Visit D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro to Enjoy Award-Winning Wine and Delicious Food - LasCruces.com

For a special meal out with friends or family, you want the place you choose to enhance the experience. If your short list doesn’t include the D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro, you may miss some of the dazzle that would make your experience so much more memorable.

Lescombes: Premier winery in New Mexico

Lescombes Family Vineyards operates two of its D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistros in Southern New Mexico — one in Las Cruces and the other in Alamogordo. In Las Cruces, the Winery & Bistro is on Avenida de Mesilla, just south of I-10. In Alamogordo, you’ll find the D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro on Panorama Boulevard, on the south end of town. Their third bistro is up north in Albuquerque. And don’t forget their wine bar in Santa Fe and original tasting room location in Deming, just a short drive west from Las Cruces.

At the bistros, you can enjoy exceptional dining, but what makes these bistros different is their wine. Lescombes Family Vineyards is the premier winery in New Mexico, producing prize-winning wines.

Lescombes wine bottle and glass.

New Mexico’s long history of winemaking

Few realize that the origin of winemaking in the U.S. traces back to the Spanish Colonial region of Nuevo México. The distance between Spain and the New World posed challenges for Franciscan and Capuchin monks in obtaining wine for their religious rites. With delays in shipments and high prices, they discreetly introduced Mission grapes, a variety of Vitis vinifera, to New Mexico in 1629 to start their own production. 

By the late 1800s, wine production in New Mexico was flourishing, producing close to a million gallons each year, which was almost double the amount produced by New York State. Yet, emerging competition from California reduced its dominance, and the onset of Prohibition in 1920 halted production. It took until the 1930s for winemaking to find its footing again in New Mexico.

Lescombes Winemaking Traditions

The 1880s saw the Lescombes family, currently in its sixth generation in the business, begin their winemaking legacy in Algeria. This is where the family patriarch, Hervé Lescombes, honed his skills in the wine industry. The upheaval during Algeria’s push for independence in 1962 prompted their move to France, where they laid down roots with a new vineyard in Burgundy. 

In 1981, Hervé and his family moved to the United States. Shortly thereafter, he founded a vineyard in Pyramid Valley, located near Lordsburg, New Mexico. As of now, this property covers 240 acres, with 220 acres actively cultivated.

Lescombes Family Vineyard near Deming.

Growing Wine Grapes in the Desert

“The climate here makes it possible to grow some of the best grapes in New Mexico,” says Florent Lescombes, president of Lescombes Family Vineyards based in Deming. Florent is the younger of Hervé’s two sons. The older brother, Emmanuel, is the viticulturist. While Florent gave his heart to the business, Emmanuel gave his soul to the soil.

Lescombes has an annual capacity of 620,000-gallons in their winery facility. At the vineyard, they grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Chenin Blanc, and dozens of other varietals.

State-of-the-art production

From picking the grapes to the final bottling stage, Lescombes seamlessly blends contemporary methods with a handcrafted approach to wine-making, which includes maturation in classic oak barrels. If you’re eager to delve deeper into the process, the visit the Deming winery for a tour of their facility.

Baked brie, crackers, grapes and Lescombes wine.

Winery & Bistro offers full menu

But, back to that delicious meal accompanied by award-winning wine! D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro offers a full menu: appetizers, salads, soups, entrees, and desserts. Among the more popular entrees are Southwest Meatloaf, Pecan-Crusted Chicken, and Pasta New Mexico with Hatch green chile. This is New Mexico, after all. There are Schnitzel and Fish & Chips for a touch of Europe, and Mongolian Beef for a hint of Asia. Each dish you choose can be paired with a wine to achieve the best balance between the ingredients of the food and the characteristics of the wine, amplifying the flavors of both.

Deming Tasting Room is a relaxing, tasteful stop

Visiting Deming? Perhaps with family or friends? Why not expand your horizon with a visit to the D.H. Lescombes Winery & Tasting Room. You can enjoy a flight of wines, choosing from their list of red, rose, white, or sparkling vintages. You can sample dessert wines. 

And you can please your palate with a delicious nosh board of meats, cheeses, olives, crackers, and spreads you design yourself. Or simply pick one of the Bistro Faves, like their Country Pot Roast, Pasta New Mexico, or decadent Port Brownie.

The entrance to the Las Cruces D. H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro has a large display of their available wines.

Just want wine? Order online

You can shop for a bottle of wine at any of their locations or even have Lescombes award-winning wines delivered right to your door. Their wines are categorized to help you find the style of wine you enjoy. Order through the secure online wine store. Shipping is not available to some locations due to local regulations.

Visiting D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro adds a bit more zest to the good life you’re already enjoying in the Land of Enchantment!

1720 Avenida de Mesilla

Las CrucesNew Mexico

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