Heart of the Desert

Heart of the Desert, Alamogordo: Hours, Address, Heart of the Desert Reviews: 4.5/5

Heart of the Desert
4.5
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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Cloudcroft, NM12 contributions
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Heart of the Desert is part of (or at least sharing a building with) the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce. It is the real OG of Alamogordo pistachio farms, I came to learn from the in-house sommelier; the fun and also recommended Pistachioland came after it.

Heart of the Desert offers a wine flight at an excellent value. You may also bring home a bottle of pistachio wine for a low price. I tried both HotD and Pistochioland's flagship pistachio wines, and HotD complimented the pistachio's length and earthiness far better.

Oh, and did I mention fresh pistachio ice cream? Also at a good price.

Highly recommended for any vacationer or passersby.
Written February 12, 2021
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Thank you for your review! Glad to read you enjoyed the Pistachio Rosé and pistachio ice cream!
Written March 11, 2021
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moretimeforliam
Bayfield, CO2 contributions
We came to Alamogordo, thinking about a pistachio farm tour. We inquired about the tour, which was at 1:30 (on Monday - Friday), and the people at the front desk said it was free. Before the tour, we wanted to try the free samples. We got as many as we wanted, and all of them were tasty! The tour started, and Kendra, our guide showed us a video about the farm. After the video, we started the tour at the sorting facility and went through the steps of how the pistachios are processed, roasted, and packaged. Kendra was very nice, and she helped us understand the life of the pistachios on the tree to the packages you see in stores. I was pleased by the tour, but disappointed that nothing was running. I would recomend doing the Heart of the Desert tour during the summer to fall, when activity is more lively. Wonderful facilities, restrooms, and gift shops, plus samples. My parents liked the wine tasting, and ended up getting two bottles of pistachio wine. We also purchased some salted and roasted, and some garlic and green chile pistachios. I would recomened this to families or couples. Wheelchair and stroller accessible.
Written January 28, 2020
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Great to hear you enjoyed the tour and tastings and were able to take some yummy stuff home with you. Thank you for your review.
Written February 9, 2020
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Kellie
Clayton CA3 contributions
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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MyOpinion111
Alamosa, CO14 contributions
Placed an online order on Dec 7. On Dec 16 they called, talked with my wife, and said they were out of one of the ordered items now is out of stock......took a week for them to even begin to work on my order....we agreed to accept a substitute item, thinking it would be shipped at that time. Today, Dec 17, I called to ask the status of the order. Was told it should be processed and mailed in the next day or 2. Although, it's a busy season during this pandemic year, taking 2 weeks to process and mail an order is not acceptable, especially when their website indicated the order would arrive in 3 or 4 days. Please update your website so customers are aware of your long delays.
Written December 17, 2020
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We are so sorry you had this experience. We understand your frustration. This is definitely not how we normally function. Between product shortages, staffing challenges, increased online orders and shipping delays all caused by the pandemic, the holiday season was very chaotic at Heart of the Desert. We do hope the order was received in good order and you enjoyed the products purchased.
Written January 9, 2021
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BHUANG69
New Providence, NJ1,248 contributions
This is the first time I see pistachio trees. The place has a farm in the back of their building, which also has a nice patio-like environment to chill out. The staff told us that we could taste wine and have samples of pistachios. We had a few pistachios and they were delicious. I ended up buying lots of souvenir here. Great way to do a business, kudos!
Written August 13, 2021
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Thank you for your review! Thanks for spending some time with us and taking home some souvenirs!
Written September 6, 2021
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Nancy H
Denver, CO20 contributions
I stopped by this excellent place just because it was open and it said they had wine tastings. I ended up buying wine and signing up for the pistachio tour the following day. It is family owned. The tour was informative and family friendly. Their patio is amazing. I would love to go back for an event.
Written March 27, 2022
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We hope to see you at a Wine Down Wednesday! Thanks for coming in!
Written April 9, 2022
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Eva D
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What a great place! Highly recommend this pistachio farm and winery. The staff was so friendly and helpful. Loved the tour, we learned so much - April was great! The nuts have so much flavor and the wine is incredible!
Written March 17, 2022
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Thank you for your comments! Glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written April 9, 2022
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Jen
8 contributions
We were here during Covid, so the tour’s weren’t available. However, we were shown a video, then Kelly (I think that was her name) took us out to the patio and told us more about the family, the growing, harvesting etc. It was our own personal tour. Everyone was wearing a mask. They have an extensive gift shop, selling their pistachios and wine, with a good selection of other items as well. We were thrilled with the customer service.
Written October 10, 2020
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Thank you for your lovely review. Thanks for stopping in. So glad to hear you received excellent customer service. We always strive for that!
Written November 6, 2020
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MissMem
Memphis, TN1,160 contributions
What a fun experience! We had a really nice wine tasting experience and especially liked their Pistachio Rose. We did not have a formal tour of the pistachio plantation, but we did walk out to the patio and viewed the trees close up. It was very interesting to see how they grow.
In addition to the wine tasting we had a pistachio tasting. Many flavored varieties were offered.
They also have a really nice gift shop. We have really enjoyed the wines and pistachios we purchased.
Written July 10, 2021
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We are so glad you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for your kind words.
Written August 6, 2021
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Papa Ronchik
Cedar Park, TX1 contribution
Family
A real treat to visit. No masks required. For us, a nice break from outdoor activities in hot NM sun. Our tour was led by April, she was very knowledgeable and friendly. We learned about the fascinating processes required to make delicious pistachio treats. We were talking about it later in the day. Samples of chocolate, pistachio, ice cream and wine. All products were very high quality and fair price. You cannot go wrong. The most friendly customer service, very helpful. We love pistachios and wine, so yes we made some purchases. Veteran owned and generous veteran discount on purchases. I am always appreciative of businesses that extend veteran discount. Thank you for making our first must see stop in Alamogordo a great experience.
Written June 16, 2021
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Thank you for all of your kind words!
Written July 8, 2021
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Heart of the Desert is open:
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