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OUR WINES OUR 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 retail room is open 11am to 9pm Tuesday through Saturday. Make your reservation for tastings or wine presentations on the patio or join us for dinner from our tapas menu in the evenings.

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.Vara dining is available Tuesday-Friday 4pm-10pm and Saturdays 11am-10pm. Reservations are highly recommended.

Stop by and celebrate and unwind with “$2 Off All Drinks Happy Hour” and $2 off our Tapas Platter every Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-6pm. By popular demand EVERY night is Paella Night- a house favorite made to order for you and your friends!

Of course, if you prefer to enjoy Vara at home, our wine, spirits and food are available for take-out during our normal service hours. Please call ahead for food orders to go or stop by our retail room to pick up your favorite bottle!

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 youwill 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.  

WINES & SPIRITS
AVAILABLE DAILY

    • Wines

      Glass / Bottle

    • Apertif

      VIÑA CARDINAL - NM 12 / 32

    • Red

      TINTO ESPECIAL TEMPRANILLO LOT #01412 / 29
      TEMPRANILLO 2017 USA12 / 30

      GARNACHA 2018 ESP8 / 18
      TEMPRANILLO 2018 ESP8 / 18

    • Rosado

      GARNACHA ROSADO 2018 ESP8 / 17

    • Sparkling

      SILVERHEAD BRUT CAVA ESP8 / 18
      SILVERHEAD BRUT CAVA ESP 375 ML13
      SILVERHEAD BRUT RESERVA ESP10 / 23
      SILVERHEAD BRUT ROSADO ESP10 / 23

    • White

      VIURA 2019 ESP8 / 17
      ALBARIÑO 2018 USA11 / 27

    • Sangria

    • Sangria

      SANGRIA TINTO 1.5 LITERS9 / 49

    • Spirits

    • FINE ALEMBIC BRANDY8 / 32
      Solera Reserva Lot #0120

      FINE SPANISH BRANDY9 / 39

      PASO UNO 1 LITER8 / 39

      Artisanal Immature Brandy

      TAYLOR GARRETT WHISKEY10 / 53

    • Cocktails

    • Final Approach

      11

      TG Whiskey, rosemary syrup, lemon, lime

    • First Class Old Fashioned

      13

      TG Whiskey, bitters, orange bitters, syrup, brandied cherry

    • Mile High Molly

      11

      TG Whiskey, apple cider syrup, lemon, bitters

    • Silverhead Escape

      9

      Silverhead Brut Cava, ginger, lime, jalapeńo

    • Silverhead Kir Royal

      9

      Silverhead Brut Cava, pomegranate, raspberry

    • Spanish 77

      12

      Vara Spanish Brandy, lemon, simple syrup, Silverhead Brut Cava

    • The Antonio Banderas

      13

      Paso Uno, American Brandy, lemon twist

    • The Pink Drink Effect

      11

      Paso Uno, hibiscus and orange syrup, lemon

    • Beers

    • Featured NM Beers

      6

      ON TAP selections vary

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Flights
AVAILABLE DAILY


    • Wine Flights

      1.5 oz of each wine

    • Vara Wine Flight #00

      12

      Select any four wines

    • Vara Wine Flight #01

      12

      SILVERHEAD BRUT CAVA
      SILVERHEAD BRUT ROSADO CAVA
      SILVERHEAD BRUT RESERVA CAVA
      VIÑA CARDINAL

    • Vara Wine Flight #02

      12

      VIURA 2018
      GARNACHA ROSADO 2018
      GARNACHA TINTO 2018 ESP
      TEMPRANILLO 2018 ESP

    • Vara Wine Flight #03

      12

      GARNACHA TINTO 2018 ESP
      TEMPRANILLO 2018 ESP
      TEMPRANILLO 2017 USA
      TINTO ESPECIAL TEMPRANILLO LOT #014

    • Spirit Flights

      1/2 oz of each spirit

    • The Angel's Share

      12

      PASO UNO Artisanal Immature Brandy
      FINE AMERICAN ALEMBIC BRANDY
      FINE SPANISH BRANDY
      TAYLOR GARRETT WHISKEY

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PRESENTATIONS
BY RESERVATION • 11AM–4PM



    • Vara Presentations

      2 oz of each wine

    • SILVERHEAD BRUT CAVA
      VIURA 2018
      GARNACHA ROSADO 2018
      GARNACHA TINTO 2018
      TEMPRANILLO ESP 2018
      TEMPRANILLO USA 2017

    • Presentation A

      22

      Presentation of the six wines

      Bread Sticks

    • Presentation B

      32

      Presentation of the six wines

      Personal Tapas Board
      Spanish chorizo, manchego, olives, marcona almonds, pistachios and bread

    • Presentation C

      38

      Presentation of the six wines

      Pan con Tomate
      Toasted bread with tomato pulp, garlic and olive oil

      Chicken Pintxos
      Garlic sherry chicken skewers with salsa criolla

      50/50 Meatballs
      Lone Mountain Wagyu beef, pork in sherry cream sauce

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RECEIVE 50% OFF

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

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 Dinner
MONDAY through SUNDAY • 4PM–9PM


    • Dinner - C1

    • Arugula Salad

      Arugula with strawberries, feta cheese, saffron vinaigrette and toasted sesame seeds
      7

    • Boquerone Toast

      Marinated white anchovies on toast points with charred asparagus and piquillo peppers
      6

    • Chicken Pintxos

      Garlic sherry chicken skewers with salsa criolla
      5

    • Pan Con Tomate

      Toasted bread with tomato pulp, garlic and olive oil
      5

    • Papas Bravas

      Spicy Yukon Gold fried potatoes with smokey tomato aioli
      5

    • Tomato Gazpacho

      Topped with boquerones
      5

    • Dinner - C2

    • 50/50 Meatballs

      Lone Mountain Wagyu beef, pork in sherry cream sauce
      9

    • Beef Tartare

      On toasted brioche, with miso, Calabrian chile, chorizo and furikaka
      8

    • Ceviche

      Spice rubbed seared Hamachi with charred broccolini, watermelon, Calabrian chile and garum
      14

    • Grilled Sausage

      Lone Mountain Wagyu beef sausage, pickled green beans, mustardo, sherry aioli
      11

    • Paella De Mar y Montaña

      Saffron bomba rice with chicken, chorizo, shrimp, clams and mussels with saffron aioli
      Serves 2 to 4 — allow 55 minutes
      35

    • Tapas Platter

      Spanish chorizo, manchego, olives, marcona almonds, pistachios & toasted bread
      15

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