As I enter the Milagro Vineyard and Winery in Corrales, I am immediately awe-struck by the breathtaking view of the sunset reflecting on the Sandias through the window. Sitting at the bar lined with wines, I started talking with Rick and Mitzi Hobson about their delightful winery. “People make wine too complicated. You taste it, and either you like it or you don’t,” Rick said as he poured me a taste of their award winning Cabernet Sauvignon. Milagro started because Rick wanted to try his hand as a vintner after his career as a chemical engineer. From the taste of it, the Hobson’s made a good decision!
A few years ago, Rick was ready to move the operation into French Oak Barrels and “once we did that there was no looking back,” Rick said. Milagro soon transformed from a hobby into a commercial winery. “You make wine in the vineyard,” Rick noted as he pointed out the rows of grapes around their property and to neighbors all growing Milagro grape. All of Milagro’s wines are made from 100% Corrales grapes and bottled on the property.
With each wine tasting comes a full tour if time permits and if guests are so inclined. “Rick is a really good teacher. He helps them (visitors) have a handle on wine 101, explaining all of the complicated stuff,” Mitzi added.
A sophisticated looking potbellied pig graces each Milagro wine label. “That’s Wilber,” Mitzi points out. “We used to rescue potbelly pigs. And he was our inspiration.” Now, they rescue Boston Terriers and have seven on the property–one of whom sat with us for the whole interview.
Milagro Winery is open once a month for tasting and by appointment. Just outside of the tasting room there is a beautiful garden with artwork and in the spring there will be flowering vegetables all around to make your picnic picture perfect.
985 W. Ella Corrales, NM 87048, 505-898-3998, www.milagrowine.com