Wine lovers, mark your calendars for the Sonoita Vineyard’s 2013 Harvestfest on August 3-4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For just $15, Harvestfest guests will have the opportunity to taste an array of award winning wines ranging from crisp and fruity to bold and complex.
As the first winery established in Sonoita, this winery’s history is as rich as their wines and the perfect place to unwind and even stomp grapes in the afternoon.
Sonoita Vineyards began when Dr. Gordon Dutt, (owner and founder) established an experimental vineyard on the red, acidic clay in Southern Arizona back in 1973.
The success of that vineyard and the quality of wines led to the planting of a commercial vineyard in 1979, the first in the Sonoita-Elgin area. The winery opened in 1983 with a first-year production of 300 gallons.
Along with partaking in truly unique wine tasting, guests will enjoy the stunning views of the hillside vineyards, undulating grasslands, and scenic mountain ranges as they learn about this small, out-of-the-way winery. The staff will be happy to tell you all about the wine-making process.
The Sonoita Vineyards are located a little more than an hour outside of Tucson at 290 Elgin-Canelo Road (just outside of Elgin, Arizona).
All About Wine
The Sonoita Vineyard’s Harvestfest is all about the wine. Come stomp some grapes, learn about food and wine pairings, taste current releases, and take a horse-drawn wagon vineyard tour. It’s a great way to kick back, relax and enjoy the day.
Festival guests will have the opportunity to enjoy two-hour trail rides from Arizona Horseback Experience. Since the wineries are located in the high desert, temperatures are 20-30 degrees cooler than Phoenix. It’s a perfect way to get out of the heat and enjoy the beautiful scenery. To make a reservation, call 520-455-5696.
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