Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Winemaking Has Deep Roots in N.M.

Byline: Donna Redman For the Journal

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Wine came to New Mexico with the first Spanish settlers 400 years ago.

Winemaking started becoming part of New Mexico's history and tradition shortly after that.

On Sunday, Henry Jaramillo talked about New Mexico's winemaking tradition at the Harvey House Museum.

He and his wife, Elsie, grow 2,000 grape vines on 4 1/2 acres near Belen. A banker by trade he and Tibo Chavez founded the Ranchers Banks in 1960, and Jaramillo has been bank president for the past 38 years Jaramillo said winemaking is his hobby.

"It's the most fascinating, the most romantic, the most intriguing thing a person can do," he said. …

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