Callaghan Vineyards

(520) 455-5322 336 Elgin Road
Elgin, AZ 85611
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My parents (Harold and Karen) and I planted our Buena Suerte Vineyard in May/June of 1990. Our planting happened to coincide with a vicious heat wave, one consequence of which was that Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix was shut down for a few days. Nobody had tested passenger jets at temperatures over 120F. But it was only 105F in Elgin …Needless to say, we lost a few (thousand) vines. This experience set the stage for what would become the Callaghan M.O. – replanting – always with an eye toward grape varieties and rootstocks better suited to our arid, windy, sun-bleached region. So, over many years, we have tossed out our original Bordeaux mindset and moved to one rooted in the Mediterranean. Spanish varieties, in particular, seem best-suited to our site - Tempranillo, Monastrell, Mourvedre, Garnacha/Grenache. And we have found that one Bordeaux variety, Petit Verdot, provides us with a distinctive spicy/peppery/meaty blending component. As for white wine, we have only one now – Lisa’s – a blend Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Mourvèdre

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Tempranillo

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

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  • It's great to see Arizona wine growing and gaining accolades! When I was at Callaghan Vineyards last week, I purchased the Arizona Wine Travel Card. This card has saved me money on wine purchases at wineries all over AZ. You can find it here: http://az.winetravelcard.com/

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  • Callaghan Lisa's Selection Other Whites Usa Arizona White Blend Callaghan Vineyards 2007

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  • Living in Sonoma County my cellar is pretty Cali-Centric. I mean in an earthquake it just may break off and fall into the Pacific Ocean. So tonight I'm going with something completely different. I picked up an El Nido Clio 2008 that I'm giving a test drive to see if I want more. Anything other than California wine or Rhones and I am treading on ... Read More

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  • Hello from Arizona! We have quite a few wineries here in my lovely state and my goal is to one day visit the southern ones. I am also quite new to wines but I can tell you that I am a lover of them. Especially the red ones, I think it's because of the boldness. I came across this website accidentally but upon reading through it seems to me as if... Read More

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  • Callaghan Vineyards Petit Verdotcalifornia 2003

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    I like this juice...Purple-Red color, A nose that invites you to taste, good structure and balance, with a nice finish.This is not even the best from this winery....try their "Padre" blend. Read More

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