Red Horse Vineyard Bed & Breakfast is steeped in history, legacy and many cultures.
Being located along the Rio Grande Bosque it is fertile land where the Tewa Tribes settled and in the 1600’s the Spanish built missions as they forged along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro – the King’s highway from Mexico City to Santa Fe. Just east of the B&B property, Isleta Blvd. is also the original Pre-1937 Route 66 as it turned from Santa Fe to Belen. Both of these important passages have rich stories to be told and some of the artifacts on the property are believed to have been left behind by travelers of both historic times.
Much attention is being given to restoring historic aspects and items of the property while retaining a relaxing and enjoyable space for guests. Focus on organic farming and allowing the land to provide as it has for centuries is one of the main goals for the family members working the farm
Wine and apple cider production began here in the late 1800’s, according to the son of Charles Ellis who owned the homestead in 1870. The original winemaking equipment found in the basement included a press, a crusher, 6 and 12 gallon fermenting crocks, wood barrels, bottles and various other tools, just as the Ellis family left it in 1947.
In 1968, Carl Londene purchased the property and had unknowingly become a vintner. At that time, the grapes in the arbor were in very poor condition and had grown to the top of 30-foot high Elm trees.
Upon acquiring the property, the Londene’s took on the daunting task of removing 180 Elm and Cottonwood trees, rebuilding the arbor by re-stringing the wires, then planting new grapes where some of the original had died.
Although unidentified, one original white grape is thought to be related to the old mission grapes and still produces. This grape is the last one to ripen in late September, turning shades of brown and producing an excellent juice that makes for a great white wine with almost no sugar required. It is a reminder of the sweet life made here and shared with guests!