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La Chiripada Winery

La Chiripada Winery La Chiripada Winery is a small, family-run operation located in the beautiful Rio Embudo Valley of Northern New Mexico (50 miles north of Santa Fe and 25 miles south of Taos). We established our winery in 1977, following the traditions of the first Spanish settlers and adopted the name, La Chiripada, from the original ranch where our winery is located. ("La Chiripada" means, "a stroke of luck" or "a lucky fluke".) It was in 1981 that we built the winery in the traditional southwest style using the indigenous materials of the region: adobe bricks, vigas and latillas. That same year, after developing our root stock for four years, we harvested our first commercial vintage, a robust Burgundian styled red wine from our small vineyard in Canoncito. The following year, we opened our doors to the public.

To get to La Chiripada Winery from Albuquerque, take Interstate 25 north to Santa Fe and follow the signs to Espanola and Taos (Hwy 285). From Espanola take Hwy 68 north, 25 miles out of Espanola look for Hwy 75 heading east from Hwy 68 (Dixon turnoff). The winery is three miles from the junction, on your left.

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  Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Mimbres Valley. Free-run juice aged in new European oak for 22 months to add complex fruit qualities and silky vanillins for a rich mouth feel and subtle, toasted-oak nuances in the finish.
  Canoncito Red
100% Millot from Rio Embudo Vines, this lightly sweet red complements New Mexican’s also a good sipper.
Varietal character of the fruit combines with the oak to present a wine with hints of tropical fruit finishing with a pleasant toasty quality. Goes well with seafood, pork, and poultry dishes.
  Embudo Blanco
Produced from our organically grown apples this delightfully crisp wine abounds with fresh apple aromas. Always a wonderful appetizer but try it also with oriental cuisine.
  Late Harvest Riesling
Our Late Harvest Riesling was picked at 26 Brix and is 8% residual sugar. A thick and delicious dessert wine harvested exclusively from Rio Embudo Vines.
A blend of Vidal Blanc and Villard Blanc, this semi-sweet wine is crisp and lively. It is consistently a medal winner and is an excellent gift choice.
  Rio Embudo Red
95% Millot and DeChaunac from the Embudo Valley and 5% Ruby Cabernet, this vintage abounds with cherries in the mid palate, accented by fine tannins, finishing with a silky texture. A most popular red. Try with grilled lamb chops glazed with a Moroccan barbeque sauce.
  Rio Embudo Red Reserve Selection
Leon Millot from our vineyard and 20% Sangiovese from Southern New Mexico afford this selection refinement, maturity and complexity. Its bouquet is full of blackberry and red plum aromas with subtle hints of caramel from the barrels. Accessible now or cellar for a few years.
  Rio Embudo White Barrel Select
Barrel fermented in new Hungarian oak, this cuvee possesses a lovely bouquet of green apples and figs with hints of orange blossoms, and a taste softened by elegant oak flavors. Wonderful with poultry and seafood dishes.
  Special Reserve Riesling
Our Germanic styled Riesling, harvested from Rio Embudo Vines, has a good acid backbone. The bouquet abounds with fruit aromas while the taste finishes with a lingering crispness. Our most popular white wine.
  Vino de Oro
Brandy-fortified and wood-aged for six months, fruit aromas and oak meld in this bouquet of luscious sweet sipping Muscato. Look for hints of mango, peaches and ripe pears in the finish!
  Vino Sonrojo
This opalescent blush wine is lightly sweet with delicate fruit. Perfect for a picnic or with your favorite fruits and cheeses -- this wine is always a hit!
  Vintners' Reserve Red
A powerful blend of Sangiovese, Ruby Cabernet and Leon Millot, this full-bodied red is delicious now with New Mexican red chile dishes, and is also a good choice for cellaring.
  Viognier 2004
Grown down south, this Rhone Valley varietal produces an elegant wine, wonderful with grilled fish and poultry dishes.
  Winemakers' Select Red
This full-bodied Cabernet blend is supple with light tannins and toasty oak showing through the vibrant fruit. Structured for cellaring, our Select Red is very drinkable now and even better with time.
  Winemakers' Select White
Abundant fruit integrates nicely with vanillins from the oak to create a complexity of flavors in this, our driest white wine. 75% of the Winemakers' Select White grapes are grown in our own Embudo Valley.


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