Southern Arizona Wine Tasting Tour
Southern Arizona winemakers receive international acclaim. Discover why at tasting rooms and wine shops throughout the Sonoita and Willcox wine regions—all within a short trip from Tucson. For our tour, we'll be bussing you to 4-5 different vineyards in the Southern Arizona area, including the ones listed below. Check out their websites for more information!
Rancho Rossa Vineyards is one of the largest family owned wineries in the Sonoita/Elgin area. They produce about 1100 cases of wine each year from their 24 acres of estate fruit. They are the only winery in the Sonoita Viticultural area that is 100% estate. Meaning they use ONLY the grapes they grow. They specialize in ultra-premium dry varietal wines. www.ranchorossavineyards.com
A pioneer in Southern Arizona winemaking, Callaghan Vineyards makes New World wine in the traditional Old World style. It's lovingly tended, rich red-earth-soil vineyard produces robust Mediterranean classics like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Mourvèdre, Petit Verdot, and Spanish Graciano, all naturally aged in wooden barrels. Founded in 1990, Callaghan and its award-winning libations helped “legitimize” the emerging Arizona winemaking industry. www.callaghanvineyards.com
Family-owned Dos Cabezas has produced libations since 1995, using grapes from the Pronghorn Vineyard in Sonoita and Cimarron Vineyard near Willcox. Its wine has been served at the White House and has caught the attention of the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Wine Spectator. The Dos Cabezas tasting room is conveniently located in downtown Sonoita. Hang on to the souvenir glass you receive post-tasting—it also gets you discounts at nearby tasting rooms operated by Arizona Hops and Vines, Lightning Ridge Cellars, Wilhelm Family Vineyards, Rancho Rossa Vineyards, Kief-Joshua Vineyards, and Hannah’s Hill Vineyard and Winery. www.doscabezas.com