Did You Know?
More wine grapes are grown in Willcox Wine Country than all other Arizona growing regions combined.
Scenes from past Willcox Wine Country Festivals All photos by Thomas A. Johnson
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We'll be adding news stories soon. If you find a good Willcox Wine Country related news story, please send a link in an email to Thomas A. Johnson
Arizona Daily Star Profile of Sand-Reckoner Vineyards
Arizona Daily Star Article about the Aridus Custom Crush Facility
Pull That Cork Blog Post about Willcox
Pull That Cork Blog Post about Lawrence Dunham Vineyards
Discover AZ Wines - Article By Peggy Fiandaca for City Sun Times
Sam Pillsbury Spills on the Reason He Landed in Arizona - for Chow Bella
Willcox Wine Country FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
We'll be adding to the FAQ section periodically. If you have a question about Willcox Wine, please send an e-mail to Thomas Ale Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line FAQ Willcox Wine.
Q: What grape varieties are grown in Willcox Wine Country?
A: A wide range of grapes are grown (and experimental blocs are being planted all the time) but many varieties from France (Rhone), Spain (Rioja), & Italy (Piedmont, Chianti, etc...) have already proven to make excellent world-class wines. Mourvedre/Monastrell, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Malvasia, Viognier, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon are some of the more popular varieties grown locally.
Q: Why grow wine grapes in Arizona?
A: Arizona is more than just big cities surrounded by miles of dust and cacti. Arizona has high desert regions (such as Willcox Wine Country) that are well suited to grape growing. These higher elevations have the warm days and cooler nights that bring out the best character in many types of grapes. Grapes thrive with very little water once established (in fact vines that are slightly stressed often produce the best wines) so wine grapes are among the most sustainable crops that can be grown in these regions.
Q: Can I volunteer to work in a vineyard or winery?
A: Yes! Many local vineyards are family owned and appreciate help for planting, harvesting and bottling. These times are great opportunities to meet the winemakers and learn about the many aspects of winemaking. Join winery e-mail lists or follow their social media sites to stay informed regarding these opportunities.
Q: Where is Willcox Wine Country?
A: Willcox Wine Country is the grape growing region in the southeastern corner of Arizona and includes vineyards near Willcox, AZ. It includes vineyards and wineries in portions of Cochise and Graham Counties.
If you'd like to visit Willcox Wine Country for a tasting tour, please see our Wine Tasting page for information on local tasting rooms.
Q: What's the weather like?
A: Great! Our high elevation means warm days and cool nights. Like the rest of Arizona, we have a lot of bright sunny days, but because of our more moderate temperatures many Tucson and Phoenix residents enjoy escaping the heat and visiting Willcox Wine Country. Even on our hottest summer days, our high desert nights are cool and comfortable. In the winter, temperatures can fall below freezing at night (and yes, we get a little snow) but the days are usually warm.
About Willcox Wine Country
Just one hour east of Tucson, Arizona, you can sample award winning, unique and fascinating wines from the largest grape-growing region in the state. Whatever your tastes may be -Serious & Bold Reds, Vibrant & Crisp Whites, Dry, Spicy, Subtle & Food Friendly, Sweet Wines and Dessert Wines- we have something for you! See our map below for directions.
Willcox Wine Country holds two wine festivals each year -- 3rd weekend in May and the 3rd weekend in October.