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Jerry Burd - Owner

Jerry grew up on a farm, learning the importance of hard work at a young age. After his business career, he spent time visiting wineries in the Pacific Northwest, and apprenticed at one in Oregon. Jerry and his wife, Lynda, bought Black Mesa Winery in 2000, bringing Jerry full circle. He was the winemaker in the early years, and set the standards high for New Mexico wine. Now, on any given day, he can be seen thoroughly checking his vineyards, collaborating with his staff, sampling what's in the barrel, and giving a thumbs up or thumbs down to crazy-flavored hard apple cider concoctions. 


Lynda Burd - Owner

Lynda was born and raised in Denver, CO. She studied Watercolor and Graphic Arts at Rocky Mountain School of Art, San Francisco Academy of Art College, and Yavapai Community College in Arizona. Lynda designs all of the labels for the Black Mesa Wines and some of her art hangs on the walls in the tasting room.

Lynda and Jerry love cats as evidenced by some of the woodwork in and outside of the tasting room. They have had as many as 14 cats, but the current count is 9. They also have 2 dogs - Boo and Spirit.

Winemaking Team


Craig Dunn - Winemaker

Before becoming a member of the BMW wine-making team, Craig spent over two decades at the Taos Inn helping to run a 'Wine Spectator Award-Winning' wine list. During his time at the Taos Inn he also became a sommelier.  


About 10 years ago he joined the BMW wine-making ream, and has not looked back.


"After tasting Black Mesa Winery wines, I realized that these are not just very good wines for New Mexico, they are very good wines, period.  I am glad to have the opportunity to influence what goes into the bottle."

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Curt Chesney - Winemaker

Curt joined the Black Mesa Winery winemaking team as Assistant Winemaker in 2019, but his interest for wine and the fermentation process started long before that.  

With a passion for the art of crafting wine, he started making homemade wine in 2006.  The love of the fermentation process led Curtis to also make delicious mead, cider, beer, sauerkraut and various home-canned goods from his own kitchen.  The mad-scientist-like obsession he developed led him to start gardening as well.  Since 2012 he sells his goods at locals farmers markets and his goal is to teach and inspire others to grow their own food and use ancient methods to preserve them.



Katherine Lautenbach

After graduating with a degree in Germanic studies and music Katherine started the Court Mater Sommelier program in Chicago. After completing her second exam she decided to learn more in Napa Valley. After working in the Napa business in various roles for 10 years, she started a fitness business. In 2020 she moved to New Mexico and got back into the wine business in with Black Mesa Winery.

She still runs a fitness business and enjoys playing her saxophone and watching her desert tortoises roam her back yard.

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