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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!


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.  


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

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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


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

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


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

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