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

Wine & Spirits Retail Room
Tuesday 11am – 6pm
Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 8pm

Wine & Spirit Tasting Hours
Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 4pm

Wine Classes – Guided Wine Tasting
Tuesday – Friday 1:00pm
Limited Menu: A meat and cheese plate only available during tasting hours

Wednesday – Saturday 4pm – 8pm
Tapas Menu Available

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, and an occasional breakout of Flamenco dancing.

Our weekend reservations are very popular, so we recommend that you make reservations.

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 winemakers and partners 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 / 25

Vermut Seco 375 ML17

Vermut Dulce9 / 25

Vermut Dulce 375 ML17

Vermut Añejo Dulce11 / 30

Vermut Añejo Dulce 375 ML20


Silverhead Brut Cava, Esp 375 ML14

Silverhead Brut Reserva, Esp10 / 24

Silverhead Brut Rosado, Esp10 / 24


Viura 2019, Esp9 / 21

Albariño 2020, USA13 / 30

Malvasia 2020, ESP13 / 40


Garnacha Rosado 2020, Esp9 / 21


Garnacha 2019, Esp9 / 24

Cariñena 2019, ESP14 / 34

Tempranillo 2020, ESP9 / 24

Garnacha 2019, ESP LOT #032114 / 34

Garnacha Reserva 2018, ESP46

Tinto Especial 2019, USA Club Exclusive57


Dorado 2017, USA 375 ML100


Sangria Tinto 1.75 LITER10 / 50


Wine Cocktails

Silverhead Escape10

Silverhead Brut Reserva Cava, ginger, lime, jalapeño

Silverhead Kir Royal10

Silverhead Brut Reserva Cava, pomegranate, raspberry

Sweet & Seco10

Vermut Dulce, Vermut Seco, orange twist

Wine Flights

includes 2 oz of each wine

Vara Wine Flight #0014

Select any four wines

Vara Wine Flight #0114

Silverhead Brut Reserva Cava

Silverhead Brut Rosado Cava

Garnacha Rosado 2019

Viña Cardinal

Vara Wine Flight #0214

Viura 2019

Garnacha Rosado 2020

Garnacha 2019

Tempranillo 2020

Vara Wine Flight #0314

Garnacha 2019

Cariñena 2019

Tempranillo 2020

Garnacha 2019 LOT #0321


Featured New Mexico Beers7

ON TAP selections vary


SpiritsGlass / Bottle

Fine Alembic Brandy9 / 45
Solera Reserva Lot #0120

Fine Spanish Brandy10 / 50
Solera Reserva Lot #0819

Paso Uno 1 LITER9 / 35
Artisanal Immature Brandy

High Desert Gin10 / 40
High Desert Gin 1 LITER60

Rum Blanco9 / 35
Rum Blanco 1 LITER53

Rum Añejo40 / 38

Taylor Garrett Whiskey11 / 55

Taylor Garrett Rye11 / 55

Taylor Garrett Rum Rye 11 / 55

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

The Devil's Share15

Taylor Garrett Whiskey
Taylor Garrett Rye Whiskey
Taylor Garrett Rum Rye
Taylor Garrett Sherry Cask Finish

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 Parmesan, Thyme



Pan Con Tomate

M'tucci's Ciabatta, Garlic Confit, Tomato



Piquillo Pepper Confit

Goat Cheese, Toasted M'tucci's Bread



Spinach Salad

Chickpeas, Piquillo Peppers, Red Onion, Goat Cheese, Marcona Almonds, Burnt Honey-Orange Vinaigrette



Tapas Board

Rotating Selection of Meat & Cheese, Nuts, Olives, Lavash Crackers






tapas calientes

Papas Bravas

Spicy Fried Potatoes, Chorizo, Garlic Aioli, Rosemary


Add Fried Egg +1


Grilled Asparagus

Orange Romesco, Basil Oil, Crushed Almonds, Shaved Cured Egg Yolk



Chicken Pintxos

Marinated Chicken Thigh Skewers, Pearl Couscous, Red Onion, Bell Pepper, Tzatziki



Flank Steak

Balsamic Marinade, Chimichurri






Vara Paella

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




Crème Brûlée

Sliced Berries



Flourless Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Ganache, Caramel Drizzle, Whipped Cream



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