La Chiripada Winery

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La Chiripada Winery is an American winery in Dixon, New Mexico, founded in 1981 by Michael and Patrick Johnson.[1] It has regularly won awards for its wines at the Southwest Wine Competition and the New Mexico State Fair Wine Competition.[2] It is the highest commercial winery in the United States, at an elevation of 6,100 feet (1,900 m).[3] La Chiripada is a feature of the annual Dixon Studio Tour, which is held in late fall and is the oldest continuously running annual studio tour in Northern New Mexico.[4]

La Chiripada has a tasting room in the Taos Downtown Historic District[5] on Bent Street, the La Chiripada Wine Shop.[6]


La Chiripada was founded by the Johnson family, who built the adobe winery by hand in 1981.[2] It is located south of Taos, New Mexico in the Rio Embudo Valley.[5]

The vineyards produce an annual crop of twenty to thirty tons of grapes. La Chiripada produces a variety of whites, reds, and specialty wines.[2]

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  1. ^ Johnson, Michael; Johnson, Patrick. "History of La Chiripada Winery". Retrieved 2015-04-21.
  2. ^ a b c Harris, Richard; Fox, Lisa (2008). Artisan Farming: Lessons, Lore, and Recipes. Gibbs Smith. p. 7. ISBN 9781423601333.
  3. ^ Niederman, Sharon (2012). Signs & Shrines: Spiritual Journeys Across New Mexico. The Countryman Press. p. 64. ISBN 9781581578171.
  4. ^ Hulburt, Dory (November 4, 2011). "The Dixon Studio Tour celebrates 30th artistic anniversary". The Taos News. Archived from the original on April 22, 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-21.
  5. ^ a b Simon, Jordan (Summer 1995). "High Country Vineyards". Snow Country: 25–26. ISSN 0896-758X.
  6. ^ "Retail Locations for La Chiripada Wines". Retrieved 2015-04-21.

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Coordinates: 36°11′47.7″N 105°52′51.0″W / 36.196583°N 105.880833°W / 36.196583; -105.880833