Taos Winter Wine Festival Returns to Taos Ski Valley

Remember to Stop and Smell the Rosé

Each January for over three decades, wine enthusiasts, winemakers, and culinary masters have gathered in Taos Ski Valley for a long weekend in the mountains. Taos Winter Wine Festival is a highly-anticipated event, where everyone has the opportunity to delight in fine wines and savor special wine dinner menus crafted to complement select wines and champagnes at local restaurants. There are multiple tasting events and wine seminars, plus skiing the legendary powder at Taos Ski Valley Resort! This year’s event takes place January 30 – February 1, 2020.
Glass of white wine at Taos Winter Wine Festival
The ability to mingle with others who are passionate about wine and food while surrounded by the majestic beauty of Taos in her winter finest is a memorable experience – first-time visitors often become return guests, to experience the seasonal magic. Each year, over 40 wineries, both national and local, bring their wines and champagnes to be experienced in multiple tastings, ski luncheons, and fantastic wine seminars, where you can learn and taste!  Twnety-four local restaurants will be serving specially created wine dinners.

Tickets to all events are à la carte, allowing you to choose the specific activities that fit your palate preference and schedule. After all, you will be at the foot of Taos Ski Valley Resort, where Kachina Peak stands high above the Sangre de Cristo mountain range at 12,481 feet. This icon of snow sports shows every level of skier and boarder a great time – a delicious side to enjoy with the many varieties of grapes being served!

If you don’t have appropriate gear, we have five specialty ski shops with highly-trained ski technicians to help you buy or rent equipment at the foot of the mountain and can outfit you with anything that you need for your desired excursion. Adults needing to refresh skills or having a desire to learn how to ski can check out Ernie Blake’s Snowsports School, while kids ages 3-14 can head to the Rio Hondo Learning Center for lessons and/or daycare. Not skiing this year? You’ll find plenty to do between events, browsing the shops of Taos Ski Valley – be sure to leave room in your luggage to bring home something soft and warm from Andean Software

If complete relaxation is your goal, book some pampering at any of the fine spas in Taos Ski Valley & Taos. The Blake Spa & Wellness CenterAlpine Village Suites Spa Services, Edelweiss Spa, or the Living Spa at El Monte Sagrado.

Wine dinners with special wine pairings will take place Wednesday, January 29th – Saturday, February 1st at multiple fine dining locations in Taos Ski Valley & Taos.

There are three tasting events prior to the Grand Tasting. The Thursday opening tasting is Champagne Jean Vesselle & Caviar at the Sagebrush Inn & Suites. On Thursday evening is the Taste of Taos & Reserve Tasting at Sagebrush Inn in Taos, which includes a silent auction that benefits the Taos High School Culinary program. It’s a new venue for this popular event, with live music by Jackson Price & Big Swing Theory. There’s more space to mingle, more wineries, and ample parking. Friday brings an Après-Ski Tasting with a dozen participating wineries for a walk-around tasting in the Martini Tree at Taos Ski Valley with canapes from 192 at the Blake, Rhoda’s and The Bavarian.

The 2020 Grand Tasting will held at the award winning, four-diamond El Monte Sagrado Resort and Spa - featuring more than 150 different wines from 30 participating wineries and tastes from a dozen of Taos Ski Valley & Taos' finest restaurants. You’ll be able to meet the vintners and taste wines with 30 of the world’s top winemakers & importers.

Sunday, join 192 at the Blake's Executive Chef, Hamilton Cadwell, who will pair four successive plates with four certified organic Cavas from Miquel Pons presented by Ali Hill from Wine Bridge Imports.

See a full schedule of events.

For lodging packages, look no further than The Blake or Sagebrush Inn & Suites (call for special rates) or send a Trip Inquiry directly to the Taos Ski Valley Chamber and we will find the perfect place for your stay!