Southern AZ Wine CountryThere are two wine growing areas in Southern Arizona, and wineries sprouting up all over the area: the towns of Sonoita-Elgin in Santa Cruz county and Willcox in Cochise County. They are roughly an hour apart. The Sonoita-Elgin wineries are the oldest and closest to Tucson. Most people think of these wineries when talking about winetasting in Southern Arizona. But there is a new crop of Wineries springing up around Willcox. The town of Willcox sports several wine tasting rooms, which have popped up in the past couple of years. Some say the soil around Willcox is better. Must be the cows. You decide.

Sonoita Wine Tasting Tour: July 2015

Group at Callaghan Vineyards

First stop: Callaghan Vineyards. Lisa Callaghan (right) poured the wine and described the characteristics of each. Here the group received their wine glasses that they would take with them to the other wineries. On a pleasant Sunday in July, our group of 5 intrepid adventurers set out from Tucson about … Continue reading

Join Us On 3 Guided Tours In May!

Bisbee Arizona

Jim Gressinger, publisher of Southern Arizona Guide, will lead 3 guided tours this month. Bisbee Overnight Tour: Thursday May 21st and Friday May 22nd. On our way to historic Bisbee, we’ll check out a couple of interesting ghost towns. On Thursday PM, we’ll take a guided tour of Old Town … Continue reading

Southern Arizona Guided Tour Schedule

Southern Arizona Guide Tours Schedule October 2015 – April 2016 (Dates & Times are Subject To Change.) Other tours, such as our Ruby Ghost Town Tour, will be added from time to time and announced 3-4 weeks in advance. ) For a description of our tours please see our Guided … Continue reading

Tucson Day Trip 3: Southern Arizona Wine Country

Deer grazing near Sonoita

The dozen or so wineries in the little communities of Sonoita & Elgin are about an hour southeast of Tucson via scenic Hwy. 83.  The terrain here is very different from Tucson. No saguaros, but miles of rolling hills, tall grass & cattle herds. Empire Ranch More than a century … Continue reading

Coronado Vineyards Near Willcox Az

Coronado Vineyards Willcox Az

Coronado Vineyards is just off the I-10 (exit 344) a few miles east of Willcox. To our delight, they had a great wine-tasting offer. Six different wines to sample plus the wine glass for only $7.00. Now, if the wines are any good, this could be a bonanza.

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Southwest Wine Guide

Carol & Paul Wilcox

Southwest Wine Guide is a website by Carol Wilcox and her husband Paul. They are Arizonans who, for the sheer joy of it, have for 30 years sought out the best California and Arizona wineries. They publish a blog about their travels and review selected wines they find along their way. I found their recommendations helpful, so was very please when Carol said I could share them with you.

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