Which States Have the Most Underrated Wine Regions?

3. Central New Mexico

Casa Rodena Winery in Albuquerque
Holding grapes at Casa Rodena Winery in Albuquerque. | Jeffrey Greenberg/UIG via Getty Images

The Land of Enchantment is home to some wine-related milestones. In 1629, a Franciscan monk planted grapes along New Mexico’s Rio Grande River and created the first commercial wine region in America. The state was outproducing New York’s vineyards by 1880. Now, New Mexico has nearly 50 wineries within the 150-mile region. Known for red varieties, vineyards like Casa Rodena land on top-10 lists across the country.

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