We’ve spent some time talking about wine culture and its negative affects on native populations, mainly in terms of alcohol abuse and how much of the wine industry only has the capacity to produce low paying jobs.
That’s unfortunate and while we wait for a wine of the month club to produce profits for everyone, not just their owners-I couldn’t help but wonder if there were any American wine regions which were successful very close to current Native lands.
The first region which came to mind was the region in New Mexico close to Las Cruces and Mesilla, long a stronghold of native populations and one of the regions that has had the highest level of success of bringing in modernity without negatively affecting local indigeneous populations.
In any case, do you know much about New Mexico? How did it get so successful? Was it planned? Did it just happen?