POSTED: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 7:24pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 9:29pm
Las Cruces, NM (KTSM) — The wine industry in New Mexico is growing by leaps and bounds, and this year's grape harvest is gearing up! To celebrate the award-winning tastes of New Mexico wines, the annual Harvest Wine Festival is planned for Labor Day Weekend at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds west of Las Cruces! Wineries from all over the state will be pouring samples of their wines from noon to 6 pm daily, from Saturday, August 31 through Monday, September 2.
A long-time favorite in southern New Mexico and West Texas, the Harvest Wine Festival will bring together dozens of local artists and vendors, delicious food products, and local agricultural projects to the fairgrounds. In addition, there will be live music throughout the weekend!
Toe-tapping music will start on Saturday with Radio La Chusma at noon, followed by Nosotros. Sunday will open with the Eli James band, and will be followed up by local-favorite Josh Grider. The Harvest Wine Festival will wind down on Monday with Soulshine at noon, and El Paso-band Locomotion at 3pm.
The annual Harvest Wine Festival is hosted by the New Mexico Wine Growers Association to create awareness for the state's award-winning wine industry. Attendees will find locally grown and handcrafted New Mexico wines in an old-fashioned, fun atmosphere. New Mexico wines continue to place increasingly well in judged wine competitions across the nation and even internationally. In addition, the family-oriented event features plenty of local food, refreshments and shade to enjoy. Arts and crafts vendors will display fine paintings, handmade crafts and apparel for sale.
Admission is just $15 for all adults over the age of 21 and includes a souvenir glass. Entrance is free for those under 21, but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Military Monday is back September 2 with a $3 discount for all military. All adults must have a valid photo ID with them, regardless of age. Designated drivers are encouraged. The Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds are located eleven miles west of Las Cruces on I-10.
For more information on the Harvest Wine Festival contact Helping Hands Event Planning at (575)-522-1232 or visit www.wineharvestfestival.com  and buy tickets on line to save time at the gate. More information on the New Mexico Wine industry can be found at www.nmwine.com .