When considering the great wine grape growing regions of the world, Arizona probably doesn’t make the top ten. But you might be surprised to know that there are several varieties of wine grapes that do very well in Arizona, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Sangiovese.
Vineyards were first planted in Arizona in the 17th century by Franciscan missionaries. Today there are thirteen active wineries in the state, with over 650 acres of grapes being grown for the purpose of wine production. Take a trip and visit some wineries in and around Elgin, Arizona. Bring along your designated driver!
They are located in Elgin, about 50 miles from Tucson. The soil of the area as nearly identical to that of Burgundy, France. Sonoita Vineyards have produced several award-winning wines, especially in the category of Cabernet Sauvignon. Wine-tasting is available weekends and limited daily most are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. except on holidays. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy their wines on the patio, or enjoy the view of the vineyard and the surrounding mountains from the balcony. The wine tasting charge is $8 per person (2013). There is a charge for the wine tasting, but a nice wine glass is included in the charge.