A guide to Willcox Wine Country

Lifestyle | 25 Nov |

Arizona’s wine industry is flourishing in Cochise County — particularly Willcox Wine Country — with the opening of new vineyards and tasting rooms. The majority of Arizona’s wines are produced from Cochise County grapes. Here is a guide to Willcox Wine Country and its amazing wineries, in alphabetical order.

Aridus Wine Company

Aridus has two tasting rooms where you can sample their award-winning wines. The first is at its custom crush facility on Haskell Avenue, where other area wines are made, and the second is its own tasting room on Railview Avenue. The Haskell Avenue tasting room also features the portfolio of local wines made at the facility.

Cochise County tasting room: 145 N. Railview Ave., Willcox, AZ

Information: ariduswineco.com

Phone: (520) 766-9463

Bodega Pierce

Bodega Pierce highlights wines made exclusively from grapes grown at the family’s estate vineyard in Willcox. The wines are designed to express the high desert terroir of the Willcox Bench that are unsurpassed in producing spectacular world class wines. Bodega Pierce aims to provide Arizona wine drinkers with a consistent product that over-delivers on quality.

Cochise County tasting room: 4511 E. Robbs Rd., Willcox, AZ

Information: bodegapierce.com

Phone: (602) 320-1722

Carlson Creek Vineyards

Carlson Creek features wine varietals from the Carlsons, a family owned and operated business. Family members have completed viticulture and winemaking classes at University of California-Davis. Their varietals include syrah, sauvignon blanc, sangiovese, chardonnay, and a red blend.

Cochise County tasting room: 115 N. Railview Ave.,Willcox, AZ

Information: carlsoncreek.com

Phone: (520) 766-3000

Coronado Vineyards

Coronado Vineyards’ winery and on-site vineyard offers daily tasting hours in its wine and tapas lounge. Coronado Vineyards has a variety of unique wines, from a sweet white table wine to a dry red wine, all from Arizona-grown wine grapes.

Cochise County tasting room: 2909 E. Country Club Dr., Willcox, AZ

Information: coronadovineyards.com

Phone: (520) 384-2993

Golden Rule Vineyards

Golden Rule Vineyards, nestled along the eastern edge of the Gunnison Hills and at the northern tip of the Dragoon Mountains, is a part of the Willcox Wine Country. It offers guests an opportunity to indulge in premium Arizona wine and experience authentic naturally produced Arizona pistachios.

Cochise County tasting room: 3525 N. Golden Rule Rd., Cochise, AZ

Information: goldenrulevineyards.com

Phone: (520) 507-3310

Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards

Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards offers exclusively estate grown and bottled wine from its 21-acre vineyards in the Chiricahua Mountain foothills. Keeling-Schaefer opened its tasting room in downtown Willcox in February 2010 and is open Thursdays through Sundays.

Cochise County tasting room: 154 N. Railroad Ave., Willcox, AZ

Information: keelingschaefervineyards.com

Phone: (520) 766-0600

Kief-Joshua Vineyards

Kief-Joshua Vineyards offers a magnificent view of the beautiful mountain ranges of Sonoita and is the perfect setting to taste their acclaimed wines. Public tastings are offered daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its Elgin tasting room. Kief-Joshua offers five wines for tasting at a cost of $10, which includes a souvenir glass with your wine or $7 if you bring a glass.

Cochise County tasting room: 4923 E. Arzberger Rd., Willcox, AZ

Information: kj-vineyards.com

Phone: (520) 455-5582

Pillsbury Wine Company

In a quaint vineyard cottage on a rustic working vineyard in the Sulphur Springs Valley, Pillsbury Wine Company’s tasting experience at their tasting room is as unique as its rural locale. Pillsbury’s crisp, light, and refreshing wines are all made in the Rhone style. The wide-open spaces surrounding the tasting room are perfect for hanging out and enjoying mountain views.

Cochise County tasting room: 6450 S. Bennett Place, Willcox, AZ

Information: pillsburywine.com

Phone: (520) 384-3964 or (310) 508-3348

Zarpara Vineyard

Zarpara Vineyard is located on the “Willcox Bench” – an Arizona premier wine-growing region just 15 minutes from downtown Willcox. Zarpara Vineyard began planting vines in 2010. Its tasting flight features exceptional, hand-crafted wines. Zarpara Vineyard has breathtaking views of the Dos Cabezas Mountains.

Cochise County tasting room: 6777 S. Zarpara Lane, Willcox, AZ

Information: zarpara.com

Phone: (520) 222-7114

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