Travel south to Belen to visit a well-kept secret, Jaramillo Vineyards. Start your tour with Robert and Barb Jaramillo at their ten-acre vineyard, with more than 10,000 plants and 15 types of grapes. Then drive six miles to their tasting room, located in the historic 1909 Central Hotel in downtown Belen. (Driving instructions provided at the vineyard.) Here you have the opportunity to taste six different wines and sample light appetizers while you learn more about the winery’s history and background. Limited enrollment.
Robert Jaramillo became an airline pilot after a stint in the Navy; he enjoyed some of the best wines of the world while traveling. He and his wife Barbara began growing grapes in New Mexico, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Leopoldo Jaramillo, the largest wine producer in the Middle Rio Grande Valley prior to prohibition, and his father Salo, who grew grapes and made wine on a home-production scale. The current ten-acre vineyard was all lovingly planted with the help of friends and family.