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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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
VIÑA CARDINAL – NM12 / 32
Garnacha Reserva 2018 ESP16 / 46
Garnacha Rosado 2018 Esp9 / 20
Silverhead Brut Cava Esp9 / 20
Viura 2019 Esp9 / 20
Sangria Tinto 1.75 LITER12 / 32
Silverhead Brut Cava, Ginger, Lime, Jalapeño
Silverhead Kir Royal9
Silverhead Brut Cava, Pomegranate, Raspberry
Sweet & Seco9
Half Vermut Dulce, Half Vermut Seco on the rocks with an orange twist
Vermut Seco, Vermut Dulce, Silverhead Brut Cava, Lemon
1.5 oz of each wine
Vara Wine Flight #0012
Select any four wines
Vara Wine Flight #0112
Silverhead Brut Cava
Vara Wine Flight #0212
Vara Wine Flight #0312
Garnacha Tinto 2018 Esp
Featured New Mexico Beers6
ON TAP selections vary
SpiritsGlass / Bottle
Fine Alembic Brandy12 / 32
Fine Spanish Brandy9 / 40
Paso Uno 1 LITER8 / 39
High Desert Gin9 / 36
Rum Blanco8 / 35
Rum Añejo9 / 38
Taylor Garrett Whiskey10 / 53
Taylor Garrett Rye10 / 53
Taylor Garrett Whiskey 14 / 72
1.5 oz of each spirit
Find Your Own Wings12
Select any four of our spirits to create your own flight
The Angel's Share12
High Desert Gin
Vara Rum Blanco, lime, apple cider syrup
Vara High Desert Gin, cucumber, lime juice, simple syrup, soda
Don't Be So Chai12
Vara Rum Añejo, Chai syrup, lemon juice, mole bitters
Taylor Garrett Whiskey, rosemary syrup, lemon, lime
First Class Old Fashioned13
Taylor Garrett Whiskey, bitters, orange bitters, syrup, brandied cherry
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
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
Vara High Desert Gin, lemon, simple syrup, Vara Silverhead Brut Cava
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 Bread
Raw and Pickled Seasonal Vegetables, Chile Oil, Olive Aioli
Certified Angus Filet, Black Garlic Aioli, Capers, Quail Egg, Crisp Lavash
Rotating Selection of Meat and Cheese, Marcona Almonds, Pistachios, Olives, Toasted Bread
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
"Arroz" Con Pollo
Chicken Pinxtos, Herb Couscous, Saffron-Tomato Fonduta
Fried Green Chile Bombas
Bomba Rice, Shrimp, Chorizo, Green Chile Saffron Aioli
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
Saffron Bomba Rice, Chicken, Chorizo, Shrimp, Mussels, Clams, Saffron Aioli
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
VARA WINERY & DISTILLERY
315 Alameda Blvd. NE. Albuquerque, NM 87113