There 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.
In early April 2013, I wanted to drive the back road to Ft. Huachuca from Sonoita to view the Garden Canyon petroglyphs.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
Southern Arizona has two main areas for growing wine grapes: Willcox about an hour’s drive east of Tucson and Sonoita/Elgin less than an hour’s drive to the southeast. But when people talk about Southern Arizona’s Wine Country, they’re mainly referring to Sonoita and Elgin.Continue reading
(October 2, 2011) Ms. Karen and I enjoyed our backroad travels yesterday in Cochise County – Southeastern Arizona. Stopped at the Rex Allen Museum in Willcox for the first time. The crowd was celebrating Rex Allen Days. Definitely esoteric local history. Which, by the way, I enjoy. I meet a … Continue reading
This is a very pleasant day trip from Tucson to the Wine Country of Sonoita & Elgin. When touring, we try not to back track and the route I suggest here takes you back through Box Canyon to Madera Canyon for a picnic, before heading back to Tucson via I-19 north of Green Valley.Continue reading