FACT. Arizona has wine country. FACT. Arizona produces very good wine. FACT. One of the state’s oldest wineries, Sonoita Vineyards, produced a Cabernet Sauvignon that was so impressive, it was chosen by national wine critics to serve at former President George W. Bush’s Inauguration Gala.
Fact. If you’re in Sonoita and you skip this vineyard, you’re missing out on something very special.
Located just 60 minutes from Tucson, Sonoita Vineyards sits on 25 acres of majestic Arizona countryside. The land here is lush and the rolling grasslands, which stretch all the way to the foot of the looming mountains, feels more like Old World Europe than Southern Arizona. There are several wineries and tasting rooms in the area, including the award-winning Callaghan Vineyards… also worthy of a stop (and a sip).
Sonoita Vineyards sits on a hilltop, and today winemaker Fran Lightly is producing wine using over 12 different grape varieties… think Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Mission and Zinfandel… and all of his juice is pure Arizona. Inside the property, oenophiles can stand at the bar, talk to Foster (he works part-time serving vino to the masses) and enjoy a tasting — or better yet, take your glass and sit down at one of the tables outside… the view is simply heaven on Earth.
Information: 520-455-5893 or http://www.sonoitavineyards.com
Image taken by Photo Editor Jeff Kida