Two new tasting rooms in Willcox

Two new wine tasting rooms opened in Willcox in May. Now part of Willcox wine trail are Flying Leap vineyards and Pillsbury Wine Company.

Flying Leap Vineyards opened its tasting room at the corner of Maley and Railroad Avenue. The vineyard offers sustainably-produced wines in a tasting room steeped in history. It is the building that was once the Headquarters Saloon. This is where Warren Earp was shot by Johnny Boyett in 1900. The saloon's original wood floors have been restored, and the bar is made from sections of a mesquite tree. Visit the Flying Leap Vineyards tasting room 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays.

In a comfortable, unassuming cottage on the “Willcox Bench,” just a few miles from downtown Willcox, you can sample wines from winemaker, Sam Pillsbury. The colorful New Zealand filmmaker branched out into wine making 13 years ago, and he’s been making a splash ever since with the Pillsbury Vineyard Company. With flavorful varietals like “Wildchild Red,” Diva,” and One Night Stand Rosé, Pillsbury’s grapes are crafted into unique flavors. Visit the Pillsbury Vineyard Company Wine Tasting Room Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays or by private appointment.

Learn more about these wine tasting rooms as well as other Cochise County vineyards.