When I think of wine regions the last place that would come to mind was Arizona. So you can imagine my surprise when I found out that wineries are popping up all over Arizona and producing some great wine! A Napa vintner once told me that the best wines are those that must “struggle” while on the vines. This kept coming back to me as I read up on Arizona wine because if any vines are struggling it is those in the Arizona heat!! So does the adage hold true and Arizona Wine is pretty great? I went to my sister-in-law, western blogger, Elizabeth to find out. Elizabeth happens to live in the Arizona region where wineries are popping up so she recently visited a few and is here to give us the low down.
I can remember the first time I saw our little town opening a new wine tasting room. I was so surprised! Cattle and Wine country how big did I score when I decided to move to this rural little town! “Over the next few years” Wilcox opened about six more wineries in the area. Occasionally I will make a day of it and bring friends from out of town to show off one of the towns little gems.
Wilcox is an old western town and the wine tasting rooms have done a great job of caring on the original feel of the town. One of my favorite Wilcox wines are Aridus wines. The first time I walked into their wine tasting room it was a warm summer day. They had a long walk way lined with lavender plants and the butterflies were loving the smell as much as I was. The best part of the experience was the wines were amazing from crisp white wines to lovely, bold reds. I honestly loved them all. Five wine tasting rooms in Wilcox are in walking distance from each other. The others are a couple miles apart.
The Wilcox wine region produces 74% of the wine grapes grown in the state of Arizona. The high altitude the grapes are grown at makes the alcohol content a bit higher. For the amateur drinker like me that means less goes a long way. The wine tasting rooms are about a hour and a half east of Tucson. If you are in the area of Wilcox don’t let the ghost town feel of it fool you. Just drive five minutes into town and you’ll find yourself a neat wine tasting experience.
Have any of you tried an Arizona wine? I would love to hear your thoughts and if you have any you would recommend I try! P.S. Check out Elizabeth here to check out her gorgeous Western pics and lifestyle.