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from the Publisher ‘Tis the season! It’s time to enjoy this wonderful Arizona weather and hit the wines trails to visit wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms. They each have their own unique character, and with the vines starting spring into action, now is the time to sit outside on their patios and sip some Arizona wine among the vines. A special, thanks to Burning Tree Cellars for hosting AZWINE for our cover photo shoot. Their outdoor patio was the perfect location for taking our cover picture. Their hospitality during the photo session exemplifies that they treat everyone like family and friends. We had a great time with our friends that modeled for the photo, and even made some new friends, the Osterday family from the valley, who happily sat with us on the patio for the picture. Please make sure you read “A Conversation with Kief Manning.” Kief and his family are passionate about wine, friends, family, and food. Kief makes fantastic wines . . . and he is one heck of a cook too! And, Flying Leap Vineyards keeps expanding by leaps and bounds. Thomas Ale Johnson documents their progress in his story on page 48. Check out Trending @AZWINE. Chateau Tumbleweed puts a fun spin on wine labels, advertising, and life. I recently discovered that Arizona is not the only state that has a growing wine industry. In this issue we went outside the Arizona vines to visit Dancing Dragonfly Winery, located in the St. Croix River Valley of Wisconsin. This is a story that has a connection to Sedona, Arizona. We will continue to explore other wine regions throughout the United States in order to spread the word about Arizona wines to more and more people across the nation. Go out and explore Arizona wine country and create your own AZWINE lifestyle. We’ll see you on the wine trails. Cheers! John Johnson

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he Arizona Vignerons Alliance was recently created by a group of prominent Arizona winemakers. Their Mission is to ensure quality and authenticity in Arizona wine; to improve grape growing and winemaking across all wine regions of the state; and to help promote Arizona wines so they are recognized, respected

and sought-after in Arizona, the U.S., and globally. Arizona wines are some of the most wonderful wines produced in the United States. The alliance wants the world to know about them. They will initiate and join regional, national and international events to showcase the broad variety and finest quality of Arizona’s wines. Members of the alliance state that by collecting and sharing data on a variety of measures such as soil composition, acre yield,

Arizona Vignerons Alliance welcomes and supports future growers and winemakers in Arizona. They will provide access to education and hands-on experience to invest in the future of the Arizona wine industry. Alliance members are committed to a transparent review of wine quality by independent, well-recognized wine professionals of any 100% grown and produced Arizona wine. Only wines blind tasted and approved by the independent panel will be able to license the AVA emblem for their label. Their goal is to make sure every consumer of Arizona wine feels confident that when they

Founding member Maynard Keenan (center) of Caduceus Cellars

pay good money for a bottle of wine labeled local or Arizona, it really is sourced from Arizona grapes. Currently, there are no wines that showcase the AVA label. The independent panel will begin blind tasting and approving wines this summer. AVA founding board members include Kelly and Todd Bostock of Dos Cabezas Wine Works; Kent and Lisa Callaghan of Callaghan Vineyards; Rob and Sarah Hammelman of SandReckoner Vineyards; and Jennifer and Maynard Keenan of Caduceus Cellars.

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Chateau Tumbleweed is a collaboration of four friends – two husband-and-wife teams – who, after working more than 30 combined years for other Arizona wineries, recently left their “day jobs” to focus on their own project. They have a great friendship, a penchant for absurdity and complementary skills in vineyard management, winemaking, sales and administration. The group crafted their first wine – only three barrels – in 2011. After three vintages of making their wine at the FourEight WineWorks Winemaker’s Cooperative in Camp Verde from 2012-2014, they took the plunge, purchased the building they had been eying for a year, and converted it into one of Clarkdale’s first commercial Visit our winery and tasting room in the Verde Valley! wineries and tasting 1151 West State Route 89A, Clarkdale, Arizona rooms. Open Thursday to Monday 12-7pm “We’re serious about our wines, but don’t take ourselves too seriously. We aim to rub some of this spirit off onto those we encounter in the hope that wine will one day be generally less stuffy and a lot more fun,” co-owner Kris Pothier said. “We believe in the high-elevation growing regions of the Southwest and think wine has something to teach us if we’re willing to listen. We’re grateful to be part of this evolving industry and finally be free to do this our way.” I was curious about the tumbleweed characters used in their

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advertisements, so I asked Kris how they came about. “Making content for new print ads is another way to make fresh images in our Tumbleweed family that will not necessarily live on wine bottles. It is a great way for us to dialog with our customers and to show them that, although we take our wine making very seriously, we don’t take ourselves seriously,” Kris reiterated. “Changing the ad every few months allows us to create images that are current to that which is happening around us. The wines are always changing as they live in the bottle and our images are on that same path.” I understand what Kris is saying. These ads make readers pause, and really take a look. AZWINE has been overwhelmed with response from readers who can’t wait to see what Tumbleweed characters are going to pop up in future Chateau Tumbleweed ads. Kris went on to say, “After working at various wineries, we know how lucky we are to have an in-house art department. The four of us have a great symbiosis of friendship, business partners and our mutual love of the creative process in all realms is the yarn that knits us tight. Plus, we really love to laugh, and tumbleweed-headed people look really funny.”

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The Winemaker: Origins series is inspired by the fact that a wine begins with the fruit, and then develops over time in the barrel. Different characteristics make for different wines, and how a wine begins on the vine can largely determine how a wine ends up. To understand a winemaker, Cody seeks to understand him or her like he would one of their vintages – from the origins.

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After transitioning between Arizona and raised in the Scottsdale and warmer regions, that Iplains like tooftalk area, Michael has lived most of his In the heart ofknow the high theabout Sonoita AVA, just working a pizza delivery job,cooler and decided thatwine he wanted the biggest lesson Michael the history of a wine, not just life here in “the Grand Canyon State. ” next to Hannah’s Hill, a steel and aluminum structure is to do something entirely different. After taking a job took as a home was: “There really is no set the taste. I feel the same way His career as a winemaker began rising from the landscape like the fossil rib-cage of a giant busser at a now defunct restaurant in the valley, he ended way to do things; winemaking is about winemakers. while attending Northern Arizona brontosaur. Michael Solar panels from at various ”restaurants in about experience. Piercegrow of Saeculum University, when he started making up serving the earth Cellars like flowers in a garden, while Grand Teton National Park and Tempe. Michael spent several vintages at and Bodega Pierce is, in my beer and wine with his dad. Speaking Arizona Stronghold before creating opinion, one ofwith the best winemakers about the process of making his white heraldic banners stylized It was in those restaurants where he histoown brands, Bodega store Pierceof in the Winemaker first wine, Michael recalled, “The grapes flutter instate. the wind next to for theboth began gain an immense and Saeculum Cellars (Saeculum wineries, he also teaches Oenology experience was inspiring, obviously, road to Elgin. This is the realm of Rune wine knowledge. From there, Callahan comes from a Latin word denoting at the new Southwest Wine Center since I continued learning, but the Winery, the brainchild of renegade made the realization that, having a life cycle). Most of his wines are at Yavapai College, located at the wine was not. It didn’t really meet winemaker and all wine and Clarkdale, enjoyed with grown his hands, he madeworking from grapes on his border of around Cottonwood our needs.” geek, James Callahan. His innovative could take his wine knowledge to Ariz. I sat with Pierce late last year After making a few batches of right the release of the One wine from kits that weren’t quite techniques andaround ideas when it comes the next level. He started working Stone Syrah, a co-fermented what they desired, the father-andto wine-making spurred a dramatic blend at Pure Vine, the first urban winery in of Syrah and Viognier from his son duo decided to take some awards sweep during the 2015 Grand Arizona, where he learned the artistry Rolling View Vineyard. That day, we online classes through University of Arizona Wine festival sponsored by the of wine making. It was a short jump recorded a podcast so I could get to California, Davis, and then attended Arizona Republic. garnered know his He origin story aawards little better. Washington State University through from there to harvests in Walla Walla, both under his own Rune label, and Washington, as well as New Zealand, We continued our conversation their extension program. Michael’s whenofI recently visited him again at oenological journey led him to spend before ending up at Kosta Browne, also on behalf Sam Pillsbury’s label, Winewine. Center. a few seasons ininHawke’s Bay, New for whomSouthwest he also makes Sevastapol, California for two years. He then jumped to Sitting with our wine while the Zealand, and in Tasmania, Australia, A native Arizonan growing up near Phoenix, Callahan Aridus in Willcox in 2012 to aid in starting that facility, and shadows slowly began to cover Jerome, before heading back to the U.S. for entered the wine world in California, via a long and winding after working there a year, decided he wanted to create his Michael Pierce humbly opened a stint in Oregon. He eventually road. He started with wine after in own in label. up aboutworking how it all began. Born ingraduatingreturned to Arizona 2010.Rune winery was born. history from Arizona State University. At the time, he was One of the most interesting things that Callahan is

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Rune Wines - Sonoita, Arizona www.RuneWines.com Cody V. Burkett seeks to understand the origins of the winemakers in the state. For more on James Callahan, listen to the first podcast we recorded here: https://soundcloud.com/theazwinemonk/arizonawine-monk-podcast-rune-winery-james-callahan spring

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canopy on the windswept high desert prairie of Sonoita. To find the Tasting Canopy, look between mile markers 39 and 40 on the south side of HWY 82, at the crest of the hill, and search for the Airstream trailer gleaming in the sun, aforementioned heraldic banners dancing in the wind. It is well worth the short walk from the road to attend to the wines under the canopy, which are a splendid taste of Willcox’s high desert terroir. By the time this article is published, Callahan will have his winery completed and a new tasting room set up that will be perhaps less dramatic in scope, but indoors – very good for the brisk spring winds that roar through Sonoita bringing their cargo of frost. Plans are also underway to begin planting in the next few years, along with a host of innovative wine-making features that will make Rune a winery like no other. You can also find the wines that Callahan made for Sam Pillsbury at Pillsbury locations in Willcox and in Cottonwood.

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currently doing is using native yeasts to ferment some of his white wines, and some of his co-ferments, alongside the commercial yeast strains used by other wineries. As he says, “both are paints in a palate; both add certain things to a wine. Native yeasts are like using a color that hasn’t been seen before. They have their own life and personality and unique character. When you blend them with your other yeasts, you create a unique complexity; a wine that is unique like nothing else in the world, and shows the vintage to its fullest.” The use of the native yeasts which are naturally on the grapes also adds to a unique flavor and expression of terroir of the Willcox Bench. On the fermentation process, the intrepid winemaker indicates that, “things go slower, much more in pace with nature.” The idea for using native yeasts for some fermentation started off in 2012 as one of those Eureka moments that only happen by serendipity: some of the grapes came into the winery from the vineyard warm, and had started fermenting on their own. Callahan decided to see what would happen with the ferment, rather than try and force a new innoculation. When the results were exemplary and supremely unique, he knew he was onto a big idea. Both the 2013 Wild Syrah and the 2013 Rune Viognier, which took best varietal in those categories in the 2015 Arizona Republic Wine Competition, were made with wild yeasts. Not only is Callahan a wine geek, but he is a history geek as well. The name for his personal label, Rune, comes from a style of ancient writing known as Elder Futhark (associated with ancient Germanic languages), and many of the labels show a historical influence. The best example of this is the dichotomy between the Classic and Wild Syrahs: the first label has Roman farmers bringing grapes to their tenant landlord, while in the latter a tattooed Gallic warrior defends his vineyard from an invading Roman army. The reason? “It was the Gauls who first invented the idea of putting wine in oak barrels. I wanted to make an homage to that.” Callahan plans to make each label tell a story, and some threads intertwine on different bottles. After all, Callahan believes that every grape, every wine, and every bottle tells a story, and feels it’s important, even necessary, for their stories to be told: of sun and rain, yeast and sky. At the time of writing, there is no tasting room for Rune; instead, with weather permitting, tastings are held under a

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IT’S BEEN QUITE A RIDE!

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ZWINE Lifestyle sat down with Kief Manning, owner and winemaker at Kief-Joshua Vineyards, for a conversation about grapevines, winemaking, and life. Picture this . . . sitting outside on the patio at Kief-Joshua’s tasting room . . . the sun setting over one of the most beautiful and spectacular regions of southern Arizona, with Kief’s antique car soaking up what sun is left for the day . . . looking out over the high desert grasslands with rolling hills, Arizona ash and oak trees, and endless grapevines . . . surrounded by 9,000-foot mountains . . . and a glass of wine with the winemaker himself. You see, it’s entirely possible that this conversation in this setting might not have happened. We’ll get back to this in a bit. First, let’s find out more about Kief and Kief-Joshua Vineyards. AZWINE AZWINElifestyle lifestyle..com com


AZWINE: Kief, how did you get started in this business? KJV: I worked in wine shop at 15, then started studying beer and wine at home as a hobby. I attended two semesters at UC Davis in California, and then was too young to continue making beer and wine in US, so I transferred to Monash University in Australia, where I earned my undergraduate degree in Wine Technology Management and Marketing, then continued on and achieved my master’s degree in Viticulture and Enology at the University of Melbourne, Australia. AZWINE: How did you pick the location for Kief-Joshua Vineyards? KJV: When we started in 2003, there was one winery in Willcox, three in the Sonoita-Elgin area, and only five licensed wineries in the state. Sonoita was the only AVA (American Viticultural Area) in Arizona, and still is to this day. My family had always been in Arizona, so I wanted to stay. The Arizona wine industry was young, and this area was extremely pretty,

and very quiet. We found this property through another person, but it was not for sale. It was owned by a person on east coast. We contacted her, she listed the property for sale, and we bought it. There were only two other vineyards on the road at the time. AZWINE: How did you know you could grow grapes on this property? KJV: This area was the second location in the country to be planted with European wine grapes back in the 1560’s, so we knew the land was right for growing grapes. Plus, we were able to taste some of the wines being made in that area, and we were able to see how their grapevines were maturing. AZWINE: How did you decide how much land to plant first? KJV: We planted approximately three acres the first year, based off of working capital and number of workers. Then, we kept planting each year. We knew if we planted

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about two acres every spring, my dad, Jeff, and I could keep up with maintenance and man power without getting too overwhelmed. The first two years of a vine are more labor intensive because we have to structure and train the vine. AZWINE: What is the average life of a vine? KJV: The oldest vine I know of is about 430 years old, but the average commercial life of a grapevine is 75 years in a vineyard. As the vines get older, replanting occurs between these older vines, so young vines can be somewhat mature when old vines are pulled out. AZWINE: Did you start with your own equipment for making wine? Yes, we started with our own equipment and always have done our own winemaking. We started small, with a few necessary pieces of equipment, and continued to add more each year, as needed.

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AZWINE: What is the benefit of owning your own equipment? KJV: We have control from grape to glass! We are able to control our own schedule, based on availability and timing of the grape harvest. And, we can do what we want when we need to, in order to best fit our schedules.

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AZWINE: How do you decide what barrels to use? KJV: It’s really personal preference, and track record from my experiences making wine. All of our reds are done in oak. Usually we work with more neutral barrels. Not overt oak, just background. We use medium toast to medium-plus toast. Our whites were primarily in oak barrels, but now we are using more stainless steel for whites. It gives them a lighter and fruiter taste for Arizona summers.

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AZWINE: How do you decide what to use for bottles and corks? We use 100 percent, all-natural cork for sealing our bottles. When we first started, we used several different bottles, but we soon found that one bottle was sufficient. Now we use just Antique Green Full Punt Bordeaux wine bottles. In the early days of winemaking, bottle make-up and shape seemed to be more regional and traditional to the area where the wine was produced in order to keep costs down. AZWINE: How many wines do you produce each season? KJV: We make about 16 to 17 different types of wine annually, mainly 100 percent varietal. Typically we produce approximately 60 percent reds and 40 percent whites. I also make a late harvest zinfandel. This is special because we let the grapes hang on the vines longer so they concentrate more sugar and ripeness. Personally, I like to drink whites when the sun is up and reds when the sun is down, depending on what food is being served, what the weather is like, and what is open at the time. AZWINE: As a winemaker, at the end of the day, do you pair food with wine or wine with food? KJV: Generally the wine comes to the food, but it can depend on the season and what wines are available. My opinion is that with families at home, wine seems to come to the food, and with the public, food comes to the wine. AZWINE: What can you tell me about the operation of Kief-Joshua Vineyards? KJV: My dad, Jeff, and I do the day-to-day winery and vineyard work, my mom, Charlene, works the tasting

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room, festivals, and performs other administrative duties, and we have a couple neighbors that come by to help out. AZWINE: Your tasting room, outdoor patio area, and winemaking facilities all seem to be very peoplefriendly. When is the best time for people to stop if for a tasting, buy your wines, and get a tour? KJV: We are open 11 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. People can stop in for tastings or to buy wine every day, and sometimes we have food trucks during the weekends. We have festivals and events throughout the year, and live music every Saturday in the summer. Being open 363 days a year give us lots of seasonal flexibility on our covered patios, and in the large outdoor area with picnic tables near the vines. I give tours of our facility by appointment. People should visit our website for more information about all our activities.

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AZWINE: Why did you start the Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival and how long has it been going on? KJV: Our vineyard has been hosting the festival for five years. As I attended other festivals throughout the state, I realized there was not a festival in our area that brought together wineries from all over the state. We get a couple thousand people for the festival. They all love wine, live music, food, art, and an easy-going atmosphere.

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acreage in Elgin. It would be nice to expand production and storage areas, but that will come with time. Meanwhile, we own 40 acres near Willcox in the Kansas Settlement and that is our current project. We will start planting this spring and will plant three to five acres for starters. We are going to build a production facility, storage area, and tasting room that should be open in the next nine to twelve months. Our Kansas Settlement vineyard is near other wineries in that area, so we will be easy to find.

starting in full force. Then in October, he was in a T-bone car accident as a passenger, and again in November, he was in a head-on collision when another driver crossed over the center line into his lane at 60 miles-per-hour, totaling his truck. Kief survived both of these accidents and felt he was on the road to recovery. But during a computerized tomography (CT) scan to check his neck and back from the barrel accident, the doctors discovered he had lung cancer. They found a large tumor in Kief’s lower right lung, which

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AZWINE: Lastly, how about those signature mutton chops? What’s the story? KJV: I started shaving when I was 12 and I always hated shaving. When I graduated high school, I had a 9” goatee that went down to the middle of my chest. When I got into the wine business, I started growing the mutton chops because it cut down about 50% of my shaving time.

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There you have it. Now you know more about Kief and his vineyard. But let’s get back to the fact that this conversation might not have happened. Kief had a string of unfortunate events at the end of 2015. Although, in a strange way, one accident may have saved his life. During the first week of harvest, a full wine barrel fell off the storage rack onto his head, fracturing a vertebra in his neck. This was not good timing with harvest season just spring

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required the removal of a large piece of that lung. He is now free of cancer. So, you see, as luck would have it, if the barrel had not fallen on his head, Kief may not have dicovered he had lung cancer. And now, here we sit together on the patio at Kief-Joshua Vinyards, in the warmth of the late afternoon sun, talking about his vineyard, winemaking, and life. Lucky to be alive, Kief wants to have many more conversations.

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of producing memorable wines of outstanding quality, he needed to start in the vineyards and not focus solely on the winemaking. Inspired to meet present goals while preserving the land for future generations, Kief made the commitment to implement sustainable farming techniques from vineyard to bottle. The vineyard is free of herbicides and pesticides, and this environmentally sound approach will continue to be implemented over the years. Baby Doll sheep, an ancient breed measuring only two feet tall at maturity, have been integrated into the vineyard rows to graze on the green grass and weeds, enhancing both biodiversity and nutrient recycling. This practice will decrease the use of harsh pesticides to eradicate weeds and grasses, as well as cutting down on emissions to the air. The Audubon Society has placed several bird houses around the vineyard in hopes of repopulating a rare Bluebird found in Mexico. These birds are known to eat the “bad” bugs, and studies have shown they do not eat the grapes. Kief-Joshua Vineyard ensures natural crop nutrition by recycling organic matter, such as discarded and collected grape stems, for use as mulch in the vineyards, and the use of naturally occurring cover crops. These practices have many benefits. The use of mulch in the vineyard and planting of cover crops adds back desirable, rich, moist and long-lasting nutrients to the soil, and helps prevent soil erosion. The integration of desirable plants throughout the vineyards attracts advantageous insects, which helps to naturally resist pest and disease attacks from undesirable species. In lieu of discarding the wine barrels, Kief and his father, Jeff, are turning the old barrels into high-top barrel tables, end-tables, candle holders, bottles racks, clocks, chandeliers, and baskets. All are reasonably priced and for sale in the tasting room.

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Kief-Joshua Vineyards is a small family business with 20 acres in beautiful Elgin and 40 acres in Willcox Wine Country. The Elgin tasting room is open daily and is situated in the middle of what is known as “Winery Row.” Kief practices traditional winemaking methods of minimal interference, open fermentation and barrel aging. In 2006, Kief eliminated the use of herbicides and pesticides in the vineyard. “We strive for excellence in winemaking and sustainability in our vineyard,” says Kief. “I produce Arizona wines that demonstrate the intensity, richness and complexity of the area.” Kief-Joshua Vineyards is a winery defined by family, passion and enthusiasm. At Kief-Joshua Vineyards they specialize in dry, full-bodied wines, that are crafted by hand using traditional methods of barrel aging and gentle handling to produce top-quality wines for any occasion Their Vineyard practices are customized to match the particular characteristics of the soil to help the vines produce the best fruit possible, and to in turn, achieve the best wine possible. At the directon of Kief Manning, his team implements irrigation and nutrient regimes, trellis system and canopy management, rootstock and clone combinations, and pruning and cane selection for each block within the vineyard. Because of the land’s diverse geological makeup, even within one vineyard parcel there may be several different types of soil with different degrees of nutrients for vines and water-holding capacity. In addition, Kief practices sustainable farming techniques, such as composting, planting cover crops and other plant species to avoid soil erosion, adding desirable nutrients back into the soil to attract desirable insects, and integrating animals to naturally enhance biodiversity and nutrient recycling. Kief-Joshua Vineyards is practicing sustainable farming techniques to help protect the land. Kief realized early on that to achieve his goal

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Sonoita / Elgin

Sonoita-Elgin is one of the most beautiful and

spectacular regions in southern Arizona. Located in Arizona’s wine country at a cool elevation of 5,000 feet, the Sonoita plain is surrounded by breathtaking 9,000-foot mountain peaks. Considered high desert grassland, Sonoita is breathtaking with rolling hills, lush grasslands, Arizona ash and oak trees, and colorful wildflowers. No cactus here! With summer temperatures in the high 80s and 20 inches of annual precipitation, visitors will be pleasantly surprised at the cool climate change as they climb out of the desert along scenic state State Route 83, just 45 minutes south of greater Tucson.

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Originally an area devoted primarily to mining and ranching, a change has taken place in more recent years. Although cowboys and miners continue to be a part of the western community, the Sonoita-Elgin Valley has seen a move from traditional ranching to some new avenues of development. The SonoitaElgin region now hosts numerous year-round visitors from around the world. From adventures in outdoor activities such as hiking, bird-watching, camping and landscape photography, to the enjoyable indoor activities of shopping and wine tasting in friendly award-winning wineries, Sonoita-Elgin has something for everyone.

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Sonoita / Elgin Arizona Hops and Vines

Arizona Hops and Vines, Sonoita’s most laid-back winery, is conveniently located right on Highway 82, just a mile east of the intersection of Highways 82 and 83. It’s a small family winery that is awesome. The vineyard is the perfect setting to enjoy a glass of wine while relaxing on the beautiful patio overlooking the vines. Sisters Shannon and Megan and their business partner Summer have worked hard to create a fun atmosphere for the whole family. Taste their passion in their craft wines, and ask about the hops. This is a must-see, find out what all the buzz is about! Find out more on Facebook or on their website at AZHopsAndVines.com.  

Callaghan Vineyards

Located in the rolling oak-dotted hills of southeastern Arizona, at an elevation of 4,800 feet, Callaghan Vineyards produces rich, complex red and white wines from its 25acre vineyard. Mediterranean and Spanish varietals—Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, Mourvedre and Grenache—are the basic building blocks for their red blends, while Viognier and Riesling are blended for the estate wine. They soon will also include Marsanne, Roussane and Malvasia Bianca. From their first vintage in 1991, their wines have received many accolades from the most respected wine writers/publications in the world. Please visit them at CallaghanVineyards.com.

Charron Vineyards

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Charron Vineyards is a small, family-owned winery producing hand-crafted Arizona wines, located less than 30 minutes from downtown Tucson. Established in 1995 Charron Vineyards produces many distinctive wines including their award winning White Merlot. At 4,200 feet and surrounded by mountains, the grapes enjoy a cooler climate and fresh mountain air which helps make their awardwinning wines. Visit one of the oldest wineries in the state where you can sample an array of award-winning wines in the glass-enclosed tasting room or on the wine deck surrounded by mature vineyards and breathtaking mountain views. The tasting room is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dogs welcome. Please visit the website for more information. CharronVineyards.com

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Dos Cabezas WineWorks

Started by Arizona wine pioneer Al Buhl in 1995, Dos Cabezas WineWorks has been producing Arizona wines for almost 20 years. Now owned and operated by the Bostock family, Dos Cabezas farms the 15-acre Pronghorn Vineyard in Sonoita and the 37-acre Cimarron Vineyard in Willcox. The 2009 Dos Cabezas WineWorks “El Campo” was recognized as one of the top 100 wines tasted by the San Francisco Chronicle in 2012. Visit the winery and tasting room in Sonoita or learn more about the winery at DosCabezas.com.

Flying Leap Vineyards

Flying Leap Vineyards is Arizona’s newest domestic winery. With developed acreage in both the Sonoita AVA and Cochise County, Flying Leap offers a diverse portfolio of ultra premium, carefully crafted wines from tasting rooms at its estate vineyard on Elgin Road along the Sonoita Wine Trail and in historic downtown Willcox. Flying Leap’s 2011 vintage was handcrafted by Kent Callaghan of Callaghan Vineyards, one of Arizona’s most experienced and respected winemakers. Come experience the scenic beauty of southern Arizona wine country—fun and informative vineyard tours shown by appointment —call (520) 954-2935 or visit the website FlyingLeapVineyards.com.

Four Monkey Wines

Four Monkey Wines produces quality wines at reasonable prices; the four wines retail for around $19.99/bottle. The winery produced the Playful Monkey, a Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2007 Governor’s Choice Wine Competition Silver Medal Winner. The other three wines are the Sinful Monkey, the Naughty Monkey and the Cheeky Monkey—encompassing two reds and two whites, all representing individual personalities. For tastings visit the Village of Elgin Winery. Learn more at FourMonkeyWines.com.

Rune Wines

Rune: A mark or letter of mysterious or magical significance. Wine is the most ancient and influential beverage ever known to mankind. Through its craft, a story of time and place is bottled and consumed. For this reason, every wine has a story. Throughout time, man has had a passion for the grape. It has been spread across the known world, cultivated, and crafted into wines for millennia. To whom do we owe the honor of this noble fruit? The mysterious and even magical properties of the grapevine will undoubtedly captivate mankind for years to come as they have in the many years past. The story of the grape is just starting to be written, unlocked, and enjoyed. Learn more about our grape story. Visit RuneWines.com AZWINE lifestyle . com


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Sonoita / Elgin Hannah’s Hill Vineyard

Hannah’s Hill is a small family business- everything we make is hand crafted. We are proudly local. That means if you live in Arizona you can enjoy wine made within a day’s drive of your home. It also means as a member of Local First Arizona, we support other local small businesses. Equally important, we value and practice sustainability by managing our vineyard and winery to minimize our impact on the environment. Come visit us in Elgin! Don’t have time for a road trip? Visit us at on facebook at www.facebook.com or HannahsHillVineyard.com

Kief-Joshua Vineyards

Kief-Joshua Vineyards is a small family business with 20 acres in beautiful Elgin and 40 acres in Willcox Wine Country. Our Elgin tasting room is open daily and is situated in the middle of “winery row.” Winemaker, Kief Manning pursued viticulture studies in Australia, where he earned both a graduate and undergraduate degree in Viticulture and Enology.  He practices traditional winemaking methods of minimal interference, open fermentation and barrel aging.  Inspired by the dream to sustain our vineyard for hundreds of years, Kief is determined to grow vines that are virtually free of pesticides and herbicides. Our vineyard efforts focus a holistic farming approach developed in the 1920s by the Austrian scientistphilosopher Rudolf Steiner. While this philosophy encompasses many principles of organic farming, it goes further, requiring close attention to the varied forces of nature influencing the vine. It also emphasizes a closed, self-sustaining ecosystem. Kief-Joshua is a winery defined by family, passion and enthusiasm. Winemaking that will exceed your expectations. KJ-Vineyards.com.

Lightning Ridge Cellars

Rancho Rossa Vineyards is one of the largest familyowned wineries in the Sonoita area. They specialize in Ultra-Premium varietal bottlings from their 22 acres of estate plantings, using only 100 percent estate-grown fruit in their wines, the only winery in the area to do so. Their first vines were planted in 2002 and their second vineyard was planted in 2003. Rancho Rossa donates $0.10 to the American Cancer Society for every bottle of wine sold. Please visit the website at RanchoRossa.com to learn more.

Silver Strike Winery

“Our dream of having a vineyard and making wine started back in the 90s in Northern California. We thought what a joy it would be to have a vineyard and a winery! On a cheese tour in Northern California, we met a winemaker from the Russian River who encouraged us. After talking to him, our dream was confirmed. We were inspired to say the least!” After helping in California, Florida and Texas vineyards, Jann and Hank Bengel, found that their dream was becoming a reality. In 2006, they found the Cochise County area and knew that was the area for them. It took a while, five years. Now they are having the time of their lives making their own wines and having the pleasure of serving all those who visit their tasting room in historic Tombstone on Allen Street. SilverStrikeWinery.com

Sonoita Vineyards

Dr. Gordon Dutt, owner and founder of Sonoita Vineyards, is a retired soil scientist from the University of Arizona. As part of a research project back in 1973, he established an experimental vineyard on the red, acidic clay of the Babacomari Ranch in southern Arizona. The success of that vineyard and the quality of the wines from those grapes led to the planting of a commercial vineyard in 1979, the first in the Sonoita/Elgin area. Sonoita Vineyards’ winery opened in 1983 with a first-vintage production of 300 gallons. Today, Dr. Dutt’s granddaughter Lori is following in his footsteps and serves as the winemaker. They produce nearly 4,000 cases (9,500 gallons) per year from 10 different grape varieties including Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Over 90 percent of this production is sold through their beautiful and spacious tasting room. Enjoy their gift shop and special events facility with picturesque views of hillside vineyards, rolling grasslands and scenic mountain ranges. This facility is open daily (except major holidays) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit SonoitaVineyards.com for more info.

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After their first trip to Tuscany, Ron and Ann Roncone decided the wine they’d make would be based on their Italian heritage. Lightning Ridge Cellars, a small family winery, was established in 2005. It represents years of personal endeavor from the ground up. The Old World style of wines they make are simply the wines they enjoy most. Their estate wines are proudly made from classic Italian varietals: Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, Primitivo, Malvasia and Muscat Canelli. Located at 5,100-foot elevation, their vineyard enjoys long warm summers and cool nights to provide the perfect combination for rich, full-bodied wines. They welcome you to their Tuscan-themed winery and tasting room. LightningRidgeCellars.com

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Premium wines from crisp & fruity to bold & complex Open daily from 10 am to 4 pm except major holidays Private tours, tastings, luncheons or special events in our Vintage Room may be arranged Mark your calendar for these 2016 festivals:

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Tombstone Wine Works

Tombstone Wine Works, traditional wine making in the Old West’s Most Famous Town! Wines are aged a minimum of five years before being released to bring balance and harmony to the palate. With 10 wines to choose from, five dry and five on the sweeter side, there will be something for everyone.  Their wines are aged in both wood and stainless, helping to develop the unique character of each wine. Come experience pure Arizona in the Town Too Tough to Die! 15 North Fourth Street, right next to Schieffelin Hall off Freemont. Biker and kid friendly. TombstoneWineWorks.com

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Wilhelm Family Vineyards

In 2003, Kevin and Karyl Wilhelm bought 20 beautiful acres of rolling SonoitaElgin wine-growing land to begin their winemaking dream. Today Wilhelm Family Vineyards is planted with seven different varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Tempranillo and Albariño. Other Spanish and Rhone varietals are currently being explored. Along with their wines, the Wilhelm’s 6,000 sq. ft. winery is available for custom crush processing operations, barrel storage and small individual-lot winemaking. Karyl, their resident winemaker, has completed studies at U.C. Davis in the Winemaking Certification program. She prefers time-honored winemaking styles with patient guidance to nature’s best. Make sure you add Wilhelm Family Vineyards to your wine tour list. Come meet the family, sample their wines and perhaps even try your harvesting and winemaking skills at their facility. For the most current information about tasting hours, wine selection, and winery facility availability, visit WilhelmFamilyVineyards.com

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The Village of Elgin Winery emphasizes terroir. They stomp the grapes, use natural yeasts, hand craft and use only new wood casks. The winery accents small-lot red, white and rosé wines ranging from single varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese to traditional blended delights. Each wine is handcrafted by the winemakers/owners Gary and Kathy Reeves. The Village of Elgin Winery is home to the WORLD renowned Tombstone Red which has spawned three other wines including a seven-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon named Tombstone Gunslinger and two whites, Tombstone Rain and Tombstone Showdown. Their Dry Rosé was the Rosé category Best of Class at the Governor’s Choice. Please visit them at ElginWines.com.

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Sonoita/Elgin La Hacienda de Sonoita (520) 455-5308 HaciendaSonoita.com Sonoita Inn (520) 455-5935 SonoitaInn.com Rancho Milagro Bed & Breakfast (520) 455-0380 RanchoMilagrobnb.com Canelo Stone Cottage (303) 384-0471 VRBO.com/90775 Casita Dole Che (520) 455-0416 CasitaDoleChe.com Crown C Ranch (520) 455-5739 CrownCRanch.com Open Cross Ranch (520) 443-4603 OpenCrossRanchAZ.com Whisper’s Ranch Bed & Breakfast (520) 455-9246 WhispersRanch.com Xanadu Ranch Getaway Guest Ranch (520) 455-0050 XanaduRanchGetaway.com

Patagonia Roadrunner Retreat (360) 455-0220 RoadrunnerRetreat.zoomshare.com Spirit Tree Inn Bed & Breakfast (866) 394-0121 SpiritTreeInn.com Casita Frontera Guest Cottage (520) 604-6762 LaFronteraAZ.com/id60.html Circle Z Ranch (520) 394-2525 CircleZ.com Dos Palmas Vacation Home (866) 394-0056 DosPalmasAZ.com The Duquesne House Bed & Breakfast (520) 394-2732 TheDuquesneHouse.com Red Mountain Guest House (520) 394-2514 RedMtnCottage.com Stage Stop Inn (520) 394-2211 StageStopHotelPatagonia.com

Santa Cruz County Tubac Golf Resort & Spa (520) 398-2211 TubacGolfResort.com A Room With A View (520) 397-9297 PatagoniaView.com Hacienda Corona (520) 287-6503 HaciendaCorona.com

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4 Wilhelm Family Vineyards (Elgin) 21 Mountain Ranch Drive (520) 455-9291 Oct–April: Daily 11-5, May–Sept: Fri – Sun 11-5, And By Appointment wilhelmfamilyvineyards.com 5 Rancho Rossa Vineyards (Elgin) Fri–Sun: 10:30-3:30

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Charron Vineyards (Vail) Hill Vineyard (Sonoita) 18585 South Sonoita Hwy82 (e. of mile 40 s.(520) 762-8585(520) 456-9000 of Hwy 82) 13 Hannah’s 3989 Hwy –Sun: 10-6 Sat: charronvineyards.com Most10-5, Weekends & By Appointment hannahshill.com Sun: 10-4:30, and By Appointment

Dos Cabezas 3248 Hwy 82 15 N 4th Street (520) 455-5141(520) 261-1674 14WineWorks Tombstone(Sonoita) Wine Works (Tombstone) urs–Sun: 10:30-4:30 doscabezaswinery.com Daily: 12-6 tombstonewinery.com

AZ Hops and (Sonoita) (520) 955-4249(520) 678-8200 15Vines Silver Strike Winery (Tombstone) 3450 Hwy 82 334 E Allen Street urs: 11-4, Fri-Sun: azhopsandvines.com Daily: 10-6 12-6 silverstrikewinery.com

Wilhelm Family Vineyards DriveStreet (520) 455-9291(520)384-6030 16 Flying Leap(Elgin) Vineyards (Bisbee) 21 Mountain Ranch 67 N Main t–April: Daily 11-5, May–Sept: Fri – Sun 11-5, And By Appointment wilhelmfamilyvineyards.com Fri-Sat: 12-8, Sun: 12-6 flyingleapvineyards.com

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Silver Strike Winery and Tasting Room is located on Allen Street in the heart of historic Tombstone, AZ, just steps from the famous OK Corral. We feature Arizona wines made from Arizona grown grapes from vineyards located 50 miles east and west of Tombstone. These vineyards grow many Mediterrean grape varietals, originating from Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Portugal. We take great pride in our wine making, following the “DO AS LITTLE AS NEEDED� principal! Our wines taste of the grape, not chemicals! Consequently, our wines are both flavorful and smooth, from our Sangiovese to our Columbard, from our dry to our sweet wines!

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Arizona’s most fruitful vineyards, which produce almost 75% of the grapes grown in the state. A Willcox wine tasting experience includes visiting tasting rooms in historic downtown Willcox and sipping wine with owners and wine makers at their vineyard. These vineyards offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, which overlook miles and miles of grape vines. The Willcox climate is ideal year-round and perfectly paired with wonderful Arizona wines of the region. Willcox owes its initial existence to the Southern Pacific Railroad which first chugged through the area in 1880. The renovated historic Southern Pacific Depot is just one of the attractions in the revitalized downtown area of Willcox. The Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum and the Willcox Cowboy Hall of Fame pay tribute to the city’s most famous son, Rex Allen, and the ranching influence in Willcox. The Chiricahua Regional Museum houses many artifacts and exhibits of the area, as well as the Chiricahua Apache Indians, their great Chief, Cochise, and renegade Geronimo. The Marty Robbins Museum honors the music of Marty Robbins. Willcox blends rough-and-tumble country with friendly small-town attitude. From the solitude of hiking or riding a bike where wildlife roams freely, to enjoying a friendly local restaurant, art galleries, shopping, or relaxing at the town park, Willcox has a sense of community that is proud of its past and mindful of the future.

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Flying Leap Vineyards Tasting Room, Production Facility, Distillery, and Event Center in Elgin, Arizona

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t is spring 2016 and Flying Leap Vineyards is taking a huge leap forward. An impressive distillery and events venue is under construction next to their estate vineyard and winery in Elgin, while a major vineyard expansion is happening to the east at their Willcox Bench location. Add to this the fact that they’re preparing to open a tasting room in Sedona and it is evident that these are exciting times for this relatively young Arizona wine company. This sort of dynamic growth spurt in the moment, coupled with thoughtful planning for the future, is typical of this team. Considering that Flying Leap came into existence in 2010 and already encompasses five wine tasting rooms, an estate winery, two vineyard complexes, a subsidiary BBQ company, and all of the current projects in the works, it is certainly among the most agile and exciting wine companies Arizona has ever seen. What accounts for this military precision, discipline, and commitment to quality? To understand Flying Leap as an organization, let’s meet some of the primary personalities involved in its direction and growth. The name ‘Flying Leap Vineyards’ references the fact that co-founders Marc Moeller and Mark Beres are pilots who met in parachuting school when they were Air Force Academy freshmen. Early on in the venture they were joined by another longtime friend, Tom Kitchens, formerly of the U.S. Air Force, and then later by Rolf Sasse, formerly of the German Air Force. President, Co-Founder, and Viticulturist, Mark Beres, is also an engineer and experimental aircraft test pilot who

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winemakers including their Sonoita neighbor Kent Callaghan of Callaghan Vineyards and former owner/winemaker at Canelo Hills Vineyard, Tim Mueller. JUMP-STARTING A WINERY A winery needs wine, so while they were planting their original Willcox vineyards in 2011 and 2012, they were also making wines with fruit imported from California. As of the 2013 vintage, all FLV wines are made with 100% Arizonagrown grapes. Flying Leap has developed and installed their own proprietary systems for delivering nutrients, fertilizers and acids to the soil through their irrigation network. The vineyards are maintained and harvested by hand. Currently, all of the Willcox-grown fruit is processed at the Elgin winery. TASTING ROOM KICKOFF In February 2013, Flying Leap Vineyards acquired Canelo Hills winery and vineyard in Elgin, along with its inventory, which included many well-crafted Arizona wines. Purchasing this ‘turnkey’ winery gave Flying Leap a new home base for further and faster expansion. Just two days after closing on the Canelo Hills property, Flying Leap began offering their wines and the Canelo Hills wines in that location. Other wine tasting rooms quickly followed, including downtown Willcox in the historic Headquarters Saloon building, Main Street in Old Bisbee, St. Philip’s Plaza in Tucson, and a charming territorial-style property in Tubac. Each location is welcoming and interesting in its own way and features a slightly different lineup of FLV wines on the tasting bar. Flying Leap also collaborates with local small businesses to enhance the experience and offerings at their tasting rooms. One example is their Willcox-area neighbor, Udderly Natural Products, which makes hand-crafted goat milk soaps infused with FLV wine. Original artwork by local southern

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Arizona artists is featured in several locations as part of a collaborative arrangement between my own business, TRUST Art & Design, and Flying Leap. And they loved Sahuaritabased Arizona Rub so much they bought the company! This line of BBQ rubs, seasonings, and sauces is available in all of their tasting rooms. THE NEXT HURDLE As mentioned at the outset, Flying Leap Vineyards is building a state-of-the-art distillery in Elgin complete with a 650-liter pot still capable of distilling spirits up to 160 proof, which translates to 80% alcohol by volume, for brandy & whiskey and a large column still capable of distilling spirits up to 190 proof, or 95% alcohol by volume. Look for a wide variety of premium spirits including whiskies, brandies, grappa, vodka, gin & schnapps in the coming years. To provide grapes for brandy, they are currently prepping their newest Willcox vineyard property. This involves drilling a well, removing deeply rooted scrub mesquite trees, building irrigation systems, installing trellises, drilling holes to accommodate the planting of several thousand vines, and building a small lake which will collect monsoon runoff to supplement vineyard irrigation. What does the future hold for Flying Leap Vineyards? As the old saying goes ... the sky’s the limit.

Flying Leap Vineyards To learn more about all our locations, visit: www.FlyingLeapVineyards.com Thomas Ale Johnson owns and operates TRUST Art & Design and Wines of Willcox. Visit TRUSTArtand Design.com and WillcoxWines.com for more information

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Willcox Aridus Wine Company

Aridus [air•i•dus] latin for dry or arid. Aridus Wine Company is the largest custom crush facility in Arizona. With state of the art equipment, Aridus Wine Company produces local award-winning wines for their clients, and for their own label - ARIDUS. Tasting Room is located at 145 N Railview Ave., Willcox, which is open 7 days a week, however their facility Portfolio Tasting Room is by appointment only. Aridus Tasting Room, (520) 766-9463. Aridus Portfolio Tasting Room (520) 766-2926. AridusWineCo.com

Bodega Pierce and Saeculum Cellars

Bodega Pierce highlights wines made exclusively from the 17 varieties of grapes grown at our family’s estate vineyard in Willcox, AZ. The wines are designed to express the high desert terroir of the Willcox Bench that we have found to be unsurpassed in producing spectacular world class wines. We aim to provide other Arizona wine drinkers with a consistent product that over-delivers on quality. Saeculum Cellars showcases our smaller winemaking projects. Allowing us to satisfy our own curiosity and explore the never-ending possibilities that exist in the world of wine making. Take a moment to savor the time, the place and the people around you when drinking our wines. Cheers and Salud! Bodega Pierce Tasting Room Open Thursday thru Sunday, 11AM to 5PM. or by appointment, 602-320-1722. BodegaPierce.com SaeculumCellars.com

Carlson Creek

In the shadow of the Chiricahua Mountains at 4,300 feet, lies the fertile Kansas Settlement farmland. Oregon Pinot Noir pioneer Dick Erath chose this unique site to plant his Cimarron Vineyard. Planting traditional grapes alongside unique varietals, Erath plans to create wines to please the most discerning palate while retaining Arizona’s unique terroir. His wines are available through the tasting room at Dos Cabezas WineWorks in Sonoita and select Arizona wine stores and restaurants.

Coronado Vineyards

In the early morning shadows of the Dos Cabezas Mountains Mark and Jacque Cook planted the first vines at their El Pinito Vineyard in spring 2005. The vineyard is named for its lone, majestic pine tree, all that remains of what once was a golf course. The vines flourished and Coronado Vineyards is now proud to introduce you to their awardwinning wines. Each wine is drafted to be a unique experience. We have sweet table wines, exciting blends, including gold-medal sparkling wine Dolce Veritas, plus fine varietals including Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling. El Pinito vineyard and their Tapas Lounge, which offers the perfect setting to enjoy wine and appetizers with a few friends, or hold a large private event or wedding. Coronado Vineyards and their warm inviting staff can ensure that your special event will be one to remember. Come experience all that Coronado Vineyards has to offer. An adventure in wine tasting awaits you. CoronadoVineyards. com

Flying Leap Vineyards

Flying Leap Vineyards is Arizona’s newest domestic winery. With developed acreage in both the Sonoita AVA and Cochise County, Flying Leap offers a diverse portfolio of ultra premium, carefully crafted wines from tasting rooms at its estate vineyard on Elgin Road along the Sonoita Wine Trail, its tasting room in historic downtown Willcox and opening this fall is Bisbee. Flying Leap’s 2011 vintage was handcrafted by Kent Callaghan of Callaghan Vineyards, one of Arizona’s most experienced and respected winemakers. Come experience the scenic beauty of southern Arizona wine country – fun and informative vineyard tours shown by appointment—call (520) 954-2935 or visit the website FlyingLeapVineyards.com.

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Carlson Creek Vineyard is dedicated to the production of fine wine from Arizona. Carlson Creek is a family owned and operated vineyard. Although a young company, they are filled with a passion for the grapevine. The vineyard’s elevation provides a perfect climate for growing wine grapes. Visit Carlson Creek Vineyard and discover this great new vineyard and stop by their Willcox tasting room located near Historic Railroad Park. Learn more by checking out the website at CarlsonCreek.com.

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Willcox Fort Bowie Vineyards

Wine, nuts, candy, gift items and more! From I-10 take exit 362 or 366 into the town of Bowie. Turn north (past the post office) on N. Jefferson Ave. Park at the corner of N. Jefferson Ave. and Kinchilla St.

Golden Rule Vineyards

Nestled near the northern tip of the Dragoon Mountains, Golden Rule Vineyards enjoys an exciting blend of quartz and limestone soils and excellent water resources in combination with a high-desert climate that provides excellent growing conditions for premium quality grapes . Owners Jim and Ruth Graham, are proud of their wines. “We believe our wines certainly represent the distinct arid terroir and our passion for excellence both in the growing of our fruit and the making of our wines.” Varietals currently in production include Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Come discover and experience the wonders of authentic Arizona premium wine and pistachios, and make genuine friendships and memories with us! Visit their tasting room, now open Thursday - Sunday 11AM - 5PM. GoldenRuleVineyards.com

Keeling Schaefer Vineyards

They are committed to creating hand-crafted wines that reflect the unique characteristics of the Chiricahua Mountain foothills in southeastern Arizona. Their philosophy of winemaking is to select the perfect varietals and let nature do its magic with little intervention as possible, letting the fruit speak for itself. Rhone varietals flourish in the volcanic soils of the 5,000-foot elevation estate. Add clean air, pure water, mountain breezes, and four seasons, and we have the key ingredients that create our outstanding terroir. Visit this magical place and experience the exceptional wines of the LDV Winery. Go to LDVWinery.com or call (602) 320-1485 to join the LDV Sky Islander Wine Club, purchase their wines, arrange for a visit or attend an upcoming event. The LDV Winery – Wine Gallery in Downtown Scottsdale for wine tastings, wine purchase, retail products, art gallery, and event space. Tours of the vineyard/winery are by appointment only. LDVWineGallery.com

Passion Cellars at Salvatore Vineyards

“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it” - Buddha. Wine is our passion! We fell in love with the culture of wine during our extensive travels to various wine regions around the world. Upon returning to Arizona we fortunately stumbled across an issue of Arizona Vines & Wines Magazine. We were surprised to learn of the thriving wine industry growing in our own state. Motivated by our love of wine and excited to be a part of it, our family purchased land on the Willcox Bench with the dream of having our own vineyard. Visit our new tasting room in Willcox or our Jerome location. We are a small family business that seeks to pursue our love of wines and share it with you. PassionCellars.com

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At 5,000 feet above sea level, the summer climate of warm, sunny days and cool, high desert nights combine with the unique rhyolite volcanic soils to create wine with special characteristics. They produce estate grown and bottled wine on 21 acres of vineyards located on Rock Creek on the western slope of the Chiricahua Mountains in far southeastern Arizona. They live on the estate, a little wine ranch on the side of the mountain, a quiet place far from the city, where one’s life plays out along with the wine season. Visit their tasting room in Historic Downtown Willcox. They are open Wednesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (520) 766-0600 or KeelingSchaeferVineyards.com.

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Willcox Pillsbury Wine Company

Sam Pillsbury, noted filmmaker, first planted vines on the Willcox Bench in 2000 when he was a partner in Dos Cabezas with Al Buhl. Since then he started his personal dream project in 2006 with 100 acres of prime desert vineyard land near his original vineyard in Kansas Settlement. Sam’s dream was to celebrate the local terroir... an Arizona Chateauneuf, a sustainable Rhone vineyard producing premium quality hand-made 100 percent Arizona boutique wines. In the future, plans are to create an architecturally stunning wine village with 27 dwellings, a spa, and restaurant serving food organically grown on the land. What was once bare land is now a showpiece 100 percent Sonoita-soil vineyard. 2014 marked the opening of their on-site winery, and Pillsbury Wine Company SOUTH—their tasting room on their vineyard estate. Pillsbury wines have won stellar reviews and are in some of the best restaurants and resorts in the state. Pillsbury Wine Company NORTH is open in Old Town Cottonwood, a place where you can taste Sam’s wines, view stunning art and visit with other Arizona wine lovers. Learn more at PillsburyWine.com.

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Zarpara Vineyard

Enjoy outstanding wine among the vines at Zarpara Vineyard. The vineyard, winery and tasting room are nestled beneath the Dos Cabezas Mountains on the Willcox Bench—a premier wine growing region, just a few minutes south of historic downtown Willcox. Bring along a tasty picnic to enjoy on the outdoor terrace and experience breathtaking views of the mountains while you sample exceptional, hand-crafted wines. Slow down, stroll through the vineyard, and savor the scenery of this broad valley and its sky islands. See the website at Zarpara.com for opening hours and directions.

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Located on the Willcox Bench at 4,300 feet in elevation, Rob and Sarah Hammelman tend to SandReckoner Vineyards. The vines, grown on rocky, sandy loam soil, contend with the elements to fully express Arizona’s rugged high desert. Rob’s winemaking endeavors have taken him to Australia and France, and his wines represent a synergy between New and Old World winemaking. Wines produced by this new venture include Malvasia Bianca, a rosé based on Nebbiolo, and reds from Sangiovese, Syrah and Zinfandel. Tastings are offered at their Willcox winery location by appointment. Sand-Reckoner.com.

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100 N. Railroad Avenue flyingleapvineyards.com

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5 Carlson Creek Tasting Room Thurs-Sun: 11-5

115 Railview Avenue carlsoncreek.com

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6 Keeling Schaefer Tasting Room Wed–Sun: 11-5

154 N. Railroad Avenue keelingschaefervineyards.com

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7 Aridus Wine Company Thurs-Sun: 12–5

145 N. Railview Avenue ariduswineco.com

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8 Sand-Reckoner Vineyards By Appointment Only

130 S. Haskell Avenue sand-reckoner.com

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9 Pillsbury Vineyard and Winery Sat-Sun: 11-5, Or By Appointment

6450 S. Bennett Place pillsburywine.com

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10 Zarpara Vineyard Fri-Sun: 11-5, Mon-Thurs: By Appointment

6777 S. Zarpara Lane zarpara.com

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11 Bodega Pierce and Saeculum Cellars Thurs-Sun: 11-5, Or By Appointment

4511 E. Robbs Road bodegapierce.com

(602) 320-1722

12 LDV Winery By Appointment Only

13922 S. Kuykendall Cutoff Rd. ldvwinery.com

(602) 320-1485

13 Aridus Wine Company Crush Facility By Appointment Only

1126 N. Haskell Avenue ariduswineco.com

(520) 766-2926

14 Keeling Schaefer Vineyards Wine Club Events Only

10277 E. Rock Creek Lane keelingschaefervineyards.com

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Directions to vineyard tasting rooms on the Willcox Bench Pillsbury Vineyard and Winery

From Historic Downtown Willcox. Take US-186E south over railroad tracks. Veer right onto Kansas Settlement Road. Turn left on E. Robbs Road. Turn left on S. Bennett Place. Just past the vineyards, turn right. Follow lane to vineyard tasting room.

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From Historic Downtown Willcox. Take US-186E south over railroad tracks. Veer right onto Kansas Settlement Road. Turn left on E. Robbs Road. Turn right into the driveway past the small pecan orchard.

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From Historic Downtown Willcox. Take US-186E south over railroad tracks. Veer right onto Kansas Settlement Road. Turn left on E. Arzberger Road. Turn left on S. Lucky Lane. Turn left on Vineyard Drive. Turn right on S. Zarpara Lane. Turn left at gate and drive ahead to tasting room.

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Verde Valley & Beyond

Located in beautiful Northern Arizona, the Verde Valley Wine Trail invites wine enthusiasts to experience a destination rich in history, beauty, and the production of exquisite Arizona wines.

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The Verde Valley includes roughly 714 square miles located in the geographic center of Arizona, about 100 miles north of the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Verde River runs through the valley from northwest to southeast and is augmented by flows from Sycamore Canyon, Oak Creek, Beaver Creek and West Clear Creek. The area is unsurpassed in its variety of physical beauty with the red rocks and Mogollon Rim to the north and east, and the Black Hills and Mingus Mountain dominating the western and southern portions of the valley.

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When: May 7th 12-4pm Where: Clarkdale Town Park The Verde Valley Wine Festival is Northern Arizona’s premier Culinary and Wine festival of the year presented by Made in Clarkdale, on Saturday, May 7th at the historic Clarkdale Park from 12 PM – 4 PM. Please visit www.verdevalleywinefestival.com for more details. Tickets can be purchased at www.verdevalleywinefevstival.com starting March 1st.

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Burning Tree Cellars A visit to Burning Tree Cellars is a “must do” item for your bucket list! Burning Tree specializes in small batch, meticulously maintained, boutique wines utilizing the finest available fruit sources, quality oak, and patience. Their wines will never be pushed through chain supermarkets or over marketed, but rather built through the power of suggestion and knowledge that we are all part of something special. Burning Tree wines are, and always will be, for each other, their families, and their friends. Partners Corey Turnbull and Mitch Levy (pictured left) offer up some of the best wines in the Verde Valley. Burning Tree’s tasting room, including a large outdoor patio, is located in Old Town Cottonwood. Stop in anytime during the day to experience wine tasting in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere, with a staff that treats everyone like family. Better yet, arrive early in the afternoon and get a table on their outdoor patio. It’s the place to be in “Old Town” for people-watching while enjoying some fine cheese and crackers, and sipping delectable wines while basking in the warmth of the sun.

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AZWINE’s cover photo shoot was inspired by the unique character of patios at vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms throughout the state. Mitch, Corey and their staff hosted AZWINE and friends during the shoot. On the next page are just two of the many wines we tasted from Burning Tree’s fine selection. These should get your mouth watering. Tis the season to explore Arizona wine trails and see how many outdoor patios you can check off your bucket list!

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The Architect (2012) Clean and refreshing waves of green melon, mandarin orange and chamomile with pear, apple, and slate. Just enough acidity and structure to balance out the rich fruit. The Impressionist (2013)

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Aussie like in its presentation of heady rich blackberry peach compote with hints of roasted meats, coriander and sumac. The palate has waves of ripe confectionary fruits with a long juicy finish. Hedonistic.

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TWO ARIZONA TASTING ROOMS Pillsbury Wine Company North 1012 N. Main Street Old Town Cottonwood (928) 639-0646

Pillsbury Vineyard & Winery 6450 S. Bennett Place Willcox (520) 384-3964 (310) 508-3348

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Verde Valley & Beyond Alcantara Vineyards

Alcantara Vineyards is a dream venture created by owner Barbara Predmore. Barbara and her husband Bob started the vineyard to provide their family and partners the opportunity to work and develop a vineyard community, and to develop a winery that produces wines that are comparable to the best of California and Europe. Barbara spent four years of research and diligence using the best consultants from the University of Arizona and UC Davis, as well as support from her family at the noted Martin-Weyrich Vineyards in Central California. Alcantara Vineyards is perched on 87 acres of sloping terrain off the Verde River and Oak Creek. The Tuscan Farmhouse serves as the tasting room, where they host the many friends and guests that visit from around the globe. Check out their “green” winery building when you visit! Explore their website at AlcantaraVineyard.com.  

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards

Arizona Stronghold was formed based on the belief that the soils and climate of southeastern Arizona stand up to the finest in the world. Our goal is to bring Arizona wines to the national stage, promoting them as value and quality based. Great wine doesn’t have to be expensive; it doesn’t have to be pretentious; and it shouldn’t be hard to find. It just has to be great and made by people that care. Arizona Stronghold’s vineyard is located about 20 miles north of Willcox, at the foot of the Graham Mountains. The winery is located in Camp Verde and the tasting room is in Old-Town Cottonwood. The team at Arizona Stronghold tends vines planted as long ago as 1985 and as recently as 2011, in a broad mix of varietals. AZStronghold.com.

Burning Tree Cellars

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Burning Tree Cellars specializes in small batch, meticulously maintained, boutique wines utilizing the finest available fruit sources, quality oak and patience. “Our wines will never be pushed through chain supermarkets or over-marketed, but rather built through the power of suggestion and knowledge that we are all part of something special. These wines are, and always will be, for ourselves, our families and our friends.” These handcrafted wines are available at their tasting room in Old Town Cottonwood. Sit on the patio. Listen to live music every weekend. Check them out online at BurningTreeCellars.com.

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Caduceus Cellars

Perched on the side of the South East facing slopes of Jerome, AZ, Caduceus Cellars is making high elevation wines out of predominantly Italian and Spanish varietals from 40 acres in NAZ and 80 acres in SAZ. Owners and Winemakers, Maynard & Jennifer Keenan, are producing roughly 6000 cases a year in their tiny underground cement facility known as The Bunker. Open topped 1/2 ton bin maceration, modified temp controlled carbonic maceration, and/or submerged cap fermentation for the Reds, and whole cluster pressed stainless steel cold fermentation for the Whites and Rose’s. The epitome of a boutique owner owned and operated winery. Tasting room open 365 days a year in Downtown Jerome. Twitter: @caduceuscellars, FB: www.facebook.com/caduceuscellars, Instagram: puscifer, Website: Caduceus.org.

Cellar 433

Arizona’s wine industry embodies ingenuity and innovation. Vigneron John McLoughlin doesn’t just own a winery. The Dragoon Mountain Vineyard near Willcox is meticulously attended to by John himself. Stark contrast between hot desert days and cool valley nights shape one of the world’s most unique growing regions in southeastern Arizona. With over three decades of experience from dirt to bottle, John McLoughlin’s creed has originated a family of wines ranging from approachable to esoteric. At the tasting room in beautiful, historic Jerome, savor Arizona wines while being mesmerized by breathtaking views. Cellar 433 does book private and special events, too. Cellar433.com

Cellar Dwellers

Winemaker John Scarbrough is dedicated to making delicious and unique small batch wines. With enthusiasm and a love for the craft of winemaking, he has set out to create great Arizona wines that are interesting, taste great and are made with passion. Cellar Dwellers wines are now available in restaurants and wine tasting rooms in Arizona. You can sample these great boutique wines at Fire Mountain Wines Tasting Room located in Old Town Cottonwood. FireMountainWines.com/cellarDwellers.htm

Clear Creek Vineyard & Winery

Born out of a desire to make wine, Ignacio Mesa, would have a long wait for his dreams to materialize. He took his first viticulture course in his early twenties but family and career were his immediate focus. Thirty years later, Ignacio was ready to begin his search for the right mix of terrior, water and location to plant his vineyard. Now a mature vineyard Ignacio has been harvesting grapes and aging wine for over ten years. The new winery facility was completed in 2014 and is now open for tastings by appointment. The ideal pastoral respite for you to relax in and sip our RIO CLARO WINES. RioClaroWines.com.

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The Scapegoat: Classic Bordeaux aromatics and structure. Plum, red cherry, and spice with subtle green tobacco and white flowers. Soft and rich on the palate. This wine has great acid, low alcohol, and impeccable balance. Should age gracefully for a while.

The Matador: Aromatics of dark blackberry, freshly turned earth with hints of graham cracker, dried flowers and orange peel. The palate is soft and approachable, echoing the aromas of dark fruits and flowers. This has a long finish with gripping tannins.

The Mirror: Expressive sweet plum and blackberry with hints of tobacco, mesquite, creosote and toasted marshmallow. The palate is not shy, exhibiting plenty of fleshy black fruits, huge tannins and a long finish. All this glorious fruit came from the Ranchita Canyon Vineyard in San Miguel, California.

over marketed, but rather built through the power of suggestion and knowledge that we are all part of something special. These wines are, and always will be for each other, our families, and our friends.

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The Peddler: Rich and tropical with papaya, guava, and green apple on the nose. The palate is juicy with notes of banana, peach, and starfruit with a refreshing minerality that supplies a mouth-watering finish. This viognier is our first white release at Burning Tree Cellars.

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The Lotus: This dark wine exhibits aromas of plum, black cherry, and candied raspberry, with earthy notes of leather, clay, and sage. For a wine this big and dark, it is also very light on its feet with bright fruit, clean acidity, and a soft finish with gripping tannins.

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Verde Valley & Beyond Echo Canyon Winery

Arizona wine pioneer, Jon Marcus is back from a long hiatus. Jon had some personal and medical issues that forced him to let the vineyard go fallow. He is currently cloning the 700 vines that managed to survive including Cabernet, Cab Franc and Syrah on his Echo Canyon vineyard in Page Springs. Also planned for the site are lots of organic fruits and vegetables too. Taste his long cellared wines at his tasting room in Jerome, across from the House of Joy.

Fire Mountain Wines

Fire Mountain symbolizes the transition between day and night, light and dark, as the circle of life ends and begins again. This Sacred universal process is also expressed by the vine as it digs into the earth and reaches to the sky, creating fruit from our ancestral lands that eventually fills the bottle for you. Our wine blends are inspired by emotion and connectivity through our spiritual ties to place. Fire Mountain offers two brands of wine. Fire Mountain Wines include Earth, Wind & Fire and Cellar Dwellers offers Cicada, Tarantula Hawk and Canvas. Learn more by visiting FireMountainWines.com.

Four Eight Wineworks

Four Eight WINEWORKS: Wine Makers Co-Operative. Incubator. Passion Vortex. Metaphorical Leg Up. Ground Zero for the infinite possibilities and paths each of our individual tenants will manifest. Current tenants include: Joseph Bechard- Chateau Tumbleweed, Tim White- The Kindred Project, Iniquus & Revelation Cellars, Michael Pierce- Saeculum Cellars, MJ Keenan- The Kindred Project & Merkin Vineyards. “When shared vision, knowledge, and perspective be our bones, no winter can take us.” Ronald P. Vincent. The Tasting Room is located in Historic downtown Clarkdale, AZ. Twitter: @four8wineworks, FB: www. facebook.com/four8wineworks, Instagram: four8wineworks, Website: Four8Wineworks.com.

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In 2002, the Petznick family purchased the D.A.Ranch in Page Springs Arizona and quickly saw the potential that the elevation and moderate climate brought for growing premium grapes. Varietals including Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Tannat and Seyval Blanc were planted in the volcanic soil and now thrive producing small batch 100% estate wines. Our wine can be found at select restaurants, retail stores and wine festivals and at the D.A.Ranch by appointment only. DARanch.com.

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Freitas Vineyard

Freitas Vineyard is hidden away on the outskirts of Cottonwood. A small vineyard, it’s the dream of Ray Freitas. She planted the three-and-a-half-acre vineyard, located near the Verde River, in 2000 and has been tending her vines since. Her mission is to produce fruit-forward wines, well-balanced in flavor, color and aroma in order to stimulate and enhance your wine tasting experience. Ray calls her Malvasia “sunlight in a bottle.” Freitas Vineyard produces only estate-grown wines, utilizing the European tradition. You can taste Ray’s wines at Old Town Cooperage in Cottonwood. For more information visit FreitasVineyard.com.

Granite Creek Vineyards

From a love of the land sprang a relationship with grapes that culminated in superb, award-winning, living wines with no added sulfites. Granite Creek Vineyards was founded in 1974 when owners Kit and Robin Hoult planted grapevines and began the 40-year legacy of Arizona’s first and only Certified Organic Vineyard. Granite Creek Vineyards is a scenic location to savor the ambiance of the vineyard’s rural roots. Relax with great food provided by Block Six Catering and enjoy live music seasonally on Saturdays. This historic 100-year-old Arizona farmstead has been nurtured to become sips of the enduring pleasures of fine wine. To learn more visit their website at GraniteCreekVineyards.com

Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery

Javelina Leap is a family operated, premium boutique winery with international award winning wines and service, including the Trip Advisor award of excellence, and 6 awards from the prestigious 2015 San Francisco Chronicle out of 6,300 wines entered . Our winery is in northern Arizona’s Verde Valley, minutes away from Sedona in the small historic valley of Page Springs. When you visit us, you will be sampling wines at a fully functional vineyard and winery. On Fridays and Saturdays, enjoy a relaxed intimate discussion with Dr. Balda about grape growing and wine making, complimentary with your tasting. Relax in the Arizona room and private garden, where we serve artisan cheese platters, deli meats, artisan pizza and wines by the glass or bottle. During the harvest season (End of August to beginning of October) you can watch wine actually being made. Arizona grapes are picked, de-stemmed, fermented, pressed, aged, bottled and labeled at Javelina Leap. Visit us on your vacation or day trip. Whether you’re with friends and family or on a romantic getaway for two, you’ll always be welcome at Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery. Our staff is fun, knowledgeable and very familiar with the area. Regardless of your own level of experience, we’re happy to answer your questions about everything from wine and restaurants to local attractions and outdoor activities. Wine is fun! So drop by and have some! JavelinaLeapWinery.com.

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Verde Valley & Beyond Oak Creek Vineyards

Deb Wahl, owner of Oak Creek Vineyards and Winery, has heard many times that “good wine grows on gentle slopes with a river nearby,” which is why her vineyard is located near beautiful Sedona, across from Oak Creek. In the higher elevations of the property, they grow Syrah and Merlot; in the lower portion they produce Zinfandel and Chardonnay. They produce full-bodied flavorful reds and lean whites in small batches, giving individual attention to each barrel. Come in and taste them at the new bar and browse through the unique gifts on display. The outside seating is perfect to sip a glass of wine and enjoy food from a well-stocked deli case. They are open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. OakCreekVineyards.net

Page Springs Cellars

This year, Page Springs Cellars celebrates their 10th anniversary of creating award-winning wines that express the unique character of landscape. Family owned and established as a Rhone House, they have expanded beyond that definition by experimenting with new techniques both in the cellar and in the field – including ageing wines on toasted Arizona Oak.  “Our mission is to craft amazing wines that pay respect to the land we farm and the community that supports our vision.”  Tucked into the volcanic landscape just fifteen minutes south of Sedona, Page Springs Cellars sits on a breathtaking property along the banks of Oak Creek.  With a calendar full of educational and entertaining events they also offer onsite amenities including bocce, horseshoes, vineyard massage, winery tours and picnic baskets with gourmet treats.  Plus a wine club that offers members access to special events and benefits.  Come explore high elevation terroir!  PageSpringsCellars.com

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“Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it” - Buddha. Wine is our passion! We fell in love with the culture of wine during our extensive travels to various wine regions around the world. Upon returning to Arizona we fortunately stumbled across an issue of Arizona Vines & Wines Magazine. We were surprised to learn of the thriving wine industry growing in our own state. Motivated by our love of wine and excited to be a part of it, our family purchased land on the Willcox Bench with the dream of having our own vineyard. We are excited to be the newest addition to the Jerome wine tasting experience. We are a small family business that seeks to pursue our love of wines and share it with you. PassionCellars.com

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Pillsbury Wine Company

Sam Pillsbury, noted filmmaker, first planted vines on the Willcox Bench in 2000 when he was a partner in Dos Cabezas with Al Buhl. Since then he started his personal dream project in 2006 with 100 acres of prime desert vineyard land near his original vineyard in Kansas Settlement. Sam’s dream was to celebrate the local terroir... an Arizona Chateauneuf, a sustainable Rhone vineyard producing premium quality hand-made 100 percent Arizona boutique wines. In the future, plans are to create an architecturally stunning wine village with 27 dwellings, a spa, and restaurant serving food organically grown on the land. What was once bare land is now a showpiece 100 percent Sonoita-soil vineyard. 2014 marked the opening of their on-site winery, and Pillsbury Wine Company SOUTH— their tasting room on their vineyard estate. Their wines have won stellar reviews and are in some of the best restaurants and resorts in the state. Pillsbury Wine Company NORTH is open in Old Town Cottonwood, a place where you can taste Sam’s wines, view stunning art and visit with other Arizona wine lovers. Learn more at PillsburyWine.com.

The Grand Canyon Winery

The Grand Canyon Winery, proudly owned and operated by the Kennelly Family, sits in the heart of historic downtown Williams. The family has been in the hospitality industry in Northern Arizona for over twenty years. The Grand Canyon Winery is their newest project inspired by their love for Arizona and excitement over its emerging wine culture. Like most native Arizonans the Kennellys have great pride in their state and believe in supporting local communities. The AZ wine community shares the belief that if one succeeds they all succeed and the Kennellys are proud to be a part of this community. Travel Far. Drink Local. TheGrandCanyonWinery.com

Chateau Tumbleweed

Chateau Tumbleweed is a collaboration of four friends – two husband-and-wife teams – who, after working more than 30 combined years for other Arizona wineries, recently left their “day jobs” to focus on their own project. We have a great friendship, a penchant for absurdity and complementary skills in vineyard management, winemaking, wine sales and bookkeeping/ administration. Beginning as a concept dreamed up in Arizona’s beautiful White Mountains, we crafted our first wine – only three barrels – in 2011. After three vintages of making our wine at the Four-Eight Wineworks Winemaker’s Cooperative in Camp Verde (2012-2014), we took the plunge, purchased a Clarkdale building and converted it into our dream winery and tasting room. Visitors will have a window into a working winery as they taste a range of our delicious high-desert wines in our groovy tasting room or on our patio with panoramic views of the beautiful Verde Valley. Check our website for hours, information and cool events. Visit ChateauTumbleweed.com.

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Verde Valley & Beyond Made in Arizona

Conveniently located in the heart of Uptown Sedona inside the historic Oak Creek Marketplace, Made in Arizona Wine and Gift proudly serves the community as the first Arizona wine tasting bar in the state. We are a family owned wine and gift store that specializes in carrying products that are guaranteed “Made in Arizona”. Don’t have time to visit the local wineries? Look no further. We offer a unique selection of Arizona wines from all over the state that are available for tasting everyday. Stop in and learn about our wine industry from our friendly staff. The fun doesn’t stop there; you can drink while you shop! Our store has a great selection of locally made cactus products, artwork, pottery, jewelry, hot sauces, salsas, wine accessories and more! We are open 365 days a year, so stop in anytime and see what makes Arizona’s first wine tasting bar the place to be. www.facebook.com/ MadeinArizonaWineandGift

The Art of Wine

The Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College

The Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College is a premier wine industry and community resource, offering a comprehensive hands-on education from vineyard-to-bottle with degree and certificate programs in viticulture and enology. The wine center features a 12-acre estate vineyard, 3,000 case capacity teaching winery and tasting room. As the only college in the southwest offering degree programs in Viticulture and Enology, Yavapai College is the centerpiece in higher education for the region’s wine industry. The Southwest Wine Center strives to demonstrate and promote practices that are environmentally sound and resource conserving. Come enjoy our award winning wines and breath taking Verde Valley views at our tasting room. For more information or to sign up for classes, visit SouthwestWineCenter.org

The Producers at The Collective Sedona

Located in The Collective Sedona off Highway 179 in the Village of Oak Creek, The Producers Tasting Rooms is the newest feature in an impressive lineup of attractions for this up-and-coming entertainment plaza. Making the impressive list of wineries, distillers and brewers are ​Grand Canyon Winery/Historic Brewing, Four Eight Wineworks and Flying Leap. More wineries, both local and beyond, are being added regularly so be sure to make The Producers a must-see destination on your wine tour! The Collective Sedona has breathtaking views, exquisite dining, boutique shopping, elegant weddings, artisan coffees, cultural events, wine tasting, local spirits, artist galleries and the world’s largest 3D printer, we’re creating a truly tasteful, eclectic and uniquely Sedona experience. TheCollectiveSedona.com

Sedona’s premier wine tasting room. Ideally situated in the scenic Hyatt Pinon Pointe shopping galleria south of Uptown Sedona. The Art of Wine is dedicated to presenting a wide selection of the best of Arizona wines. We offer wines from over 25 Arizona wineries located throughout the state as well as Arizona craft beer and meads from the state’s best Meadery. Along with the many Arizona wines, we also carry potentially the largest selection of South African wine in the state as well as other international wines. Sunday thru Friday we offer flights of Arizona wines, dessert wines, ports and meads. On Saturdays we host our own mini wine festival with an expanded selection of wines, including many international and West Coast wines from some of the most notable regions and wineries – we even offer a chocolate pairing. We’re excited to share these fantastic wines and look forward to enjoying great times with you. ArtOfWineSedona.com

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Prescott Winery, the first tasting room to join the city’s array of attractions, is an easy walk from Whiskey Row, located just a few blocks east of the downtown square. Set in a small, charming house, visitors can enjoy wine either inside or on the patio in an inviting and comfortable environment. Many of the wines are named in celebration of the city, such as One Fifty - a 2012 white blend - commemorating Prescott’s 150th birthday in 2014. We are a small batch, limited release winery focused on creating Arizona Wine. PrescottWinery.com

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topographical maps, they were still unsure. Finally, Jack was able to figure it out and learned that the property had been on the market for Helen Varner was four years. The following born in 1908 in West June, Jack flew Helen Virginia. Her father was in his private plane to a doctor. She attended Prescott, Arizona. He one year at the Chicago would not divulge the Art Institute and married reason for the trip. He a man named Anderson borrowed a car and drove at the age of 22. In 1932, over Mingus Mountain just seven months after through Jerome and into her marriage, on her way Cottonwood in search of to Reno, Nevada by train the realtor. Not finding to obtain a divorce, she the realtor, Jack located met Cornelius Vanderbilt, the realtor’s secretary, and Jr., who was immediately she found someone who Original label for wine produced at Cross Creek Ranch smitten with her. They could take the Fryes to married in 1935 and were meet the realtor, Andrew divorced on December 18, Baldwin, at Baldwin’s Crossing in Sedona. After walking the property 1940. Fourteen days later, on January 1, 1941, in Phoenix, Arizona, and meeting the realtor at the Armijo’s former home, the Fryes Helen married Jack Frye, a famous aviator and then President of bought the old Armijo Ranch and named it “Deer Lick Ranch”. The Trans World Airlines (TWA). Jack Frye was born about 1903 and couple also bought the Fritz Schuerman property (Fritz was the son of grew up in Oklahoma and Texas where his family had a large cattle Henry and Dorette Schuerman), which occupied part of what would ranch. The Texas ranch did not appeal to Helen, and so they looked later become Red Rock State for property to buy. The story Park and named it “Smoke is that Jack and Helen Frye Trail Ranch”. The house on were flying over the Sedona the Schuerman property, area in January of 1941, and which was built about 1937, when they looked down and was also used by the Frye’s. liked what they saw. Helen They named it “Willow states that she cried out House” for the large Willow “That’s where I want to live!” tree in the yard. Helen said the and that, at that moment, she huge tree made the house look knew she had come “home” like “a doll house”. This house (personal interview with is still standing within Red Helen Frye, May 24, 1974). Rock State Park. Eventually, Jack and Helen were not their land holdings in the area sure where the area they totaled over 700 acres. had fallen in love with was Supposedly, when Helen located. After consulting and Jack purchased the old spring

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Dancing Dragonfly Winery Story by Dane Jensen

Photos courtesy of Dancing Dragonfly Winery “Arizona is not the only state that has a growing wine industry. In this issue we went outside the Arizona vines to visit Dancing Dragonfly Winery, located in the St. Croix River Valley of Wisconsin. AZWINE will continue to explore other wine regions throughout the United States on our mission to spread the word about Arizona wines to more and more people across the nation.”

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Bill and Christine Bluhm have followed their hearts, trusted their feelings, and in less than three short years, have created a winery in Northwest Wisconsin that inspires a feeling of family for their staff, and a feeling of community for those who visit. You can learn more about their medalwinning wines on their website. But it’s the story behind it all that makes Dancing Dragonfly Winery a special place, and their wines, once experienced by your palate, will warm your soul and bring a smile to your face. Bill left an exhausting career in actuarial consultation. While his career was very rewarding, he became tired of the nationwide travel that took him away from family. So Bill made the decision to retire, trusting that his journey

Dragonfly Winery. Currently they have 45 acres of vines, and that will eventually grow to 52. The original barn on the land was not large enough to accommodate the event center and tasting facility. “Why would you do a vineyard if you can’t have a place to taste the wines,” Christine said. “With Bill, nothing is done small!” Story goes that Bill wanted to replace a couch once, and ended up remodeling the whole house. That’s why they now have a facility and an event center that can host up to 300 guests. They crushed the boulders from the original preparation of the vineyard to build the external pillars and walls of the event center and the log pillars inside are from the clearing of the trees on the property prior to the original planting of the vines. Back to the “trusting the journey before they had a plan.” While on vacation, Christine and Bill traveled to Sedona, Arizona, where Bill asked a psychic what he should do when he retired. Bill shared, “I was told that I would build something. Something big, it would be green, but I would build it, and people would come.” When Bill and Christine were on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Bill asked the same question of another psychic. “I was told the exact same words! And I was told that ‘people will come to you to help you’! And they have!” Bill went on to share and experience he had on his solo canoe trip for reflection to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, a 1,090,000-acre wilderness area within

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would land him in something that was fun, and allow him to be home every night. Why a winery, you ask? “Totally circumstantial,” Bill shared with a smile. “I got together with a friend to find an acre or so of land to experiment in wine making, but what came to us out of the property search was this parcel of 100 acres of farm land that is now Dancing

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day, in the bright freshness one might experience the day after a storm, he was visited by a dragonfly, then another, then another, and in a short time he was standing among thousands of dragonflies, all weaving and dancing around him at his campsite. Slowly they cleared until there were a few, then just one, and then all were gone. A very spiritual culmination to the week! In many cultures, the dragonfly symbolizes such things as putting more lightness and joy into your life, to heed the winds of change, and live life to the fullest. Bill and Christine can relate to, “living for the moment,” so it is apparent that the dragonfly represents their belief of the virtues of living life to the fullest. Introduce Todd Schweim, Dancing Dragonfly General Manager. Bill says, “Todd came to us before we were even built, when there was just the land, and he wanted to be part of this.” “I just knew this was going to be something I needed to be part of,” Todd injected with true passion in his words. Along with their winemaker, Mark Wedge, they work as a group, a team that respects their common mission. “You will not hear ’good enough’ here,” expresses Todd. “We are mission driven as a group. The owners, the winemaker, and I all collaborate to make the best wines possible every season. There is no ‘tradition’ yet with cold climate wine making. As a group we are able to get the right flavor profile because every wine is evaluated and reevaluated through the collaboration of the team. Four opinions, four palates, there is no right or wrong answer, only the goal of making a better wine for you. So, decisions as a group become even more important.” Bill adds, “Everything is reviewed as a team. Christine and I invite controversy. It’s the only way we feel we can develop a better product. Every point of view is valuable. And when it comes to the wines, every palate is a little different, so we evaluate the wine with the same commitment.” The results tell the truth of their wine. In less than three years, they have over 1,000 Wine Club members, and have sold over 5,000 cases. This is quite an accomplishment for cold climate wine making. Bill says about their members, “We want to make their membership special. We respect that many of them are making special consideration, that they may not have a lot of disposable income, so we want their membership to be worthwhile.” Cold Climate Wines … Is cold climate wine making an art or a science? The answer is, “Yes.” This once farm land, which is located at the Western Terminus of the Ice Age Trail with its glacial heritage, offers a location compatible to cold climate wine making. Different from the more arid and tempered regions, cold climate wine making requires more sturdy vines

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that can withstand temperatures up to 25 degrees below zero. Dancing Dragonfly Winery uses a geothermal heating and cooling system that is “green.” Elmer Swenson, a Wisconsin native, pioneered cold climate wine making through hybrid grape and vine development, making it possible for Wisconsin and upper Midwest states to have successful wineries. As necessary with cold climate wine making, Dancing Dragonfly Winery does use, on a limited basis, some west coast grapes as a blending tool to fill gaps for their red wine and port wine profiles. Todd explains, “It’s about how cold climate winemaking lends itself to ‘fruit forward’ wine. Like any winemaking, it’s about the flavor profile and how it balances.” Dancing Dragonfly currently offers 21 wines plus a newly released champagne, made up in combination of 9 white and rose wines, 7 reds, 5 specialty wines, and the champagne just introduced during a special dine and wine event at their facility this last New Year‘s Eve. Dancing Dragonfly also gives back. Bill and Christine have been inspired by what nature and the vines have given them. In their first year of production and sales, they donated nearly $50,000 to charity, and from their 2015 sales, will donate over $100,000 to charity. When asked about what they consider to be their signature wine or wines, Todd, with a confident yet humble smile says, “We are maturing as a winery at light speed. We have four to six signature wines based on our customers’ response.” Some of their wines from last season’s production are sold out already, a true testament to the popularity of their wines. All of their wines are named after dances. All of their food pairings offered are named after those known for their dancing. In addition to the event center being available for private events, they host specialty events such as comedy nights, music and dancing events, paint and sip, all including wine and pairings! Dancing Dragonfly Winery is truly a place for what wine is about: Celebration, romance, and living for today, appreciating the moments we have. As I was departing the winery, Christine reminded me with a twinkle in her eye, “And for our Arizona friends, yes, we do ship!” Dance a little, drink some wine, live for today . . . and live life to the fullest!

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