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Willcox Wine Country

The Sulphur Springs Valley is the most conducive area in the state of Arizona for growing wine grapes. Willcox sits right in the center of the valley. The elevation of 4300' to 4500' is ideal and the terroir (soils, temperatures and climate) is very similar to that of both the Rhone Valley in France and Mondoza, Argentina. The warm sunny days and cool desert nights combine with the sandy loam red soils to grow Rhone varietals that impart the special Cochise County characteristics.

The list of vineyards and wineries below all have roots (literally) in the Willcox area. Some of them have their vineyard in Willcox and their winery/tasting room in other areas of the state. There are many more planned or currently in development. Everyone is getting “vineyard fever", even the some of the locals are catching the bug and planting hobby vineyards.

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Arizona Stronghold Vineyards

Arizona Stronghold VineyardEric Glomski and Maynard Keenan purchased the historic Dos Cabezas Vineyards in early 2007 and renamed the Willcox vines - Arizona Stronghold Vineyards. They believe that the soils and climate at the vineyard stand up to the finest in the world, feeling strongly that their wines express, first and foremost, Arizona, and secondarily the grapes and hands of the vignerons involved. Their they have brought Arizona to the national wine stage, racking up awards and honors such as being served at the James Beard House. They believe that 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 it has to be made by people that care. Arizona Stronghold Vineyard’s philosophy is all about place, people, quality and value. Their wines are all named after legendary Apache Indians and tell a unique story with each wine. With their acquisition of historic Bonita Springs Vineyard in the north of the Suphur Springs Valley, they now have over 140 acres of actively producing vines; they are currently the largest producing vineyard in the state, although they realize that they won’t be alone for long and welcome other quality winemakers to join them in the region. Please visit their website for more info.

Carlson Creek Vineyards

Carlson CreekCarlson Creek Vineyard is dedicated ot the production of fine wine from Arizona. We are family owned and operated. Although we are a young ocmpany, we are filled witha passion for the grapevine. Our vineyard's elevation provides a perfect climate from growing wine grpaes. All of us at Carlson Creek Vineyard hope you will come and visit us in our new Willcox tasting room. Learn more by checking out our website at www.carlsoncreek.com.

Cimarron Vineyards

Cimarron VineyardIn the shadow of the Chiricahua Mountains at 4300 ft., lies the fertile Kansas Settlement farmland. Oregon pinot 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. Cimarron Wines are available through the tasting room at Dos Cabezas WineWorks in Sonoita.

Colibri Vineyards (Vineyard Only)

Colibri VineyardsBefore Bob Johnson became a plant scientist, his wife Mickey, a physician and him spent most of their adult lives in the medical field. One spring morning in 1995, he discovered a restless apple orchard with wonderful rows of trees arm-in-arm. The land "called to him". As he stood surveying the buildings and grounds, his gaze caught sight of a beautiful stone arch up on a hilltop, carved thousands of years ago by combined forces of nature. Without hesitation, he and his wife purchased the property, named it Colibri and began to create their dream. August of 2003 marked a spectacular first harvest with their friends and family. Since then their vines have produced exceptional wines, better than they could've ever imagined. Please visit their website for more info.

Coronado Vineyards

Coronado VineyardsNestled between the majestic Mt. Graham and the Dos Cabezas mountains, in the Coronado National Forest, a special wine tasting experience awaits you. Managing owners, Mark and Jacque Cook, and their partners dreamed of owning a beautiful winery and producing outstanding wines for many years. On November 18th, 2006 that dream became a reality with the grand opening of the Coronado Vineyards. They presented nine unique wines, from a sweet white table wine to a dry red wine - all from grapes grown here in Arizona. Coronado Vineyards produces some of Arizona's finest wines. With elevations reaching over 4000 feet, Arizona's high desert is the perfect location for producing grapes of distinct quality and character. Warm summer days, cool nights and mineral rich soils contribute to the intensity and wide range of flavors in these fine wines. The winery and on-site vineyard offer the perfect setting for a private event. With full catering services and a warm and inviting staff, your special event is sure to be one to remember. Visit the website for more info.

Crop Circle Winery (Currently Closed)

Crop Circle VineyardsJon Marcus' vision for the 80 acres of land in Willcox at his Crop Circle Vineyard and Winery is to have a completely green, solar, biodynamic farm, producing not only grapes for wine, but various foods such as nuts and fruits. It's a new way of thinking, utilizing Mayan Circle planting techniques for the vines. There will also be plenty of pasture space along with animals on site. The winery and antique-themed tasting room facility is twice the size of that at his Echo Canyon Vineyard in Sedona. Jon is excited about what the future holds for the land in the southeastern region of Arizona and believes that this area holds great potential for the state's ever-growing wine industry.

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Fort Bowie Vineyards

Fort Bowie VineyardsFort Bowie Vineyards & Orchard Products features the freshest and finest products. Currently the Orchards produce Pecans, Walnuts, Peaches and Cherries. A variety of nut products including specialty roasted Cinnamon Sugared Pecans, Salted and Roasted Pecans, Chocolate Pecan Clusters and Pecan Oil can be purchased at their store year round.

The Vineyards produce a unique diversity of wines ranging from their famous Arizona Sweet Water, a sweet white dessert wine to their Pecan Delight, a distinctive sparkling wine with the essence of pecans. Fort Bowie Vineyards recently introduced a new line of Chocolate Wine Sauces and Wine Truffles. Wine tasting is offered daily. Please visit their website for more info.

Golden Rule Vineyards

Golden Rule VineyardNestled near the northern tip of the Dragoon Mountains, Golden Rule Vineyards enjoys an exciting blend of quart and limestone soils and excellent water resources in combination with a high desert climate that provides intense sunlight, warm days, cool evenings and nearly constant air flows.  Owners Jim and Ruth Graham and vineyard manager Don Sobey are proud of their young wines and enjoy sharing them with friends.  “We believe our abundantly flavored wines represent our distinct 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 and Shiraz.  They eagerly anticipate future wines produced from their developing vineyard blocks that include Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Visit their website at GoldenRuleVineyards.com to learn more about the wines and vineyard operation.

Their wines are available at Zarpara Vineyards Tasting Room and at Pillsbury Wine Company in Cottonwood.

Keeling Schaefer Vineyards

Keeling Schaefer VineyardsLocated 12 miles south of the Chiricahua National Monument, Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards is a premium Arizona wine producer. Their vision is to produce exclusively 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. At 5200 feet above sea level, the summer climate of warm, sunny days and cool, high desert nights combines with the unique Rhyolite volcanic soils to create wine with special characteristics. They grow Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier and Petite Sirah. The winery and vineyard is not open to the public except by appointment. However you can visit their tasting room in Historic Downtown Willcox on Railroad Avenue. Please call (520) 824.2500 or visit their website for more info.

Lawrence Dunham Vineyards
Lawrence Dunham VineyardsWe create handcrafted wines that reflect the unique characteristics of southeastern Arizona. Our philosophy of winemaking is to select the perfect varietals and let nature do its magic with as little intervention as possible. We let the fruit speak for itself. Rhone varietals flourish in teh volcanic soils of our 5000' elevation estate in the Chiricahua Mountain foothills. Add clean air, pure water, mountain breezes and four seasons and we have the key ingredients that make up our outstanding terroir. Visit this magical place and experience the unique wines of Lawrence Dunham Vineyards. Go to www.lawrencedunhamvineyards.com or call 602.320.1485 to join the Chiricahua Circle or wine club, purchase our wines, arrange for a visit or attend an upcoming event. Wine tasting by appointment only.
Pillsbury Wine Company

Pillsbury Wine Co.Pillsbury Wine Company is the evolution of a "Dream Come True" project by New Zealand Film Director and winemaker Sam Pillsbury,

Sam flew into Arizona years ago to shoot a pilot for Universal Pictures. He fell in love with an Arizona girl as well as the landscape.

Growing up in New Zealand, Sam witnessed the phenomenon of growing classical wine grapes in unusual places. Then on a camping trip in Arizona, he realized he could try the same thing here.

The location he chose was the high-altitude desert valley in Cochise County, 200 miles southeast of Phoenix. This was rooted in the desire to get away from mass-produced "McDonalds" wine and to create a distinctive regional boutique wine that was 100% Arizona and 100% original. He gambled that the high-altitude, endless sunshine, sandy loam and dry desert would make for a perfect terroir and in 2000 he planted 20 acres of Rhone varieties. It worked.

In the less than two years since he released his first wines under the Pillsbury label, the wines received a 93 from Mark Tarbell in the Arizona Republic, a 'Best AZ Wines' from the San Francisco Examiner, a rave from trendy EaterAZ.com blog stating that these are the first wines from Arizona that we can say truly have an incredible taste, 'Best Local Winemaker' from Phoenix Magazine and a Gold Medal at the 2009 AWGA Wine Competition for the 2007 Diva.

James Molesworth of the Wine Spectator called him one of the 'Rising Stars of the Southwest' and rated the 2007 Roan Red and 2007 Diva an 88. He gave the 2007 Pillsbury Petite Sirah an 89, the highest score for an Arizona wine from this publication.

His wines can be found at stores throughout Arizona or at his tasting room in Old Town Cottonwood, near Sedona. Please visit their website for more information..

Sand-Reckoner

Sand-ReckonerLocated on the Willcox Bench at 4300 feet in elevation, Rob and Sarah Hammelman tend to Sand-Reckoner 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.

Sierra Bonita Vineyards

Sierra Bonita VineyardsLocated northwest of Willcox in a valley created by the Winchester, Pinoleno and Galiuro Mountains, Sierra Bonita’s name was inspired by its location adjacent to the historic Sierra Bonita Ranch. Here the Smith family cultivates the vines and produces wonderful wines with only estate fruit. Their first vineyard was planted in 1997 with Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah.  A second vineyard was planted gradually, devoted to Petite Sirah, Grenache Noir, Grenache Blanc, Mourvedre and Tannat. There are now 11 acres of vines in production.  The rootstock and clones were carefully chosen for this climate and soil, no pesticides are used and all the skins and cuttings go back into the vineyards to reinvigorate the vines.  Enjoy the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. www.SierraBonitaVineyards.com

Zarpara Vineyard

Sierra Bonita VineyardsEnjoy outstanding wine among the vines at Zarpara Vineyard. Visit the first tasting room on the Willcox Bench — an Arizona premier wine growing region, located just a few minutes south of historic downtown Willcox. Slow down, relax, and savor the moment with a glass of wine in hand. Experience breathtaking views of the Dos Cabezas Mountains while you sample our first releases. We also feature carefully selected, hand-crafted & hard-to-find wines from our Willcox Wine Country neighbors. Stop by Zarpara Vineyard — your new Arizona wine destination. www.zarpara.com

Dragoon Mountain Vineyards / Jerome Winery

Jerome WineryJerome Winery was built on the side of Cleopatra Hill between Prescott and Sedona in the historic town of Jerome, featuring over 30 uniquely handcrafted, individually distinct wines. The Vintner's philosophy is to create wines that are enjoyable for the novice and the connoisseur alike. John McLoughlin, the Owner and Vintner, learned the art of winemaking by training as an apprentice under master winemakers throughout the United States and Europe. He personally makes all the wines that are tasted and sold. Wine varieties include Pinot Grigio, Mourvedre, Red and White Zinfandel, Syrah, Muscat, Sparking Wine, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, 15-yr-old Port and others that are soon to be added! Old family photos compose the labels that identify the wine. The winery sports a wooden tasting counter topped with copper made by John himself. In addition to the Jerome Winery, they have 100 acres planted on 320 acres of land in the Kansas Settlement area of Willcox in Southeastern Arizona - home to Dragoon Mountain Vineyards, the source for grapes for their wines. John also sells wine to other winemakers in the state. Please visit their website for more info.

Upcoming Vineyards to the area . . .

  • Aridus Wine Co./Custom Crush
  • Asmundson Family Vineyards
  • Broken Glass Vineyard & Winery Estates
  • Flying Leap Vineyards
  • Gallifant Cellars
  • Rolling View Vineyards
  • Sandor Vineyards
  • Soaring Spirits Vineyard
  • Wayward Winds Winery

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Exciting Vineyard News

Video . . .

The Diversity of Arizona Terroir from Cheri Walters on Vimeo.

News and Magazine Articles

Early Pioneer of Oregon's wine-making region may repeat himself here

Dick Erath Arizona's Wine Savior?

AZ Highways Wine Country Tour - May 2007

Dick Erath Arizona's Wine Savior?

Gilbert Lifestyle Magazine - Wines and Vines - March 2007

Gilbert Lifestyle Magazine

Grapes of Erath - published in the Arizona Republic

Grapes of Erath

New Wine Law Article from the Arizona Range News

New Wine Law

Pair hoping their Arizona wine rocks!

Pair hoping their Arizona wine rocks

Grapes in the Desert

Grapes in the Desert

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B & Bs
Dreamcatcher Bed & Breakfast
Dreamcatcher B&B

The Dreamcatcher Bed & Breakfast, situated in the southern Arizona Sonoran Desert offers luxurious lodging and accommodations, warm hospitality, and elegant cuisine for Southern Arizona Vacations, romantic getaways, honeymoons or special events. (520) 824-3127 or visit their website for more information.

Cochise Stronghold - a canyon nature retreat

Cochise Stronghold B&BIn the heart of Cochise Stronghold Canyon... a peaceful mountain retreat awaits you. Relax, renew, romance. Walk trails through evergreen oak, juniper, madrone and manzanita woodlands. Watch for wildlife such as deer, javelina, coatimundi, fox, ringtail cats, badger… Stargaze clear night skies far away from any other lights while soaking in the hot tub. Explore sculptured stone formations rising to 7,500 ft, climb world-class ranked granite cliffs and peaks. Bird watch from the shade of a large tree or your private patio. Enjoy the comforts of sustainable design. Hike to nearby ancient rock art, investigate local ecology, geology, history. Celebrate nature and spirit in a land of immense beauty! Cochise Stronghold Bed & Breakfast is: A magical place encircled by mountain peaks and lush native vegetation. Secluded and quiet; surrounded by 64,000 acres of evergreen forest. A wilderness destination in the wild, wild west; off the "beaten path". Cooler, located at a 5,000 feet elevation in the Dragoon Mountains. A friendly, welcoming, peaceful sanctuary. (520) 826-4141 / (877) 426-4141 - or visit their website for more information.

Sunglow Ranch

Sunglow RanchAn Eco-Friendly Country Inn and Cafe nestled in the folds of the beautiful Chiricahua Mountains as if it were born out of the nature that surrounds it.  Sunglow Ranch is truly a sanctuary on 400 pristine acres of old oaks, junipers and pines, with a beautiful pond and wildlife galore.   The views of the high peaks of the Chiricahuas are breathtaking...a paradise for hikers, birders, photographers and for those seeking to discover the solitude and beauty of nature.   

As with all places of natural great beauty, mother nature is the ultimate landscape designer and we, as stewards of this land, are doing everything we can to insure the environment is protected and continues to thrive.

There are some new happenings at the Sunglow Cafe.   We are  putting a new spin on gourmet...back to the basics, that is back to the time before chemicals were added to all of our foods.   We are grinding organic grains (wheat free) for our fresh baked breads.   We are using natural, organic and locally grown foods whenever available, and supporting sustainable agricultural practices.  Fresh organic greens and entrees ranging from wild caught salmon to grass fed beef to delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes will help create a delightful and healthful dining experience.    The mouthwatering "guilt free" desserts will amaze you.  

We are also open to the public for breakfast and dinner (by reservation only) on Wednesday thru Saturday nights.  

Susan and Colleen will be in the kitchen preparing delicious and healthy foods for all ~ please make your reservations early...and remember dinner is served at 6:30 pm nightly.   Don't be late!

Call toll free (866) 786-4569 or check out their website for more information.

Muleshoe Ranch CMA

Muleshoe Ranch CMAThe Muleshoe Ranch Cooperative Management Area (CMA) is 49,120 acres of rugged beauty, lush riparian areas and an array of recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. This area is a mosaic of public and private land cooperatively managed by The Nature Conservancy, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Coronado National Forest (USFS).  These three partners work together to conserve and enhance the unique ecosystems found here and to protect endangered species, as well as the areas they depend upon.

The Muleshoe Ranch CMA encompasses most of the watershed area for seven premanently flowing streams, representing some of the best remaining aquatic habitat in southeast Arizona. Some 80% of the region's wildlife species depend upon these streamside communities at some time in their lives. The importance of this area to early settlers is seen in the numerous ranches and homesteads that dotted the area in the last 150 years.

Ideal for families, individuals and groups, the Conservancy offers charming, private casitas for overnight rental with natural hot springs tubs for casita guests only during late September-May. Get the details.

Also, Pride Ranch, owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy is located approximately six miles from the visitor center via Jackson Cabin Road. Please contact the Muleshoe Ranch Headquarters for information and availability.

Strawbale Manor B&B

Strawbale ManorStrawbale Manor is centrally located in Cochise County on 5 acres in Sulpher Springs Valley at an elevation of 4200 feet. Enjoy the view from the porch swing or relax in the hot tub in the Arizona room. Enjoy the many butterflies and birds that feed at the patio area including many varieties of finches and hummingbirds.

Each evening we serve a special desert and your choice of a variety of hot or cold drinks. You are welcome to enjoy the choice of many magazines, books and movies.

We have two guestrooms with a shared bath. The Old West Room features a double Four Poster bed. The Railroad Room has a queen bed. The trains are a collection of Charles' since he was a small boy.

We serve a restaurant style full breakfast. Specialties may include pecan topped french toast, delicious omelets, puffed pancakes or quiches. Fresh fruit in season, muffins or scones and homemade jams and jellies are always served. And, of course, juice, coffee and a variety of teas. We will accommodate any dietary restrictions you may have.

Call them at (888) 414-3077 or visit their website for more information.

Triangle T Guest Ranch
Triangle T Guest Ranch

Located 60 miles east of Tucson in the foothills of the Dragoon Mountains. One of the oldest ranches in Arizona, it's unique setting in the beautiful Texas Canyon, amidst gigantic boulders piled high in startling formations, offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the southwest. At an elevation of 4500 feet, temperatures at the Triangle T Guest Ranch are moderate year round.

Call them at (866) 586-7533 or visit their website for more information.

Dos Cabezas Spirit & Nature Retreat

Dos Cabezas Nature RetreatThe serene Dos Cabezas Mountains 14 miles southeast of Willcox, Arizona are the home of the Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat guest lodging bed and breakfast in the historic Dos Cabezas ghost town. We are located along Hwy. 186, and just twenty minutes to the mystical Chiricahua Mountains. We are the newest of the bed and breakfasts inns near Willcox, AZ, and our Dos Cabezas B & B is your first stop from Willcox for Chiricahua Mountains lodging. Dos Cabezas is a village named after the striking twin-peaked mountains (the English translation is two heads) that rise above the village. The Retreat's setting is secluded and private, and we border thousands of acres of State land.

Call them at (520) 384-6474 or visit their website for more information.

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