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Drink It!

The long and win[e]ding road

June 11, 2014, 12:00 am

We had arrived at the third vineyard when the words really started to get interesting. Now 45 miles north of Santa Fe, our tour group stood before another long row of bottles, the ruby colored liquid from Vivác Winery swirling in our glasses. Click here to read full article.


Santa Fe Local’s View: Summertime and the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market

....and last but certainly not least….. partake in the wine tasting at Vivac Winery’s tasting room. Now, I’m partial to Vivac Winery.  I love the story…. Local Dixon boys grow up in the mountains of Northern New Mexico; wander off to college; return home; marry amazing women; begin their family and create a wonderful winery!  Spend $5.00 and receive four tastings on-site.

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"So happy to be one of the HITS of Taos!"


Three New Mexico wineries are joining together to open a tasting room wine bar at 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos. The ambiance will be “classy but comfortable” with an intimate area with cozy arm chairs, a bar area and an area with tables and chairs.
The new wine bar will offer visitors an opportunity to taste world class wines by the glass or bottle. There will not be a kitchen but small plates featuring a variety of hors d'oeuvres will be available.
Owners Jim Fish of Anasazi Fields Winery, Tony Black of Black’s Smuggler Winery and Michele and Jesse Padberg of Vivác Winery answered an interest seeking letter sent to wineries across the state from the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. Click here to read more...

"Please help us name our 3rd Tasting Room opening in Los Alamos by taking the survey linked in this article!"

Our Santa Fe Tasting Room receives National Recognition!

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Vivác Winery The Padberg family owns and operates this little gem, now celebrating its 10th anniversary. The adobe tasting room, surrounded by vines and flowers, sits at the intersection of N.M. 68 with N.M. 75. The winery has an estate-bottled red blend, and numerous other wines in styles from sweet to full-bodied dry. One that I’ve enjoyed over several vintages is the Dolcetto, a light-bodied dry red with a somewhat smoky finish that’s friendly to a broad range of foods. Visitors can try pre-set tasting tours of selected wines or create their own tasting à la carte. Wine flights showcasing three wines with either a savory plate or house-made chocolate truffles are also available.

On Saturday, October 5, the Vivác gang hosts its Annual Picking Party, a favorite event for members of its wine club—and membership is free with online sign-up. Members spend the morning picking grapes in the Fire Vineyard alongside the winemakers, then relax with a fancy, four-course catered meal paired with lots of the winery’s bottlings ($35/person includes the meal, wine, and a bottle of Fire Vineyard red to take home). Contact to reserve. For a wickedly fun time, arrive on Saturday, October 26, for the annual family-style Halloween Party: costume contests for kids and adults, live music, and drink specials (free admission). ➌ ➍




Tour Wine Country: Beautiful Wineries Across the Nation

Wineries are open year round, making them perfect for mini vacations. From the rustic Tennessee hills to the always-classy Napa Valley, tour some of the nation's gorgeous wineries.

Photography by Jim O'Donnell; courtesy of Vivac Winery

Vivác Winery, Dixon, N.M.

A successful winery in New Mexico might seem like a far-off goal, but brothers Jesse and Chris Padberg alongside their wives, Michele and Liliana, have always been up to the challenge. And with a meticulous process that starts with handpicking the grapes to resting the unfiltered, unfined wines for a minimum of 12 months before release, the Padberg family has certainly pulled it off — the winery has been named the highest-rated red wine producer New Mexico's history by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Wine to try: 2008 Refosco — A unique dry red with aromas of watermelon, sweet peas, pomegranate and a hint of earthy vanilla from French oak barrels.



With wines from across the country & every wine making region to choose from, one of  Vivác's wines made the select list of 7! 

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  " I've known the Padberg family for a number of years and been impressed with the continual improvement of their      wines and their
 marketing savvy. Although they are a small winery, their quality speaks volumes."
 - Jim W. Hammond, Albuquerque Arts magazine Columnist, Albuquerque Wine Examiner @, Co-host Bold  Foods with Bold Wines (, Author: Wines of Enchantment: A Guide to Finding and Enjoying the Wines of  New Mexico.

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"The New Mexican spotlights a Vivác wine for top picks around the world."





New Press about Vivác Winery!

"Drinking Old in the New"

Viva Las Vegas New Mexico.

The Land of Enchantment has a certain desert magic to it with its Latin flair and American Indian roots. Not just a bunch of sand, the state has ski resorts, wilderness areas, and many of the cities have a vibrant art and culinary scene. And the wine! The wine?? .........
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Sunset Magazine 
also named us one of the "Notable New Mexico winemakers... 
Vivác is a great up-and-comer."


     "Episode 1 showcases Vivác Winery!"



Group Seeks Return of Great Grape Growing

(SUNfoto by Louis McGill) Barrels of wine age in Vivác’s winery. Michele Padberg said the winery uses only French oak barrels for their wine, rather than less expensive barrels made of American oak, because of the flavor the wood imparts to the final product.
By Louis McGill
SUN Staff Writer
Thursday, December 27, 2012 10:05 AM MST
   After a roughly 132-year slump, a new training program at Northern New Mexico College may help boost the grape-growing and wine-making industries of northern New Mexico.

    Funding for the program came from a partnership with the Viticulture Enology Science and Technology Alliance, or VESTA, which Northern contracted to be its newest partner institution, Dean of Career Technical Education, Community and Workforce Development Camille Bustamante said.



Our wine maker Jesse Padberg was interviewed on this pod cast on 7/14/11, listen & tell us what you think!





Spotlight on a Winery
Vivac Winery, Dixon, NM

The Padberg family is all about wine. Chris and Jesse work the land and make the wine while Michele and Liliana ably handle the wine business end.  And few wineries have grabbed the attention of the wine buying public as fast as Vivac Winery in Dixon, New Mexico. Founded in 1998, the winery has grown in grapes planted and varieties of wines made. Vivac has been praised in USA Today and profiled in a new HGTV website about touring the nation's wineries.

I still remember driving past the signage on highway 68 heading north to Taos and thinking, Gee, I should stop in there sometime. That didn't happen until later while
I was doing research on my first wine book. I discovered I'd been missing one of the gems of northern New Mexico. A self-induced kick in the behind later, I was sampling some of the state's best red wines. They also make very good white wines, but it was the reds that continually draw me back to Vivac.

I recently served the Vivac 2009 Nebbiolo with rack of lamb for  my wife's birthday and again, shamelessly, on Thanksgiving. It went great with the lamb and turkey dark meat. This red wine grape originated in Piedmont, Italy, where it is made into the famous Barolo and Barbaresco wines. The Vivac Nebbiolo wines are part of that great tradition. They are complex, well-balanced with well integrated tannins and aromas that evoke their Piedmont lineage.

I visited Vivac over the Thanksgiving holiday to get more of this wine, and was also enchanted by their new V-series 2009 Syrah, which is blended with 15% Merlot
and 5% Tempranillo and aged in French barriques for 24 months. The wine is more "Old World" than new with the earthy elements, leather and dried herbs one finds
in the northern Rhone Syrah wines. Or to be technical about it: yummy!

I restocked on the V-series 2007 Merlot and added some more of the 2009 Tempranillo and also grabbed some of the 2011 Dolcetto, always a crowd pleaser. Does that answer everyone's question of what I think of Vivac? There are lots more holidays on the horizon and plenty of excuses to open more Vivac wines. I will be, how about you?