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Milagro Vineyards is a True Hidden Gem in Corrales, NM

By S. Mathur

Visitors describe Milagro Vineyards as "a hidden gem", and "a little piece of heaven". It is one of the small wineries that are making wines from New Mexico known and appreciated. Located in the village of Corrales, NM just north of Albuquerque, and close to the Rio Grande, the winery lies in good agricultural country. Even though nearby urban centers are expanding fast, Corrales holds on to its rural identity.

It is a good setting for the Milagro Vineyards, which makes wine the Old World way: allowing the wine to age in oak casks and in the bottle, emphasizing the connection between the taste of the wine and the place where it is made.

Co-owner Rick Hobson says that "We believe wine is made in the vineyard, so, we are one of only a few wineries committed to growing our own grapes. Our grapes are grown throughout our village, Corrales. Our wines are handcrafted from the vine to the bottle. We use French oak in fermentation and are the only winery to put a pig on the label." And thereby hangs a tale. The winery used to rescue pot bellied pigs and Wilbur was one of them.

Hobson says that "Wilbur was our pet pig who lived in our house for 15 years. He earned his way to the label by having a good palate." Rescue efforts at the winery have now shifted to Boston Terriers and there are always a few around to greet visitors.

The wines are handmade, in limited quantities. The vineyards were first planted in 1985, and the wines include Rose, red & white table wine - Corrales White and Corrales Red - Chardonnay, Semillon, Riesling, Gruner Veltliner, Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Public tastings are held once a month and by appointment. Visitors are advised to bring a picnic since the winery does not serve food. There are plenty of quiet retreats and seats from which to enjoy the view and the wines.

Hobson says that "Our tasting room is very casual and offers for tasting whatever we are currently selling. We are also home to Milagro Boston Terrier Rescue of New Mexico, so, it is not unusual to have a dog or two around."

Wines from Milagro are also available at select local restaurants and stores. They can be ordered long distance via phone or email, and are shipped around the country. Visitors can see how the wine is made if the staff aren't too busy, says Hobson "Our tasting room adjoins the Old Church vineyard and our winery. If we are not too busy, we are happy to show guests around. We are open by appointment only. One weekend a month we offer public tastings . To make an appointment or learn about public tastings contact wine@milagrowine.com."

As well as tastings, Milagro hosts wine dinners in partnership with local restaurants.

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