Nestled just South of Tucson, you’ll find the charming little town and officially recognized AVA (American Viticultural Area) wine region of Sonoita, Arizona. Being part of the state’s original wine country, Sonoita is home to the oldest commercial winery and vineyard in Arizona. Although the town is quaint and sleepy, the wineries and tasting rooms continuously thrive year after year (with good reason)!
Sonoita is the perfect escape from reality…from the marvelous views of vines sprawling out towards majestic mountains, to the adorable boutiques, restaurants, and gift shops to browse in. Whether you’re planning a trip with your significant wine-loving other, or bringing the little ones along for a family outing, this spectacular wine region is welcoming to all visitors.
The climate is Sonoita is usually dry with plenty of sunshine, so be sure to pack some sunscreen and water to enjoy a lovely day in the fresh, country air among the grapevines. Due to the fantastic soil (comparable to the soils in Burgundy) and arid climate, grapes such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sangiovese, and others, thrive and produce beautiful fruit here.
End the perfect day at one of the top wineries with a sunset that paints the entire Arizona sky with fiery reds, oranges, and yellows like you’ve never seen before. Cheers!
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1. Deep Sky Vineyard
CW Score: 91.8
Address: 124 Elgin Road Elgin, AZ 85611
Overview: While primarily focused on producing red wines that reflect the juicy and robust wines of Argentina, this winery produces both a white and rosé wine, as well. Using superior technology to manage and oversee everything that happens in the vineyards, Deep Sky focuses on ripening grapes to a level which yields perfectly balanced wines.
Open Wednesday through Sunday, the winery offers reasonably priced tastings in their gorgeous, rustic tasting room…and you get to keep the glass!
2. Arizona Hops and Vines
CW Score: 90.3
Address: 3450 AZ-82 Sonoita, AZ 85637
Overview: This family-owned and operated winery started as a dream for two sisters who decided to make it a reality. They take pride in not being “your average winery”, and strive to make every guest feel at home when visiting and tasting their range of delicious wines.
This fun, laid back winery offers Cheetos to snack on during your tasting, warm or cold slushy Sangrias (depending on the time of year), and a petting zoo…perfect for kids! Definitely not your typical winery.
3. Autumn Sage Vineyards
CW Score: 89.6
Address: 90 Elgin Rd Elgin, AZ 85611
Overview: This breathtaking winery is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle. Located just 50 miles Southeast of Tucson, Autumn Sage is in the heart of Southern Arizona wine country.
The winery grows 7 grape varieties, including Sagrantino, a red grape that hails from Central Italy. Sagrantino is not very well-known outside of it’s region, but Autumn Sage is one of the largest producers of these grapes in the US!
4. The Meading Room
CW Score: 88.5
Address: 3470 Hwy 82 Sonoita, AZ 85637
Overview: If you’re a fan of mead (honey wine), fruit ciders, wines, and lavender…this small farm and winery is your dream come true! Owned by a mother and daughter, The Meading Room has over 10 wines and ciders to choose from, all made with farm fresh ingredients.
If you’re looking for some food to go with your glass (or bottle) of choice, be sure to pack a picnic and a blanket…sprawling on the grass is highly encouraged here! The little ones will have plenty to do as well, with a playhouse, snacks, chickens, a friendly cat, and many lawn games all at their disposal.
5. Flying Leap Vineyards & Distillery
CW Score: 88.2
Address: 342 Elgin Rd Elgin, AZ 85611
Overview: Located in the heart of Arizona wine country, this winery puts quality before anything else. With all grapes being carefully hand-harvested, only the highest standard berries actually make it into the bottles. The owners are familiar with high-quality products, also owning ‘Arizona Rub’, a company that makes premium, non-GMO dry rubs and spices.
Looking for something different to try? We recommend tasting their Habanero Lux wine, an Argentinian Malbec wine that has been infused with fresh, hand-cut Habanero peppers.
6. Rancho Rossa Vineyards + Rescued Hearts Cellars
CW Score: 86.6
Address: 201 Cattle Ranch Ln Elgin, AZ 85611
Overview: This 24 acre vineyard grows 13 different grape varieties, and is proud to be the only 100% estate in the Sonoita area. The owner, Chris Hamilton, has over 30 years of experience making beer and wine.
He believes in using old school techniques when it comes to wine…allowing the grapes to make the wine with as little human intervention as possible. There’s a great chance of meeting him at the winery or seeing him working in the vineyards during your visit!
They also feature a non-profit brand of wine, where proceeds go to their non-profit foundation to support Arizona animal rescues with emergency veterinary bills. Enjoy a fantastic wine while supporting an amazing cause!
7. Dos Cabezas WineWorks
CW Score: 79.7
Address: 3248 AZ-82 Sonoita, AZ 85637
Overview: Since 1995, Dos Cabezas have been growing grapes and producing wines that represent Southern Arizona’s distinctive flavor and unique style. Always working hard to produce high quality, diligent wines, Winemakers Todd and Kelly Bostock have been named among The San Francisco Chronicle’s 10 Winemakers to Watch.
The tasting room is located in the scenic, peaceful grasslands, and is open Thursday through Monday, along with the winery’s delicious wood-fired pizza restaurant. Enjoy red, white, and rosé wines at this marvelous spot.
8. Hannah’s Hill Vineyard
CW Score: 76.9
Address: 3989 AZ-82 Elgin, AZ 85611
Overview: Open Friday through Sunday, stop by this lovely gem, and treat your palate with some splendid wines! The first vines were planted in Hannah’s Hill Vineyard in 2010 by friends and family. Now, it has become an award-winning winery that offers Tempranillo, Mourvèdre, Petite Syrah, Malvasia, Rousanne, and Riesling.
As you drive down to the barn, you’ll be greeted by the super-friendly winery dogs who will happily join you on a tour of the vines and wines. The hospitality is superb, and the staff loves talking about wine and answering any questions.
9. Rune Wines
CW Score: 74.9
Address: 3969 AZ-82 Sonoita, AZ 85637
Overview: This off-the-grid winery boasts some of the best views and wines around. There’s nothing in the world like snacking on a gorgeous charcuterie board, sipping a fantastic wine, and enjoying the natural, rugged scenic beauty of Arizona. Sounds pretty dreamy, right?
Proudly representing the state’s only solar-powered vineyard and tasting room, enjoy the 5-6 wine tasting menu that includes a rosé, whites, and reds. Open everyday for tastings, reservations are not required but are appreciated so the team can prepare your special spot.
10. Sonoita Vineyards
CW Score: 71.1
Address: 290 Elgin Canelo Rd Elgin, AZ 85611
Overview: Opened in 1983, this legendary place is Sonoita’s first commercial vineyard and winery. Open everyday but Tuesday, gaze across the 30+ acres of vineyards, take a stroll around the barrel room, peek into the gift shop, and of course savor some delicious wines.
Whether you’re in the mood for sweet, dry, or sparkling wines, Sonoita Vineyards has a wide selection to meet everyone’s taste. While the winery is grand and breathtaking, every wine is hand bottled, labeled, and capped with less than 2,000 bottled per vintage.
Don’t skip their Cabernet Sauvignon, with one vintage chosen by national wine critics to serve at a Presidential Inauguration Gala!
Plan Your Visit to Sonoita’s Top Wineries
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Plan for a Winery Picnic
Finally, review our picnic-packing tips for a day at the wineries. We include a packing checklist, tips on dressing for the occasion, and food pairing considerations for the different types of wine you might encounter. Cheers!
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