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Wine tasting

Rafting trip






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to book tours and answer any questions

you might have.

The health of our guests, staff and community is the utmost

importance here at New Mexico Wine Tours.

The Rafting then Wine is the perfect trip for anyone looking to experience rafting

plus some of New Mexico's best wines.

Bringing everyone the perfect day of adventure.

Groups, couples & single travelers come join the fun.

of rafting the Rio Grande

Join us for a FUN & relaxing day

with good wine & food. 

Please no drinking before rafting or during rafting, plenty of that after your rafting trip!

Choices for this wonderful Rafting adventure then wine.

either the Racecourse, which we highly recommend, or the Orilla Verde Float.


Picking everyone up with door to door service.

Departing Santa Fe at 7:30 am. 

Traveling to the rafting headquarters, where we drop you off to begin

your rafting adventure. 

Upon arrival at NM River Adventure's Headquarters, you will meet your

guides for the day who will outfit you with all the gear necessary and all 

safety rules for the day on the river. 

You'll find clean restrooms, changing rooms and any last minute items you might have forgotten.

Bring a change of cloths. 

Then it's off to the river to challenge the Rio Grande's most popular sections.

After your river adventure NM Wine Tours will pick you back up at the rafting headquarters at 12. 

We do give you plenty of time to change and freshen up.  

Then off we go for lunch, wine tasting at three wineries with award winning wineries.

Lunch will be served at the winery.  

You can't get a more enjoyable day! 

Wine tasting after your rafting is not to much to fit into one day it actually goes together quite well.

The Racecourse 

This is the most popular rafting trip in New Mexico.

Perfect trip for first timer whitewater enthusiasts.

It is class II-III(IV at high water) and absolutely perfect for everyone.

When the water levels are especially high, we do raise the minimum age

as this section grows into an extremely fun and continuous section of

class III and IV whitewater. 

Minimum age for the Racecourse is 5 (13 at higher water levels).

You can always change the trip you have chosen the day before your tour date.

Any questions regarding the class of the river please contact

New Mexico River adventures at (800) 983-7756

This is perfect trip for the entire family or those who just feel like a lazy

float down the river. It also affords us time to practice paddling techniques,

swimming and simply enjoying the Rio Grande

Toward the end of the trip we will float through the historic village of

Pilar before continuing through some fun class II rapids. 

New Mexico River Adventures guides are the best in the business, focusing on safety

and guest service as a top priority. All are extremely knowledgeable about the area's geology, ecology

and history and just love being on the river. Many with experience on rivers all over the country

and across the globe. The Racecourse is unique in that we can always run these trips all spring, summer and fall! The higher water levels on these stretches are usually in the late spring as the snow melt

comes off of the mountains. During the middle to late summer months, the water levels get lower and the water temperature rises. These are great times for everyone to enjoy as the swimming is superb and the rapids still fun and challenging for all ages. 

With rapids that range in difficulty from class 2 to 3, it is a truly a great trip for the entire family!

Minimum age for the Racecourse is 5 (13 at higher water levels).

How do I BOOK a tour?

Call 505.250.8943 

How this works, your rafting trip is an ADD-ON to your wine tour.

At check out pick a date on the calendar.

Don't forget to click the Add-On rafting trip that you chose.

Wine tour cost $119 + Tax & customary wine guide gratuity

Please be considerate & tip your rafting guide & hosts at the wineries

Your Rafting part of your trip is an ADD-ON to your tour.

Rafting Trip 

Adults $55 + tax & fee 

Child 5-12  $45 + tax & fee

TOTAL COST - 1 ADULT - Total cost $216.85  


Where do we meet and what time: 

Door to door service the morning of your tour for most pick ups, departing Santa Fe at 7:30 am no later.

We are able to pick-up from most lodging in and around Santa Fe Plaza & off Cerrillios.

Buffalo Thunder Resort, Four Seasons Resort, Tesuque & surrounding area's on the way.

If you are staying somewhere that is farther south of Santa Fe, for example Sunrise Springs

or El Dorado, we’ll meet you at a pre-arranged public place that has safe & free parking,

or you can take Uber, Lyft or Black Car Taxi.

Sorry, this would add 2 extra hours for our tour to pick you up and then return at the end of the day.

Some of the Air b&b's are on roads that are unsafe & may damage our tour vehicles that unfortunately

we would not be able to accommodate. 

Included in your tour:

Informative tour guide/driver/hostess

Transportation - Door to door 

Wonderful Picnic lunch at the winery.

Delicious  snack platter of cheese, salami, crackers & fruit.

Lunch Menu 

Plenty of bottled water

Tote bag for all your goodies

Mask, sanitizer

Customary & suggested gratuity for your Guide/driver/hostess

What's Not Included:

Tasting fees, all alcoholic beverages. 

There are several reasons why we do not include your tasting fees.


You pay as you go after your tastings at each winery with a small tasting fee.

Some guest like to share their tastings with their travel partner or even skip a winery.

Wineries will waive your tasting fee with a certain amount of bottles or bottle purchased. ASK

Each establishment we visit has a different arrangement with their own great discounts which

they offer our guests. Your tasting fees are more than reasonable!

All 3 wineries not per winery run $24 + tax

Please be considerate and tip your server/host at the wineries.

Your rafting trip is an ADD-ON to your all day tour in which each guest is responsible for payment

when you book your wine tour package.

NM Wine Tours reserves & pays for your rafting part of the trip when you complete your booking.

Time spent at each winery?
There is no set time, the average is about an hour at each winery.

Plenty of time after your tastings to enjoy a glass of wine with your snacks.

Or walk the grounds enjoying the scenery.

How will I get my wine home?

You may ship wine from all of the wineries. 

Please check your state shipping laws if you plan to have wine shipped from the wineries.

Or you can buy a wine shipper box from one of the wineries (holds 6 to 12 bottles), 

Fill it up and check it on your return flight like luggage. 

Or just wrap your bottle of wine up and put in your check in baggage.

You may also go on line after you are home and order wine from the wineries on their web site.

​All establishments visited take all major credit cards so you may purchase wine to take home or have it shipped. All have wine clubs that you can join that save you money.

Two of our wineries serve local craft beer for you none wine drinkers.

Guests must be 21 and have valid photo ID with you to taste wine!

What kind of vehicle will I be in:

Comfortable, forward facing stand up 14 passenger mini coach bus or our Transit XLT

with plenty of room for your items.

Due to COVID-19 We are only allowing 8 guests per tour.

Can I bring the whole family:

Teenagers are welcome

Children under the age of 17 or younger are not allowed with out an adult

that is 18 or older who is a relative or legal guardian of the minor while in the tasting rooms.

Our private tours are better suited to accommodate your entire family

Visiting 3 wineries on our Northern Join In wine tour.

Blacl Mesa Winery, Vivac Winery & La Chirapada Winery.

Some examples of wine you will be tasting:

Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot,

Zinfandel, Cab Franc, Tempranillo 

Sangiovese, Montepulciano

Petite Sirah, Refosco, Aglianico

Petit Verdot, Pino Noir, Rose of Sangiovese, 

Syrah,  Dolcetto, Cabernet Sauvignon 

Barbera,  Malvasia Bianca, Chenin Blanc,

Dry Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling,

Viognier, White Zinfandel, Rose of Sangiovese

Zinfandel Port, Cosecha Ultima Criadera

Red & White Ports,

Chocolate Dessert Wine, Gruner Veltliner

Sparking wines & hard ciders

Lot's of local craft beer

Please take into consideration that our tour company is not making ANY money

from the cost of your rafting trip! You are getting transportation, guide driver, lunch and more.....

The small cost of  $119 for our services of 10 hours.


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A fun option if there are just two of you, is paddling down the river on a inflatable kayak. Really FUN!

You would be following the rafters with a river guide. (Racecourse only class II - III)

NM takes drinking & driving very seriously so please be one of the smart ones and Do Not Drink & Drive!

The small amount we charge  that includes your rafting trip, lunch and everything else we offer is well worth it!

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