annual festivals, complete with wine tastings and souvenir glasses, winery and vineyard tours and specialty food pairings. Festivals include the annual blessing of Sonoita Vineyards held the first weekend in April, Harvestfest the last weekend in July, and St. Martin’s AVA (American Viticultural Area) New Release Festival the second weekend in November. HarvestFest will be July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General Admission is $25 admission if pre purchased and $30 at the door. The price includes six wine tasting with souvenir glass, four food and wine pairings, winery tours with the winemaker — 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. — vineyard tours by wagon throughout the day and Grape stomping starts at 1:00 p.m. A VIP package is available for $85 per person and is limited to 60 people. It includes everything general admission gets plus, a private climate-controlled room and balcony, VIP restroom, private bar, after-hours party from 4-6 p.m., after-hours winery and vineyard tour, VIP Parking, lunch voucher and a VIP gift.
Address: 290 Elgin-Canelo Road, Elgin, Arizona 85611 Phone: 520455-5893 Website: www. sonoitavineyards. com Hours: Open daily except major holidays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
onoita Vineyards Winery opened in 1983 as the first commercial vineyard in the Sonoita-Elgin area. It was founded by Dr. Gordon Dutt, a retired University of Arizona soil scientist. The winery sits on a hilltop at an elevation of 5,000 feet with picturesque views of the region’s rolling grasslands, hillside vineyards and scenic mountain ranges. Today, Dutt’s granddaughter Lori Reynolds serves as the vineyard’s winemaker and her husband, Robi Reynolds, is the manager. Sonoita Vineyard produces 4,000 cases a year from 12 different grape varieties, which include Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Syrah Merlot, Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Malbec, Mission and Cabernet Sauvignon. Production features a full range of premium wines from crisp and fruity to bold and complex. Ninety percent of its production is sold through the winery’s tasting room, gift shop and special events facility. Sonoita Vineyards hosts three
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Our guest rooms are spacious, with full baths, and private entrances leading to both the courtyard and guest patio. A continental breakfast is served in either the privacy of your room or in the courtyard. And our guest studio is the perfect place to relax, play cards, watch TV or even have a workshop - perfect for a small group or a girls’ weekend out.