The word "Vivác" is a Spanish term meaning "high-altitude refuge," and Vivác Winery is just that. By choosing only the highest-quality products-from the best NM grapes, the most advanced winemaking equipment & processes, & real corks, to Riedel logo glasses in the tasting rooms-Vivác is a rarity. At every turn the Padbergs treat their wines with the utmost care; hand-harvesting & hand-sorting grapes, & even using a gentle bladder pump & gravity feed so as not to bruise the wines. Only high-quality French oak barriques & stainless steel barrels are used for aging. After bottling, these lightly filtered & fined wines rest for 12 months before they are sold. Every winemaking step is done meticulously by hand. The ever-expanding Estate Vineyards (3) are farmed organically & keep Northern New Mexico focused on agriculture. Each item in the tasting room that represents this boutique winery is one of elegance & refinement. With record-breaking ratings in Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Vivác Winery has earned the title of "Highest Rated Red Wine Producer in New Mexico's History". Sunset Magazine said Vivác is "Notable up and coming winemakers" & "Winery to discover now!". HGTV included Vivác as their "Top 22 Most Beautiful Wineries Across the USA" & USA Today says Vivác wines are "Wines to drink every day". With a commitment to excellence, the Vivác Winery family has pushed the boundaries of what New Mexico wine can be! Located at the corner of Highway 75 (Dixon) and Highway 68 (between Taos and Santa Fe), this 900-square-foot adobe building was built by Jesse and Chris. With vaulted ceilings and a striking flagstone bar, the tasting room offers guests a chance to taste impressive Vivác wines. Guests can shop for wine gifts (corkscrews in every budget, a library of wine education books, wine racks, games, logo shirts, Riedel logo glasses, and much more) and enjoy the famous handmade chocolates, contemporary jewelry, and exquisite art (paintings, photography, and blown glass). The Padbergs' thirst for knowledge is accompanied by a desire to share that information, including an intensive training and testing schedule for staff. Each tasting room attendant is required to not only know about the Vivác wines, but also about the process of growing grapes, winemaking, and general knowledge about wines around the world. This training is in an effort to create a knowledgeable staff ready to help each customer to their fullest. The tasting room is open 7 days a week all year long, with free Wi-Fi and a happy-hour season (from spring through fall) that attracts locals and tourists alike to the live-music Saturdays and drink specials, making it truly a community winery.