Casa Rondena Winery, Albuquerque

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#2 of 23 in Wineries in New Mexico
Casa RondeƱa Winery was lovingly established in late 1995 as a family undertaking, with the first plantings in 1990 at the hands of vintner John Calvin.

The Tasting Room opened in August 1997 and a winery building, with a commemorative Tricentennial bell tower (picture right), was completed in the autumn of 2004. In 2008, a new barrel aging and storage facility, including the Founder's Rotunda, was built in order to expand production capability of the winery and hold special events for winery members and special guests.

In 2010, Mr. & Mrs. Calvin moved out of the home they built on the property and turned it into the 1629 Club. This is a new level of membership to the winery which includes access to the private club among many other benefits.

The Tasting Room and winery is open to the public daily from 12 noon until 7 PM. No reservations are necessary. Picnics are allowed for Wine Club Members.
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  • This was my first visit to the winery and it will not be my last. I attended a Pilates class instructed by the very beautiful and talented Angela Hanchett. Class was challenging, yet still fun and she...  more »
  • The winery itself is a gorgeous venue, but their Wellness and Wine events are quite possibly one of my favorite things to do throughout the year! It's impossible to beat a relaxing yoga class, in a be...  more »
  • I love coming to the wellness and wine sessions provided by Breeze and Colleen, the flow session Breeze leads are top notch. The atmosphere the vineyard creates as you walk to class sets the stage tha...  more »
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  • My wife and I have been coming to Casa Rondena for the last ten years. We are in love with the grounds and absolutely love the wine! The shining River is perfect on a warm day, and the Cab Franc is a new front runner for our all time favorite! Jesse and his team in the tasting room are always nice and seem to help folks have a bit of fun while tasting the wine. Josh, the new wine maker, is truly passionate about wine and this year that passion has shown itself in a great finished product! have attended a few Wellness and Wine events and they are always great, especially at night with a fire going! All of our out of town friends are required to spend some time here!
  • Let me start by saying I wanted to love Casa Rondena so much! It's a beautiful place and has nice wine. Unfortunately they have the absolute worst customer service I have ever experienced - from the ownership down. I moved here from Boston a year ago and immediately joined the 1629 club at Casa Rondena, hoping to have a great place to bring out of town guests and meet new friends in my new town. Unfortunately, right from the start, being a member at Casa Rondena was nothing but stress and frustration. In my second month of membership, I brought my family there to relax over some wine on the 1639 club patio. There was another table of 3 men on the patio and one of them got up and yelled at me that I didn't belong there. I offered him my club membership card and he very rudely told me I had to leave. It turns out that was the owner, John. Now is that how anyone would treat any customer, especially someone who pays a monthly membership to be part of your club? I did receive an "apology" email a few days later, so I decided to give the place another chance. My final straw was bringing my mom to the club for her birthday dinner a couple weeks ago, which was also the same night as a St Patrick's Day event. The doorman for the event was extremely rude and accused me of sneaking in and told me I couldn't leave the event to have dinner in their club. I explained that I had emailed ahead of time to make sure this was possible and he told me "go ahead, you'll just do what you want anyways". When we finally ordered dinner it took forever to get our food, the pizzas were good, but very small. We told our server we would want to order more, but when we tried to order more they told us that there was another large party there and they couldn't handle it so we wouldn't be getting served anymore. My father tried to talk to them to see what he could do and our server yelled at him that we should have seen that they don't take orders after 7:45pm. No one had told us this, and for the record, the menu says 7:50, and it wasn't that time yet. I called and emailed Casa Rondena telling them about my most recent poor experience there. I let them know that I wanted to cancel my membership due to all of the continued problems, but wanted to give them the opportunity to respond first and work out a resolution. Its been 10 days and I still haven't heard from them. Members and Customers clearly aren't valued here at all. I really wanted to love this place, and I can't communicate how fully disappointed I am. They obviously don't care about basic customer service, and the culture of the employees there is that nothing will change and management doesn't care. I don't plan on ever going back there again. There are plenty of other wineries in New Mexico and plenty of other places that provide exceptional service. Don't waste your money here, and definitely don't become a member at Casa Rondena - this place and its horrible business practices needs a complete overhaul. I will be cross-posting this review on multiple sites.
  • A nice property within the city but feels like you're away. Great selection to try and seasonal wines are introduced as available. Samples of pretzels are the only food there unless you want to but refrigerated cheese, so don't come on an empty stomach. Great patio overlooking a pond and vineyards. Super place to relax with friends.
  • Best winery as far as looks... Wine is good not spectacular in my opinion. I liked the wine so don't get me wrong. Great staff!
  • It's super beautiful there. Great atmosphere and fantastic wine. Costumer service is top of the line. Highly recommended
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