Heart of the Desert
Wineries & Vineyards • Farms
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Heart of the Desert is a working pistachio ranch and vineyard with four retail establishments in New Mexico. We are best known for our farm fresh pistachios and Award-Winning New Mexico wines. Each store offers wine and pistachio tastings. We offer worldwide shipping and produce attractive gourmet baskets that make great corporate and family gifts. Visit the Largest Heart in the World! Heart of the Desert’s trademark heart welcomes you to the ranch, standing 26’ tall and 20’ wide at the main store in Alamogordo. Free farm tours are offered that showcase how pistachios are grown and processed as well as a stunning Tuscany themed patio that overlooks the groves and is available for private parties or enjoying a relaxing glass of wine. Free Tours Daily June - August: Monday through Friday, twice a day at 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM. September - May: Monday through Friday at 1:30 PM. Groups: We are happy to accommodate groups of 10 or more by appointment. Buses Welcome!
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DustyBuck
Tucson, AZ134 contributions
Oct 2022
We didn't have time for a tour, but loved the wine tasting and samples of pistachios and popcorn. The staff was super friendly and helpful. I couldn't decide between the wines I tasted because they all tasted great! Definitely worth a stop.
Written November 7, 2022
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Jill B
Box Elder, SD131 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
You will NOT be disappointed! We were warmly welcomed as soon as we stepped foot inside. We were given the layout of the store… & were welcomed & felt like, we were able to stay as long as we’d like. Enjoyed our tour about pistachios & their business. We enjoyed chatting with them as we enjoyed our samples of oils, vinegars, chocolates & of course the wine tasting. We had such a great welcoming vibe from this place.
After, I’ll admit, we went over to the competitors to see & experience more on pistachios here in Alamogordo. We did not get much of a warm welcome, just a hello from workers & it was so commercialized. We left shortly after. We then returned to Heart of the Desert & we were proud to spend our money here instead! It felt nice to support this cosy private business. They made us dedicated customers who will forever speak highly of this place & support it when we can.
Thank you for the beautiful experience.
Written November 6, 2022
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wecanoe
Wausau, WI251 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
We had a lovely experience here. We had fun sampling pistachios, chocolates, and wine. We enjoyed a bottle of wine on the patio, which was absolutely delightful on a warm day in November. Service was fantastic and friendly. It was a great spot to pick up some gifts to take home. Loved this place!
Written November 2, 2022
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Matt
Nashville, TN297 contributions
Oct 2022
All I really wanted to do was get back to Albuquerque since it was getting late, but I decided to stop at this place to hopefully get a better understanding of all the pistachio propaganda you run into as you travel around the area.

Now I learned so much just by stopping here about pistachios, the agricultural impact on the area, and of course the different pistachio blends available. I would highly recommend stopping here, speaking with the staff, and sampling all that you can.

And of course make a purchase, nothing gets more 'Made in USA' than the pistachios you will find at this location. Stopping here also helped with our Christmas shopping...we decided to get all the men in our family this year bags of the Red Chile & Lime Pistachios.

Enjoy!
Written October 30, 2022
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Thank you so much for stopping in and for the great review. We love that you did your holiday shopping while you were there!!!
Written November 8, 2022
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DutchLace
Holland, MI657 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
What a great find. Enjoyed the wine tasting and learning about the area. Vinegars, oils, and other edibles were found, as well as unique items. Nice place to sit outside and enjoy the wine and the scenery. Staff was incredibly helpful and made the experience even more enjoyable.
Written October 3, 2022
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Thank you for the great review! We are glad you enjoyed your experience!
Written November 8, 2022
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Don S
Lubbock, TX25 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
We tasted wine, candy,olive oil and some vinegar. All of it was just fantastic. Our hosts were very accommodating and gave us some great recommendations!!
Written July 12, 2022
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Great to hear that you had a good stop. Thanks for sharing your experience.
Written August 4, 2022
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Dinita Heitz
6 contributions
Jun 2022
I bought olive oil and vinegar from here. They have samples and you can taste all of them. They also have a cute section of gifts as well.
Written July 2, 2022
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Thanks for stopping in and taking the time to leave a review!
Written August 4, 2022
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Danny G
2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We visited the wine tasting room and then came back for the free tour. Lisa and Michaela were our guides. Both were very knowledgeable, answering our many questions about the pistachio orchard and processing facility. It may not sound that exciting, but it was really interesting to hear the history and learn the process the nuts go through.
Written June 13, 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Glad you enjoyed the tour.
Written July 9, 2022
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Sweetpea
Windsor, CO3 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
The best tour ever! Delicious wines, nuts, ice cream, chocolates, etc. loved it & want to come again!!🥰💕
Written May 10, 2022
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We are so glad you enjoyed it!!! We hope you do make it back!
Written June 5, 2022
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Kellie
Clayton CA3 contributions
Apr 2022
This is not the kind of thing we tend to do, but decided we wanted an excuse to stop by Alamogordo after visiting White Sands NM, and took the tour at Heart of the Desert Pistachios. It really was a delight. April was our guide and she was articulate, friendly and very, very knowledgeable. And she encouraged us to ask any questions at every stop. How the family built this farm from literally nothing over the past 4 plus decades is inspiring, and the tour is free. I guarantee you will learn something about pistachios, and this group of dedicated people who work together to craft a delicious product. Hopefully you are lucky enough to have April as your guide.
Written April 27, 2022
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Thanks for stopping in and for sharing your experience here. We will share your comments with April. We are glad to read you had a good visit!
Written May 8, 2022
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Heart of the Desert (Alamogordo) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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Heart of the Desert is open:
  • Sun - Sun 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM