New Mexico, the oldest viticulture region in North America, chronicles a troubled, yet colorful history of wine making. The industry, dating back more than 400 years, grew from the early Spanish settlers' need for a source of sacramental wine. Beset by natural calamities and thwarted by competition and Prohibition, the New Mexico wine industry that flourished in the late 1800s was nearly gone by the 1940s. The resurgence of grape growing and wine making that began thirty-five years later suffered its own tribulations and setbacks.

Today, however, through the concerted and dedicated efforts of our legislature, the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, the New Mexico Wine Growers Association, the New Mexico Vine & Wine Society, and a passionate group of entrepreneurial grape growers and vintners, the New Mexico Wine industry is enjoying steady growth.

For one of the most definitive and thorough accounts of the history of wine in New Mexico, consult the work of award-winning vintner Henry Street, booklet, "The History of Wine in New Mexico".

"Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance." - Benjamin Franklin

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