s and early 1900s, the rising Rio Grande River transformed vineyards into swamplands, and New Mexico went from being one of the top five wine producing states to producing next to nothing. The rebirth of New Mexico wine began in 1978 when a government sponsored study encouraged the planting of French-American hybrids. New Mexico now produces a wide variety of quality hybrid and vitis vinifera wines, and most New Mexico wineries are clustered near Albuquerque and Santa Fe in the north and Las Cruces and Alamogordo in the south. Scroll down to find New Mexico’s best wineries. The “Highest Visitor Ratings” section lists New Mexico wineries that have received visitors’ highest ratings for service, views, and wine quality. The “Highest Wine Critic Ratings” section lists the producers of New Mexico’s best wines based on awards won at international wine competitions. The “All New Mexico Wineries” section contains a comprehensive, and continuously updated, list of New Mexico wineries. Click “map view” to access the advanced winery search to find wineries that provide vineyard lodging, have food available to complement their wines, host vineyard weddings, or produce wines from organic grapes. We make it easy to find the best wine tour and tasting destinations in New Mexico wine country.