Arizona’s wine industry is flourishing in Cochise County with the opening of new vineyards and tasting rooms. The majority of Arizona's wines are produced from Cochise County grapes.
Coronado Vineyards This winery and on-site vineyard offers daily tasting hours in their wine and tapas lounge. Coronado Vineyards has a variety of unique wines, from a sweet white table wine to a dry red wine, all from Arizona-grown wine grapes grown. Call 520-384-2993 or visit http://www.coronadovineyards.com/
Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards offers exclusively estate grown and bottled wine from its 21-acre vineyards in the Chiricahua mountain foothills. Keeling-Schaefer opened its tasting room in downtown Willcox in February 2010. Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards' tasting room is open Thursdays through Sundays. Call 520-766-0600 or visit http://keelingschaefervineyards.com/
Carlson Creek Vineyards features wine varietals from the Carlsons, a family owned and operated business. Family members have completed viticulture and winemaking classes at University of California Davis. Their varietals include syrah, sauvignon blanc, sangiovese, chardonnay, and a red blend. Carlson Creek Vineyards' tasting room is located on Railview Avenue in historic downtown Willcox and is open daily. Contact them at 520-766-3000 or visit http://carlsoncreek.com/
Flying Leap Vineyards opened its new tasting room at the corner of Maley and Railroad Avenue. in Willcox in May 2013. The vineyard offers its sustainably produced wines. The tasting room has historic appeal: it is the former Headquarters Saloon, where Warren Earp was shot. The location includes the saloon's original floors, which have been restored, and a mesquite tree has been transformed into the wine counter. Visit Flying Leap tasting room at 100 Railroad Avenue in Willcox, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. For more information, call 520-954-293 or visit http://www.flyingleapvineyards.com/.
Passion Cellars is now open on Fort Grant Road, north of town on the way toward Apple Annie’s Orchards. The vineyard already has a tasting room in Jerome, and has opened this one where most of its wines are made. The Willcox vineyard will plant 88 acres this spring. Current and previous vintages have been made with 85 percent Arizona grapes. Tasting room hours are 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Call ahead for an appointment if you're in the area on weekdays and would like sample their wines. 3052 N. Fort Grant Rd., Willcox, AZ 85643, 602-750-7771, http://passioncellars.com/
Aridus Wine Company
You have two tasting rooms where you can sample Aridus Wine Company's wines. The first is at their custom crush facility on Haskell Avenue, where other area wines are made, and the second is their own tasting room on Railview Avenue. The Haskell Avenue tasting room also features the portfolio of local wines made at the facility. http://ariduswineco.com/
Golden Rule Vineyards
Part of the Willcox Wine Country. The tasting room opened November 29, 2014. Contact Ruth Graham at 520-507-1776 for more information. Email [email protected] for special appointments and off hours tastings. Address: 3525 N Golden Rule Road, Cochise, AZ 85606 Website: https://www.goldenrulevineyards.com
Lawrence Dunham Vineyards bottles estate wines at their winery in the Chiricahua Mountain foothills. Currently, their wines are available to taste by appointment only. Call 602-320-1485. http://www.lawrencedunhamvineyards.com/.
Zarpara Vineyard opened their tasting room at their vineyard in 2012. They are located on the “Willcox Bench” – an Arizona premier wine growing region just 15 minutes from downtown Willcox. They began planting vines in 2010. Their tasting flight features exceptional, hand-crafted wines. Zarpara Vineyard has breathtaking views of the Dos Cabezas Mountains. Bring along a picnic to enjoy on their terrace. Open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fridays through Sundays. http://www.zarpara.com/. For more information, call 602-885-8903.
The new PIllsbury Wine Company Vineyard Tasting Room is located about 13 miles from Historic Downtown Willcox. In a quaint vineyard cottage on a rustic working vineyard/farm in the Sulphur Springs Valley, the tasting experience at the Pillsbury Vineyard Tasting Room is as unique as its rural locale. Pillsbury’s crisp, light, and refreshing wines, One Night Stand Rosé, WildChild (Red or White), and Diva are all made in the Rhone style. The wide-open spaces surrounding the tasting room are perfect for hanging out and enjoying mountain views. Pillsbury's tasting room is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday to Sunday or by appointment at 6420 S. Bennett Place. Call 520-384-3964
Click on the links below for information on southern Arizona wine resources:
Arizona's Wine Regions - Listings of Arizona's wine regions, plus links to printable maps.
Arizona Wine Growers Association - An organization supporting wine growers throughout Arizona. You'll find news about Arizona wines and information on local wine events in each of Arizona's growing regions.
Arizona Vines and Wines Magazine - A publication about Arizona wines, restaurants, wine makers, travel in Arizona's wine regions, and more.
Patagonia and Sonoita area vineyards and wine tours
A vineyard in Benson has been added to Cochise County's wine offerings. RanchoMaria Vineyards was founded in 2003 by Mark and Maria Mabry, both Natives of Southern Arizona. RanchoMaria Vineyards planted 1,000 vines of varietals including Tempranillo, Grenache and Zinfandel. Located in the southern foothills of the Rincon Mountains at an elevation of 4200 feet, just outside of Benson. Contact the vineyards for a visit by calling 520-403-1755 or emailing [email protected]
Hoppin’ Grapes, opened in Sierra Vista. The shop showcases New World wines at their Fry Boulevard location. Primarily a wine bar, the shop offers daily wine tastings. Their wine list changes frequently, and visitors can sample wines in the relaxed, comfy atmosphere. It features couches so guests can lounge with friends to enjoy the tasting experience. The shop mainly focuses on wines, but also features craft beers. The noshing menu includes cheese plates and desserts. Hours are Tuesdays through Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays noon to 8 p.m. Address: 409B W. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista, 520-338-WINE (9463)
Flying Leap Vineyards
Flying Leap Vineyards opened its Bisbee tasting room on Main Street in November 2013. The vineyard offers its sustainably produced wines. The tasting room features its Cochise County and Santa Cruz County wines. Visit Flying Leap tasting room at 67 Main Street in Bisbee, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. For more information, call 520-954-293 or visit http://www.flyingleapvineyards.com/.
Silver Strike Winery
Just steps away from the O.K. Corral, you might be surprised to find the refined tastes of wine in the “town too tough to die.” Guests of the Silver Strike Winery in Tombstone can sample wines produced from grapes grown 50 miles east and west of Tombstone. From columbard to zinfandel, Silver Strike features more than 20 varietals. Owners Jann Hank and their son Kyle set up shop last year and produce their wines on site. http://www.silverstrikewinery.com/Silver_Strike_Winery.html
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