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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

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 Seco9 / 21
Vermut Seco 375 ML14
Vermut Dulce9 / 21
Vermut Dulce 375 ML14
Vermut Añejo Dulce11 / 27
Vermut Añejo Dulce 375 ML18


Silverhead Brut Cava Esp9 / 21
Silverhead Brut Cava Esp 375 ML14
Silverhead Brut Reserva Esp10 / 24
Silverhead Brut Rosado Esp10 / 24


Viura 2019 Esp9 / 21
Albariño 2020 USA13 / 32
Malvasia 2020 ESP13 / 32


Garnacha Rosado 2020 Esp9 / 21


Garnacha 2019 Esp9 / 21
Cariñena 2019 ESP14 / 34
Tempranillo 2019 ESP9 / 21
Garnacha 2019 ESP LOT #032114 / 34
Garnacha Reserva 2018 ESP46


Dorado 2017 USA100


Sangria Tinto 1.75 LITER10 / 50


Wine Cocktails

Silverhead Escape10

Silverhead Brut Cava, ginger, lime, jalapeño

Silverhead Kir Royal10

Silverhead Brut Cava, pomegranate, raspberry

Sweet & Seco10

Vermut Dulce, Vermut Seco, orange twist

Vara Spritz11

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

Wine Flights

includes 2 oz of each wine

Vara Wine Flight #0014

Select any four wines

Vara Wine Flight #0114

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

Vara Wine Flight #0214

Viura 2019
Garnacha Rosado 2020
Garnacha 2019 ESP
Tempranillo 2019 ESP

Vara Wine Flight #0314

Garnacha 2019 Esp
Cariñena 2019 ESP
Garnacha 2019 ESP LOT #0321
Tempranillo 2019 ESP


Featured New Mexico Beers7

ON TAP selections vary


SpiritsGlass / Bottle

Fine Alembic Brandy9 / 32
Solera Reserva Lot #0120

Fine Spanish Brandy10 / 40
Solera Reserva Lot #0819

Paso Uno 1 LITER9 / 39
Artisanal Immature Brandy

High Desert Gin10 / 36
High Desert Gin 1 LITER45

Rum Blanco9 / 35
Rum Blanco 1 LITER44

Rum Añejo10 / 38

Taylor Garrett Whiskey11 / 53

Taylor Garrett Rye11 / 53

Taylor Garrett Rum Rye 11 / 53

Taylor Garrett Sherry13 / 72
Cask Finish

Spirit Flights

includes ½ oz of each spirit

The Angel's Share14

High Desert Gin
Fine Alembic Brandy
Rum Añejo
Taylor Garrett Whiskey

Find Your Own Wings14

Select any four of our spirits to create your own flight



Tropical Heat12

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

Don't Be So Chai13

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

Perfect Rye Manhattan14

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

Apple Daiquiri11

Vara Rum Blanco, lime, apple cider syrup

First Class Old Fashioned14

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

Cucumber Gimlet12

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


Vara High Desert Gin, Vara Vermut Seco, lemon twist

The Pink Drink Effect12

Paso Uno, hibiscus-blood orange syrup, lemon

Final Approach12

Taylor Garrett Whiskey, rosemary syrup, lemon, lime

Vara Brandy Sidecar13

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

Spanish 7513

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

Negroni Blanco14

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

Winter is Coming14

Taylor Garrett Rye, chai syrup, mole bitters, orange peel and cinnamon stick


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 Wrapped Dates

Ricotta, Balsamic-Black Garlic Reduction, Winter Herbs



Pan Con Tomate

M'tucci's Ciabatta, Garlic Confit, Tomato



Piquillo Pepper Confit

Goat Cheese, Toasted M'tucci's Bread



Baby Red Romaine Salad

Pickled Persimmon, Toasted Marcona Almonds, Goat Cheese, Sherry Vinaigrette



Tapas Platter

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






tapas calientes


Spanish-Style Tomato Soup
Fermented Basil, Garlic Oil, M'tucci's Ciabatta



Papas Bravas

Spicy Fried Potatoes, Crisp Chorizo, Garlic Aioli, Rosemary


Add Fried Egg +1.50


Fried Brussels Sprouts

Sherry Vinegar, Salsa Balsamica


Add Chorizo +1


Fried Green Chile Bombas

Bomba Rice, Shrimp, Chorizo, Green Chile Saffron Aioli



Lamb Merguez Sausage

Brandy Mustard, Chimichurri, Cranberry Mostarda




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



Chicken Empanadas

Poblano Peperonata, Escabeche Salad



Vara Paella

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






Crema Catalana

Blackberry, Mint



Chocolate Tart

Chocolate Whipped Cream, Shaved Chocolate Espresso Beans



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