PORTALES, N.M. (KFDA) - From the vineyard to the tasting room, Portales is saying cheers to its first winery.
Nestled in Eastern New Mexico, Enchantment Vineyards is celebrating its grand opening.
"It's just a passion that we all share," said Megan Hamilton, co-owner Enchantment Vineyards.
The owners say their dream of opening the vineyard was years in the making.
"From the time we started talking about it to now, about five years and then Megan was really instrumental in getting all of the legalities and licenses done for the vineyard," said Cassidy Self, co-owner Enchantment Vineyards.
As one of the first vineyards in Eastern New Mexico, the owners of Enchantment Vineyards are excited to see what change it can bring in the area.
"First tasting room, one of the first vineyards in this area, so I think we've always been excited about bringing something different that could be exciting to the community," said Hamilton. "It's a smaller community and it'll be a lot of fun. We've had a great response so far, but I feel like it's going to change the dynamic."
City leaders are also excited to see that change. With new breeds of businesses coming in like the vineyard and recent addition of a brewery, the business climate in Portales could likely change.
"Even though we have struggles with retail with online things going on, this will be something that will be a very reliable steady business," said Karl Terry, Executive Director of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce. "That's going to add to what Portales has to offer and help us to crack into that tourism market a little bit better."
While the vineyard currently has about five acres growing and preparing for harvest, the company hopes to expand.
"Assuming everything goes well, we look to possibly do up to 10 and then maybe 20 acres, maybe," said Bobby Hamilton, co-owner Enchantment Vineyards.
Since this is their first harvest season, the wine currently bottled and used in tastings is made from grapes around New Mexico.
"We don't have any estate wines yet which would be grown on this property, but we have purchased grapes in other parts of the state and made, we've got 11 varietals now," said Bobby Hamilton.
With each pop of a cork and glass poured, the newest business in Portales may help revenue and other business pour into the city.