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The winery is open for free tasting, free tours and wine sales:
(April 20, 2016 through November 27, 2016):
Our tasting room will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, noon to 5pm.
(December 3, 2016 through April 19, 2017):
Our tasting room will be open on Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4:30pm.
The winery is available by appointment at other times or for groups larger than 10 people
(505)867-3062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Labor Day Weekend 2016
Avoiding the Festivals
Saturday, Sept. 3
Wine and Food Paring Seminars ($15 per person)
Two Seatings: 1pm or 3pm
Sunday, Sept. 4
Catered by Powdrell's BBQ House with music provided ($25 per person)
4:30 to 6pm
Monday, Sept. 5
Winery Open House, free library wine tasting
12pm to 5:00pm
more details about Labor Day Events
Check out the New Wine Tasting Room in Los Alamos
See our events page for a list of activities at the winery throughout the year.
ANASAZI FIELDS WINERY sits on the western edge of the old village of Placitas in the northern foothills of the
Sandia Mountains, a scenic twenty minute drive north of Albuquerque. Orchards and vineyards surrounding the winery
are watered by a spring-fed irrigation system that dates back over a thousand years to a time when the Anasazi people
farmed the Placitas Valley. Nearby are petroglyphs which we have reproduced on our wine labels.
Vintner Jim Fish and his partners hand-craft dry table wines from locally-grown apricots, peaches, plums, wild cherries
and other fruits. Unlike most "fruit wines", our wines are NOT SWEET dessert wines. Their delicious dryness makes them the
perfect accompainment to any meal. We also produce one estate red grape wine, Synaesthesia; serveral blends of New Mexico
grape wines with one of our old fruit wines, e.g., Rojo Seco, a blend of Syrah and wild cherry; and an off-dry Cranberry wine.
See our wines page for a complete list of our unique and adventurous wines.
One of our primary goals is to help preserve the agricultural nature of the small villages of Northern New Mexico by
producing excellent wines from the fruit grown here for centuries.|
Sangre de Puma
July 6 2016
There are two native cherries found in Northern New Mexico: chokecherries (prunusvirginiana)
and bitter or wild cherry (prunusemarginata). For centuries, both have been used for homemade wine.
A number of wineries in the U.S. make a chokecherry wine. As far as I know, Anasazi Fields is the only
commercial winery in the world making a wine from 100% prunusemarginata.
I made my first batch of wild cherry wine in 1991, back in the hobby wine days, before the hobby got out of control.
In fact, the wild cherry wine was a major factor in the hobby getting out of control. Early on, I realized that a
big red-style table wine made from the wild cherries of Placitas could be special. I started locating groves around
the village and asking permission to pick. Each year, the batch would be a little bigger than the year before.
Furthermore, the wine kept getting better, with each batch, and each batch with age.
Our wild cherry wine, which we now call Sangre de Puma, is one of our signature wines. Most of the cherries for
this wine come from our orchard, Wild Cherry Farm. We purchased the property in 1998 specifically because of an
existing wild cherry grove. Since we have had the property, we have more than quadrupled the wild cherry production
by transplanting seedlings from the original grove into old alfalfa fields and by allowing the original grove to expand.
This year, we have already picked over 1000 pounds of wild cherries from the orchard, and we have just begun picking in
the old grove.
THE GOOD LIFE
Wild Cherry Farm
(Placitas real estate for sale)
Wild Cherry Farm Real Estate
Key aspects of covenants
Metamorphosis of a vision
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Petroglyphs by Betsy James