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OUR WINES OUR FOOD

During COVID lockdown, please enjoy Vara at home, our wine, spirits and food are available for take-out. We appreciate your continued support. Drink great wine and spirits, and enjoy delicious food!

At Vara, we invite you to join the passion. Our setting is an eclectic mix of winery, distillery, Taberna, retail shop, and events venue. The atmosphere is unique and diverse with an industrial chic feeling inside and a spacious patio outside to watch the awe-inspiring sunsets.

Our tasting room provides wine, beer, and spirits tastings, and a host of delicious cocktails, along with hot and cold tapas service, live music, and an occasional breakout of Flamenco dancing.

Our weekly events are very popular, so we recommend that you make reservations, and remember that under current social distancing rules we cannot accommodate groups larger than 6 at a table.

We’re also available by appointment for wine tastings and special events. Call 505.898.6280 or email us at info@varawines.com.

Vara lets you choose your own experience with a full complement of possibilities. Come visit us. We are certain you will be back for more. Join the passion and live it!

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Our Wines

We produce wines from Spanish grape varietals grown in Spain and various American vineyards including right here in New Mexico. 

Under the direction of our winemaking team, Bob and Louisa Lindquist, we acquire fruit from the highest quality growers of Spanish grape varieties in the U.S. The harvested fruit is brought to our New Mexico facility where the wines are made and aged in individual lots until Bob and Louisa assemble the final cuvees.

Vara co-founders Doug Diefenthaler and Xavier Zamarripa regularly travel to Spain and are committed to growing or locating the best fruit for our Spanish wines and cava. We are very fortunate to have agreements for grape production and wine making with the best grape growers and producers in Spain. 

With a salute to their Spanish heritage, Vara’s wines are simply put — remarkable.  

WINES & SPIRITS
AVAILABLE DAILY

    • Wines

      Glass / Bottle

    • Apertif

      VIÑA CARDINAL – NM 12 / 32
      VERMUT SECO 8 / 20
      VERMUT SECO 375 ML13
      VERMUT DULCE 8 / 20
      VERMUT DULCE 375 ML13

    • Red

      GARNACHA 2018 ESP8 / 18
      MONASTRELL 2018 USA12 / 30

      TEMPRANILLO 2018 ESP8 / 18
      TEMPRANILLO 2018 USA13 / 32

    • Rosado

      GARNACHA ROSADO 2018 ESP8 / 17

    • Sparkling

      SILVERHEAD BRUT CAVA ESP9 / 20
      SILVERHEAD BRUT CAVA ESP 375 ML13
      SILVERHEAD BRUT RESERVA ESP10 / 23
      SILVERHEAD BRUT ROSADO ESP10 / 23

    • White

      VIURA 2019 ESP8 / 17
      ALBARIÑO 2018 USASOLD OUT

    • Sangria

    • Sangria

      SANGRIA TINTO 1.5 LITERS9 / 49

    • Wine Cocktails

    • Silverhead Escape

      9

      Silverhead Brut Cava, Ginger, Lime, Jalapeńo

    • Silverhead Kir Royal

      9

      Silverhead Brut Cava, Pomegranate, Raspberry

    • Sweet & Seco

      9

      Half Vermut Dulce, Half Vermut Seco on the rocks with an orange twist.

    • Wine Flights

      1.5 oz of each wine

    • Vara Wine Flight #00

      12

      Select any four wines

    • Vara Wine Flight #01

      12

      SILVERHEAD BRUT CAVA
      SILVERHEAD BRUT ROSADO CAVA
      SILVERHEAD BRUT RESERVA CAVA
      VIÑA CARDINAL – NM

    • Vara Wine Flight #02

      12

      VIURA 2018
      GARNACHA ROSADO 2018
      GARNACHA TINTO 2018 ESP
      TEMPRANILLO 2018 ESP

    • Vara Wine Flight #03

      12

      GARNACHA TINTO 2018 ESP
      MONASTRELL 2018 USA
      TEMPRANILLO 2018 ESP
      TEMPRANILLO 2017 USA

    • Beers

    • Featured New Mexico Beers

      6

      ON TAP selections vary

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Flights
AVAILABLE DAILY


    • Spirits

    • FINE ALEMBIC BRANDY8 / 32
      Solera Reserva Lot #0120

      FINE SPANISH BRANDY9 / 39
      Solera Reserva Lot #0819

      PASO UNO 1 LITER8 / 39

      Artisanal Immature Brandy

      HIGH DESERT GIN9 / 36

      HIGH DESERT GIN 1 LITER45

      RUM BLANCO8 / 35

      RUM BLANCO 1 LITER44

       

      RUM AÑEJO9 / 38

      TAYLOR GARRETT WHISKEY10 / 53

      TAYLOR GARRETT RYE10 / 53

    • Spirit Flights

      1/2 oz of each spirit

    • Find Your Own Wings

      12

      Select any four of our spirits to create your own flight

    • The Angel's Share

      12

      HIGH DESERT GIN
      FINE ALEMBIC BRANDY
      RUM AÑEJO
      TAYLOR GARRETT WHISKEY

    • Cocktails

    • Apple Daiquiri

      10

      Vara Rum Blanco, lime, apple cider syrup

    • Cucumber Gimlet

      11

      Vara High Desert Gin, cucumber, lime juice, simple syrup, soda

    • Don't Be So Chai

      12

      Vara Rum Añejo, Chai syrup, lemon juice, mole bitters

    • Final Approach

      11

      Taylor Garrett Whiskey, rosemary syrup, lemon, lime

    • First Class Old Fashioned

      13

      Taylor Garrett Whiskey, bitters, orange bitters, syrup, brandied cherry

    • Pumpkin Old Fashioned

      13

      Taylor Garrett Rye, pumpkin spice simple syrup, mole bitters

    • Spanish 77

      12

      Vara Spanish Brandy, lemon, simple syrup, Vara Silverhead Brut Cava

    • The Pink Drink Effect

      11

      Paso Uno, hibiscus and orange syrup, lemon

    • Tropical Heat

      11

      Serrano infused Vara Rum Blanco, pineapple, lime, simple syrup, bitters

    • Vara-tini

      12

      Vara High Desert Gin, Vara Vermut Seco

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PRESENTATIONS
BY RESERVATION • 11AM–4PM



    • Vara Presentations

      2 oz of each wine

    • SILVERHEAD BRUT CAVA
      VIURA 2018
      GARNACHA ROSADO 2018
      GARNACHA TINTO 2018
      TEMPRANILLO ESP 2018
      TEMPRANILLO USA 2017

    • Presentation A

      22

      Presentation of the six wines

      Bread Sticks

    • Presentation B

      32

      Presentation of the six wines

      Personal Tapas Board
      Spanish chorizo, manchego, olives, marcona almonds, pistachios and bread

    • Presentation C

      38

      Presentation of the six wines

      Pan con Tomate
      Toasted bread with tomato pulp, garlic and olive oil

      Chicken Pintxos
      Garlic sherry chicken skewers with salsa criolla

      50/50 Meatballs
      Lone Mountain Wagyu beef, pork in sherry cream sauce

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RECEIVE 50% OFF

the price of your Presentation with the purchase of a bottle of wine.

Our Food

Come and enjoy some of the best hot and cold tapas in the Southwest. From refreshing gazpacho to fan-favorite papa bravas and our Ceviche Mixto to Chicken Pintxo, we know you’ll want to try every dish and return for more!

 

Vara TO GO

 

    • To Go Menu

    • Arugula Salad

      Roasted beets, pickled red onion, feta cheese, pistachios, and citrus-saffron vinaigrette
      8
      pair with 2018 Garnacha Rosado ESP

    • Braised Short Ribs

      Butternut squash purée, pickled mustard greens, pepitas, mustardo, and Vara demi-glace
      26
      Substitute glazed heirloom carrots with feta cheese for a vegetarian option
      18
      pair with 2018 Tempranillo USA

    • Crispy Pork Belly

      Roasted Brussels sprouts, grilled apple, garlic mushroom caldo
      24
      pair with 2018 Monastrell ESP

    • Roasted Chicken

      Piquillo peppers, caramelized onion, herb roasted potatoes, and sherry cream sauce
      26
      pair with 2018 Viura ESP

    • Tapas Platter

      Artisanal meats and cheese, Marcona almonds and pistachios, olives, toasted breads
      15
      pair with 2018 Garnacha or 2018 Tempranillo ESP

    • Vara Paella

      Saffron bombs rice, chicken, chorizo, shrimp, mussels, clams, and saffron aioli
      35 2 – 4 Servings
      pair with 2018 Garnacha Rosado ESP

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Consuming raw or undercooked meets, poultry, seafood, shellfish, eggs or unpasteurized milk may increase your risk of food borne illness

VARA WINERY & DISTILLERY
315 Alameda Blvd. NE.  Albuquerque, NM 87113  505.898.6280

Call 505.898.6280 with your order and we’ll safely pack up your beverage selections and food for pick up curbside.
Pick up your order between 4pm – 8pm daily. Please call when you arrive.

 

Vara Dinner

 

    • Dinner - C1

    • Arugula Salad

      Arugula with strawberries, feta cheese, saffron vinaigrette and toasted sesame seeds
      7

    • Boquerone Toast

      Marinated white anchovies on toast points with charred asparagus and piquillo peppers
      6

    • Chicken Pintxos

      Garlic sherry chicken skewers with salsa criolla
      5

    • Pan Con Tomate

      Toasted bread with tomato pulp, garlic and olive oil
      5

    • Papas Bravas

      Spicy Yukon Gold fried potatoes with smokey tomato aioli
      5

    • Tomato Gazpacho

      Topped with boquerones
      5

    • Dinner - C2

    • 50/50 Meatballs

      Lone Mountain Wagyu beef, pork in sherry cream sauce
      9

    • Beef Tartare

      On toasted brioche, with miso, Calabrian chile, chorizo and furikaka
      8

    • Ceviche

      Spice rubbed seared Hamachi with charred broccolini, watermelon, Calabrian chile and garum
      14

    • Grilled Sausage

      Lone Mountain Wagyu beef sausage, pickled green beans, mustardo, sherry aioli
      11

    • Paella De Mar y Montaña

      Saffron bomba rice with chicken, chorizo, shrimp, clams and mussels with saffron aioli
      Serves 2 to 4 — allow 55 minutes
      35

    • Tapas Platter

      Spanish chorizo, manchego, olives, marcona almonds, pistachios & toasted bread
      15

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Consuming raw or undercooked meets, poultry, seafood, shellfish, eggs or unpasteurized milk may increase your risk of food borne illness