In 1983, Gilbert Gruet and his family were vacationing in New Mexico where they met some winemakers who successfully grew grapes at high altitudes in the desert. They bought land at 4,300 feet of elevation and planted an experimental vineyard to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. His children Laurent and Nathalie moved to New Mexico, and in 1987 harvested their first grapes. Their first release of 5,000 bottles was in 1989.
By 2008, the Gruet winery was making 100,000 cases of wine a year. They make seven different sparkling wines, but also still Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and other varietals. They are widely available, with distribution in 48 states.
Some popular cocktails containing Gruet
- Songbird (sparkling & violette) — Sparkling white wine, Elderflower liqueur, Crème de Violette, Lavender bitters, Grapefruit juice
- Prospector — Apple brandy, American Sparkling White Wine, Batavia Arrack, Bitters, Honey syrup, Lemon juice, Cinnamon
- Magic Hour — Sparkling white wine, Aromatized wine, Herbal liqueur, Simple syrup, Grapefruit juice, Grapefruit peel