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Vara is open during normal business hours for dining, pick up orders, and we are shipping any online orders.

You can always enjoy Vara at home. Our spirits, wines and food are available for take-out.

Wine & Spirits Retail Room
Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm

Dining & Take Out
Wednesday – Friday 4pm – 8pm
Saturday 12pm – 8pm

View Our 2021 Holiday Hours

We appreciate your continued support.

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.  



WinesGlass / Bottle


Vermut Seco8 / 20
Vermut Seco 375 ML13
Vermut Dulce8 / 20
Vermut Dulce 375 ML13
Vermut Añejo Dulce10 / 26
Vermut Añejo Dulce 375 ML17


Garnacha 2019 Esp9 / 20
Cariñena 2019 ESP14 / 34
Tempranillo 2019 ESP9 / 20
Monastrell 2018 USA12/ 30
Garnacha Reserva 2018 ESP46


Garnacha Rosado 2019 Esp9 / 20


Silverhead Brut Cava Esp9 / 20
Silverhead Brut Cava Esp 375 ML13
Silverhead Brut Reserva Esp10 / 23
Silverhead Brut Rosado Esp10 / 23


Viura 2019 Esp9 / 20
Albariño 2020 USA12 / 30



Sangria Tinto 1.75 LITER9 / 49


Wine Cocktails

Silverhead Escape9

Silverhead Brut Cava, ginger, lime, jalapeño

Silverhead Kir Royal9

Silverhead Brut Cava, pomegranate, raspberry

Sweet & Seco9

Vermut Dulce, Vermut Seco, orange twist

Vara Spritz10

Vermut Seco, Vermut Dulce, Silverhead Brut Cava, lemon twist

Wine Flights

includes 2 oz of each wine

Vara Wine Flight #0012

Select any four wines

Vara Wine Flight #0112

Silverhead Brut Cava
Silverhead Brut Rosado
Silverhead Brut Reserva Cava
Viña Cardinal – NM

Vara Wine Flight #0212

Viura 2019
Garnacha Rosado 2019
Garnacha 2019 ESP
Tempranillo 2019 ESP

Vara Wine Flight #0312

Garnacha 2019 Esp
Cariñena 2019 ESP
Tempranillo 2019 ESP
Monastrell 2018 USA



Featured New Mexico Beers6

ON TAP selections vary



SpiritsGlass / Bottle

Fine Alembic Brandy8 / 32
Solera Reserva Lot #0120

Fine Spanish Brandy9 / 40
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

Taylor Garrett Whiskey 14 / 72
& Canteen Brewhouse Collaboration


Spirit Flights

includes ½ oz of each spirit

The Angel's Share12

High Desert Gin
Fine Alembic Brandy
Rum Añejo
Taylor Garrett Whiskey

Find Your Own Wings12

Select any four of our spirits to create your own flight



Apple Daiquiri10

Vara Rum Blanco, lime, apple cider syrup

Cucumber Gimlet11

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

Don't Be So Chai12

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

Final Approach11

Taylor Garrett Whiskey, rosemary syrup, lemon, lime

First Class Old Fashioned13

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

Negroni Blanco13

Vara High Desert Gin, Vara Vermut Seco, Vara Vermut Dulce, Vara Orange Liqueur, bitters

Perfect Rye Manhattan13

Taylor Garrett Rye, Vara Vermut Dulce, Vara Vermut Seco, bitters, brandied cherry

The Pink Drink Effect11

Paso Uno, hibiscus and orange syrup, lemon

Stella's Gin Blossom11

Vara High Desert Gin, hibiscus-blood orange syrup, lime juice, soda

Tropical Heat11

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


Vara High Desert Gin, Vara Vermut Seco

Vara Brandy Sidecar12

Vara Spanish Brandy, Vara Orange Liquor, lemon, simple syrup, light rimmer of sugar, cinnamon and cayenne

Spanish 7512

Vara High Desert Gin, lemon, simple syrup, Vara Silverhead Brut Cava


Our Food

Our new Dining Menu offerings are already receiving great reviews. You’ll find our pairing suggestions with each menu item, but by all means, have fun trying out new combinations. If you like the way it tastes, then it’s the right pairing.


tapas frias


Truffle Oil, Sea Salt, Shaved Manchego, Thyme



Jamón Y Chips

House Potato Chips, Jamón Serrano, Citrus Zest




Boquerones, Pickled Pepper, Marinated Olive



Pan Con Tomate

Ciabatta, Garlic, Heirloom Tomato



Braised Beet Salad

Arugula Goat Cheese, Pickled Red Onions, Marcona Almonds, Cava Vinaigrette



Piquillo Pepper Confit

Goat Cheese, Toasted M'tucci's Bread




Raw and Pickled Seasonal Vegetables, Chile Oil, Olive Aioli



Beef Tartare

Certified Angus Filet, Black Garlic Aioli, Capers, Quail Egg, Crisp Lavash



Tapas Platter

Rotating Selection of Meat and Cheese, Marcona Almonds, Pistachios, Olives, Toasted M'tucci's Bread






tapas calientes

Papas Bravas

Spicy Fried Potatoes, Chipotle Aioli, Crisp Chorizo, Rosemary



Citrus Roasted Asparagus

Sea Salt, Chile Oil



Fried Brussels Sprouts

Sherry Vinegar, Salsa Balsamica


Add Chorizo +1


Fried Green Chile Bombas

Bomba Rice, Shrimp, Chorizo, Green Chile Saffron Aioli



Lamb Merguez

Lamb Sausage, Brandy Mustard, Pickled Red Onion




Certified Angus Beef and Pork Meatballs, Manchego Cheese, Spicy Heirloom, Tomato Ragout



Gambas al Ajillo

Marinated Shrimp, Salsa Seca Crunch



Vara Paella

Saffron Bomba Rice, Chicken, Chorizo, Shrimp, Mussels, Clams, Saffron Aioli






leche frita

Fried Milk Custard, Seasonal Berries, Taragon Cream



Chocolate Flan Cake

Ancho Chile, Candied Orange



Tables are reserved for two hours.
At this time we are unable to split checks for parties of six or more. Thank you for your understanding.

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 

reservations recommended