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 email@example.com 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 ➐
VIVÁC IS IN NATIONAL NEWS!
With wines from across the country & every wine making region to choose from, one of Vivác's wines made the select list of 7!
" 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 @ Examiner.com, Co-host Bold Foods with Bold Wines (Blogtalkradio.com), Author: Wines of Enchantment: A Guide to Finding and Enjoying the Wines of New Mexico.
"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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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
By Louis McGill
SUN Staff Writer
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.
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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?