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“Authentic Italian in the HIgh Dessert of NM” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Luna Rossa Winery

Luna Rossa Winery
3710 W Pine St, Deming, NM 88030
(575) 544-1160
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Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Deming
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New Mexico
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“Authentic Italian in the HIgh Dessert of NM”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

Delicious food, good wine, authentic Italian ingredients. Great place for lunch or dinner. Very welcoming atmosphere.

Visited June 2012
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“Good little winery - free tasting - nice tasting room”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

We love to sample local wines when traveling. We had Luna Rossa on our destination list during a drive through New Mexico because it was intriguing that this Italian born winemaker was bottling many Italian varietals, along with others, from all New Mexico grown grapes including many grown right there on his own 32 acre vineyard.

Our only disappointment of the visit is that the winemaker, Paolo d'Andrea who with his wife Sylvia owns the winery they founded in 2001 was away visiting his home and we didn't get to meet him. But the young man, Sam, holding down the fort in the tasting room did a great job of introducing us to Luna Rossa's wine.

Wine tasting here is free, with small free pours of anything bottled. We left with six wines, including Dolcetto, Nini (a blend of several Italian varietals), Shiraz, Conquistador (their port), a white blend called Symphony and Chenin Blanc.

It's fun to know something about the winemakers and we learned Paolo grew up in the Friuli region of Italy in a family with multi generation experience in winemaking and he has a degree in viticulture from an Italian college. His adventure in the US began in the mid 1980's when he was working for a big winemaking company in New Mexico to instruct the vineyard workers on pruning technique. Loving the area, he and his wife Sylvia began to lay the groundwork for what would become Luna Rossa in 2001.

The love Paolo and Sylvia have for their work and pride in their product comes through in the bottle and in the wine tasting facility too. We recommend a visit to Luna Rossa.

ACCESSIBILITY PS - for wine tasters who roll, worth noting that the winery has accessible parking in front, is level in and throughout, has accessible bathrooms - the only hitch in the giddeyup is lack of accessible height seating at the tasting bar.

GOOD FOOD PS - As side note, Sam also told us that Luna Rossa has a restaurant serving delicious food in nearby Las Cruces. We didn't know that in advance of this trip or we would have selected that as a dining location on an overnight in Las Cruces a couple of weeks prior. Passing that tidbit along so other travelers don't miss it.

Visited January 2012
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“A Great Stop and free tastings!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

Coming from Texas and from visiting many wineries in Napa Valley I was expecting to pay for a tasting, but ....to my surprise there was no tasting fee.

The wines are very good too. I bought a few bottles of the Shiraz. They are reasonably priced and can ship to a few states.

Don't expect ultra high quality, but for the pirce it's tough to beat. I'll stop again if in the area.

Visited December 2011
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“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

The wine was fantastic! I really feel like this Italian hasnt been discovered yet in NM!

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“Open ... pour ... taste ... WOW .......... repeat!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2011

After our third visit to Luna Rossa Winery we decided it was a pity it has not been mentioned on TripAdvisor and we are honored to be the first delighted reviewers.
Paolo and Sylvia, the owners, are the most hospitable hosts. Paolo, a true Italian 100% original viticulturist and winemaker is a walking encyclopedia on anything that has to do with grapes and wine. He introduced many Italian grapes to the Southwest and his vast variety and high quality of wines exceeded our expectations. We are wine enthusiasts and we have traveled Europe and United States. In our effort to always try to experience local wines our discovery of Luna Rossa Winery seemed like we struck gold. The prove might be the gold, silver and bronze numerous International award winning medals from various wine competitions.
The Luna Rossa Winery is very conveniently located just South of International HWY I-10 - exit 81 in Deming, New Mexico.
It is well worth your stop!
Enjoy the wines.
Cheers!

Visited May 2011
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