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Founded in 1973, Anderson Valley Vineyards is still operated by its original owner. This vineyard, tasting room and gift shop is located in the heart of Albuquerque's rural-feeling North Valley. It is a mere ten minute drive from Old Town, yet peace, quiet and nature reign among these lush green fields just east of the Rio Grande. Wine tasting and tours are offered, and the facility is available for weddings and parties. A special event is held annually during Balloon Fiesta, at which time Anderson releases one of its speciality wines, called the "Balloon Blush".
The Marble Brewery occupies a former warehouse, and is set in an expansive space replete with an indoor tasting room, an outdoor patio and a stage for live music. With its trendy upbeat vibe, the Marble Brewery and its adjacent brewpub attract youth from in and around Downtown Albuquerque for a sample of their best brews. The beers at Marble Brewery are brewed with methods borrowed from old centuries as well as modern techniques, creating hops, award-winning pilsners, Indian Pale Ales, red ales and draft varieties.
From the highly regarded house of Gruet in France to the high desert of New Mexico, come some of the best sparkling wines in the country. The award-winning wines enjoy a stellar reputation and are served in dozens of restaurants around the world. Tours through this elegant facility are available. If you need a special place to host an anniversary celebration, wedding reception, birthday, office or Christmas party, give Gruet Winery a call and schedule the banquet facility that can hold up to 250 people.
Nexus Brewery is a small brewery dedicated to serve people of Albuquerque fresh and unique craft beers that is produced locally. Once a month they provide guided tour of the brewery at attractive prices! In addition to being a brewery it is also a restaurant serving delicious soul food! Their venue is also available from Sunday through Thursday for private parties and meetings. Check website for additional information regarding menu and the beers on tap for the month!
The North Valley is home to many impressive structures and Casa Rondena Winery is one of the most unique. This Moorish castle encloses a huge wine making operation that produces respected cabernet and sauvignon wines. The winery's Serenade is a fruity, slightly dry dessert wine. The owner and wine maker spent 20 years in southern Spain, where he learned his art and found himself enthralled by the Moorish architecture. Mountains and streams meander across the grounds that are surrounded by the giant cottonwoods of the Rio Grande Bosque.