Planning a Taos, NM Vacation
There are some wonderful New Mexico wineries you can visit during your travels to Taos. A few of them are easily accessible if you’re heading toward Taos from Albuquerque, so be sure to make a stop along the way. Many wineries also have tasting rooms right in The Plaza outside our door.
Located at the intersection of State Road 68 and Highway 75 in Dixon, this New Mexico winery has won many awards for its red wines. They offer Riesling, sweet white wines, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, a French red blend, and dessert wines and ports. Vivac Winery also has an in-house chocolatier offering truffles or you can pair the hand crafted cheeses from its in-house fromagére with your wine. The tasting room is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The winery is bottled in Velarde, about 45 minutes from Hotel La Fonda de Taos, but they do have a tasting room and shop in Taos at 241 Ledoux St. You can also enjoy small plates with artisan cheese and crackers. Head over on Friday or Saturday between 4 – 6 p.m. for happy hour and stay for the free live music from 6 – 9 p.m. The tasting room opens at noon and is closed on Sunday.
Located in the town of Dixon on Highway 75, this winery has produced award winning wines for more than 30 years and is the oldest winery in northern New Mexico. The Taos tasting room is located at 103 Bent St. and is open 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
If you’re serious about your wine tastings, we invite you to visit Taos in late January for the Taos Winter Wine Festival.
New Mexico is getting on the map for microbreweries and craft beers. We even have a few annual festivals to showcase our community’s love for beer. Here are some local breweries you can stop at in Taos.
A 100-year-old adobe home houses this local eatery and offers several house beers on tap. They also offer homemade root beer that’s a hit with the locals.
A New Mexico microbrewery and restaurant that offers hand-crafted beer, homemade food, and fantastic mountain views. They have more than 10 house beers that range in style and complexity.
BEER FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
Celebrated every Columbus Day weekend, Red River Oktoberfest has authentic German food and music, craft beers, New Mexico wines, giveaways, and more! Admission is free, but commemorative mugs are $10 or you can purchase a stein for $15.
In Taos Ski Valley, the Annual Brewmasters’ Festival hits Taos Ski Valley to honor the art of brewing and crafting beer.