100% of Black Mesa wines are created here on the Estate in Velarde, New Mexico. Therefore, we have the highest level of control over the production of our wines, from berry to bottle.
We grow six grape varieties in our Estate vineyards, and each year we purchase only the best hand-harvested grapes from select vineyards around New Mexico, to supplement our own varieties.
Once the grapes are brought into the winery, we start the wine production by hand-sorting, de-stemming, and putting the grapes through the crusher. The white grape juice gets fermented with minimal oxygen exposure to keep our white wines nice and crisp. The red grapes ferment in half-ton bins, allowing us to experiment with a variety of yeast strains and different cap management strategies. Our red wines are handled delicately by hand-punching to extract the color and flavor from grapes, which is a technique that is rare in wine making today.
We are a boutique winery. Our vintage wine productions range from 30-60 cases per wine. So if you find a wine that you love, don't hesitate to take it home with you!
Since we produce over 30 different wines for you to enjoy, the small production of each one allows us to focus on high-quality wine making.