Sonoita Wine

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Arizona’s first and only AVA (designated in 1985), Sonoita is south of Tucson in the lower southeast corner of the state. The area totals about 325 square miles, with several hundred acres of vines. Sonoita is a basin surrounded by three mountain ranges: the Santa Rita, the Huachuca, and the Whetstone Mountains. The basin floor is 4,500-5,000 feet above sea level, making the vineyards some of the highest in North America. The area’s soils are described as thermic, very deep, well-drained, gravelly loam, formed in alluvial fans from igneous and sedimentary rock. These soils, with poor ability to retain water, are ideal for grape growing. Sonoita shows great promise for Rhone and Tuscan varietals...market wise, this could be good timing for this exciting winegrowing venue. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

Varietals Produced in Sonoita View all

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Merlot

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

  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

Popular Wineries in Sonoita View all

  • Callaghan Vineyards

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

  • Sonoita Vineyards

    The oldest commercial vineyard in the region, Sonoita Vineyards opened in 1983 and now includes ...

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