Make no mistake about it; our ultimate goal here at the Mauger Estate is to provide the utmost relaxation. If you’re lying in your room all day watching the History Channel then we’ve done our job. However, we also love the city that we live in, and we love sharing everything that she offers … a lot of it lining the streets surrounding us. So, if you choose one of our cozy beds and the History Channel we will not judge. If you choose to get outside, allow us to share one of our packages, and true gems of Albuquerque with you … our Wine Country Package enjoyed at Casa Rondena Winery.

Right before Thanksgiving I took a bike ride out to Casa Rondena (stopping at some breweries on the way, but that’s a later blog) with some friends. Simply put, and unjustly stated, this ride took me out of Albuquerque while reminding me of how magical she is all at once. Trees draped in Autumn, hot air balloons ascending, fields of wild geese, farm houses of past decades … I know what you’re thinking, and yes I speak of Albuquerque, New Mexico (Los Ranchos de Albuquerque to be exact.)

At 4:35 p.m. we made that turn into Casa Rondena. Right as the sun filled her vineyards and kissed her faces. (Warning! Please remember that you are in the middle of the road and need to pull off to the side before taking pictures.) I have yet to visit Casa Rondena in the warm months, and I imagine the beauty of robust vines, but the golden fields of vineyard leaf-fall warmed me to the core in that crisp Autumn air.

Owner and award winning vintner John Calvin resided in Spain for some time, and lucky for us he brought part of her back with him! The Spanish architecture permeates inside, welcoming you into a tasting room haloed by wood beams and walls shelved with wine bottles. Being that two of the four of us had never visited Casa Rondena, we were offered the wine tasting, and being that we rode 20 miles and still had a slight chill in our bones we kindly declined and went straight for full glasses.

We continued to brave the crisp air and headed out to the patio; me with my glass of Meritage and the other three with their glasses of 1629 (both highly awarded wines.) No disappointment here as we watched the Sun go down over the pond, closing out the day.

Casa Rondena Winery was just awarded 2014 Best Of Albuquerque’s Best Local Winery, Best Vintner (for the 4th year), and The Best Local Secret for it’s 1629 Club. And Albuquerque is ranked one of the Top 50 U.S. Cities to bike in. Regardless of how you choose to get there though, Casa Rondena Winery is worth the visit!

Our Wine Country Package is an additional $39 per couple and includes a picnic basket loaded with fruit, cheese, and other snacks, an Albuquerque wine country map and info pack, and wine tasting at Casa Rondena Winery. If you choose to bike and/or use public transportation please let us know and we can help you with routes and bike rentals.

Written and photographed by Carrie, Innkeeper
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