Wineries and Wine Tasting in Southern Arizona

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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.

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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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Willcox Area and Willcox Wines

Southern Az Wine Grapes

(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