In 1629, Franciscan friar García de Zúñiga and a Capuchín monk named Antonio de Arteaga planted the first wine grapes in the Río Grande valley of southern New Mexico. Viticulture took hold in the valley, and by the year 1880, grapes were grown on over 3,000 acres. War, Prohibition, floods and bankruptcies have a taken a toll, but 400 years later, New Mexico is home to thirty six wineries in 53 locations and enjoys a very unique wine culture, evolving in a way that only this state could have produced. Join us for a classroom tour of New Mexico’s wineries and why the Land of Enchantment is once again coming into its own. You'll learn about the local wineries and how to taste wine like a sommelier. Please note: No wine tasting will be a component of this course, however there is a lab using the Aromaster wine aroma kit.