High Road Artisan + Wine Tasting Tour
High Road Artisan + Wine Tasting Tour | Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, with advanced reservations | $165 per person + tax | May through November
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Meet at Taos’ El Monte Sagrado Resort at 9AM return to the same location at 3:30PM
The “High Road” goes through the Sangre de Cristo mountain range between Taos and Santa Fe traversing awe-inspiring scenery while also providing a glimpse back in time to New Mexico’s Spanish colonial roots.
Starting at El Monte Sagrado Resort, you will travel through the aromas of ponderosa pine, aspen, pinon, and cedar groves as we climb upward into Carson National Forest. At our first stop, Las Trampas, you’ll visit the San Jose de Gracia, a church that has regularly been in use for 225 years and has been declared a National Historic Landmark. This church is one of the most beautiful colonial-era churches in the country.
Next, you’ll wind your way to the village of Ojo Sarco. Housing many artists’ studios who are enthused by the surrounding landscape, you’ll see why successful artists sell their wares in large cities while crafting their art in quiet beautiful mountain remoteness.
The village of Truchas lies on a mesa below the second highest peak in New Mexico and will be our next artist stop. Here, you’ll visit Dr. Rey Montez’ gallery, which is situated in a historic adobe church and whose art reflects his Catholic childhood upbringing in Chimayo, New Mexico. You may be lucky to experience the artist’s lifestyle and rousing setting with a home studio visit, depending on our tour date.
We’ll continue our trip down the geological corridor into the quaint town of Dixon, to Vivac Winery. Enjoy a wine tasting at one of the only 100% New Mexico grown grape vineyards. Complimenting the wine, will be a deliciously paired picnic lunch overlooking the vineyards.
Finally, we’ll follow the scenic Rio Grande Corridor route back into Taos. Finishing up by driving you North along the spectacular “low road” that parallels the Rio Grande River and is the Southernmost end of the Rio Grande Gorge. Gradually, as the road twists up and around, you’ll reach the final bend of state road 68 and hit the expansive Taos Plateau. Yet again, you’ll be astounded to see the Rio Grande Gorge in all her glory. This stunning 50-mile-long and 800-foot-deep tectonic chasm literally appears to have fractured the earth and split her in two, which always makes for an unforgettable passage into Taos.
If you came to Taos to see art and experience the glorious mountain settings, the sensory awakenings of sights and smells, and the abundance of diverse history and peoples, then the Taos Artisan + Wine Tasting tour will stretch your experience further and wider into the remote high-altitude mountains that surround this artistic mecca. Discover the harder to reach artistic inspirations, with this tour.
The Professionals at Vivác Winery have a commitment to excellence & are the Highest Rated Red Wine Producers in New Mexico’s History! Fresh & young, edgy & sophisticated, Vivác offers you something out of the ordinary!
Vivác is the creation of brothers Jesse and Chris Padberg, along with their wives, Michele and Liliana Padberg, respectively. In November of 1998 Jesse and Chris embarked on a new mission “to make the best wine possible and have a good time doing it!” This meant professionally crafted, world-ranked, dry red wines-a first for New Mexico.