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Wine has been produced in the state of Arizona for centuries. As is the story with California and other states in the Southwestern US, vineyards were first planted by Spanish missionaries making sacramental wine. But wine production never gained much momentum, and the Prohibition and Depression put the kibosh on what little there was of it for decades. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the Arizona wine industry began an earnest growth. 

For the most part, Arizona is just too hot and dry to grow grapes with a long enough ripening season to produce decent wines. But locations with higher elevations and cooler temperatures have a chance at better grape balance and quality wines. For this reason, most of Arizona’s wineries are concentrated in these areas. The state’s only AVA, Sonoita, covers a large area in the southeast corner of the state, in the valleys at the slopes of the Santa Rita, Huachuca, and Whetsone mountains. In addition to the higher altitudes, this area also has free Read more »

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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Kokopelli Winery

    Hello and Greetings from the Kokopelli Winery and Bistro here in Historic downtown Chandler. We a...

  • Colibri Vineyard & Winery

    The Arch My wife Mickey and I were looking for a retreat from our busy lives with stressful profe...

  • Echo Canyon Vineyard & Winery

    Once upon a time .....about 100 years ago, Echo Canyon was the site of a farm that produced fruit...

  • Callaghan Vineyards

    My parents (Harold and Karen) and I planted our Buena Suerte Vineyard in May/June of 1990. Our pl...

  • Dos Cabezas WineWorks

    Dos Cabezas WineWorks is a family-owned and operated winery that challenges the perception that A...

  • Canelo Hills Vineyard and Winery

    In 2003, Tim and Joan Mueller established Canelo Hills Vineyard and Winery on 10 acres in the hea...

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  • Have a good trip EM.  Arizona should be nice this time of year.  I remember being in Phoenix on a business trip when it was 115 F outside.  I couldn't open the car door with my bare hands.  That is hot!  Read More

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  • How about a Cabernet Sauvignon from Arizona?  We had a bottle of the 2011 "Dala" from Arizona Stronghold Vineyards and this wine is associated with a singer from the band called Tool (which we like quite a bit  - check this out: ).  Anyway, I've had better cabs of course but Sandra likes this one.   Read More

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  • Way late to this thread but for those that happen upon I'll add my own notes!  I live in AZ and frequent some of the wineries quite often.  There are numerous wineries and some produce outstanding wines.  It must be noted that not all of AZ is hot, dry desert.  Climates from desert to snowy mountains exist with the vineyards in the cooler mid cl... Read More

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  • NG - Unfortunately, no stores close to me.  :-(  'We have no ... ... stores in Idaho, Nevada and Arizona. Read More

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  • Most disappointing. Both that you don't drink much Syrah and that ... wine ... wine as well as stuff from Arizona and New Mexico, Colorado and even Idaho, all of which I've tried in the interest of scienc Read More

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  • Arizona Stronghold Nachise 2012


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  • This one has gone off topic - but it's interesting, and the service element ... of weeks ago - part of my Arizona trip. Utah is a funny place in some ways. They wanted BOTH of our PASSPORTS just to purchase beer at a state run liquor store - the manager told me they don't accept any Canadian driving licenses as ID. Afterwards we decided to go f... Read More

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  • Yes, still there in Pasadena Read More

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  • University of California at Seventeenth and Bristol -- AKA Santa Ana Jr. College.Yes, back then, there were probable no more than a dozen Trader Joe's in the whole world.   I had two that were pretty convenient.  I lived in Santa Ana and I went to college in Fullerton.  There was one in Placentia about a mile from the college.  I know the origin... Read More

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  • Okay, Emark, you have me there.  We did shop at the old Santa Ana TJ's but we lived on the coast.  So, no idea what UCSB was.  At the time, there were no other TJ's nearby.  I think there were less than a handful of stores, period.  Nothing like it is now.  But the Cal wine industry (still small at the time) owes them a bit, since they sold a lo... Read More

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  • Great article! I love too love touring the Arizona wine regions and wineries. One hint - bring along the Arizona Wine Travel Card with you. It has saved me a lot of $$ and is easy to use. You can find it here:

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  • And if you like lighter reds, Page Springs has released a wonderful light red that is 100% counoise. It is absolutely wonderful. My husband's favorite is their El Serrano which is a BIG red :)

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  • I definitely recommend Page Springs Cellars. We got engaged up there and have since become members of their wine release. They are getting better and better with each bottle. Glomski and Maynard have definitely put AZ on the map with Page Springs, Merkin/Caduceus, and Arizona Stronghold! All three are wonderful wine producers!

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