Believe it or not, in southern Arizona they’re growing wine grapes.

When traveling through this part of the country, it’s hard to  imagine that it’s possible to grow anything.  But…in a tiny little spot on the map called Elgin, Arizona, they’re doing it and they’re doing it well!

Several vineyards and wineries can be found in the Sonoita-Elgin area, about an hour or so southeast of Tucson:

Charron, Kief-Joshua, Wilhelm Family , Village-of-Elgin/Four Monkeys, Rancho Rossa and Callaghan Vineyards along with Canela Hills Winery and Lightning Ridge Cellars.  We visited many of the above vineyards and all had great wines.  I was surprised at the variety: Tempranillo, syrah, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, riesling, sangiovese, etc.  One location even had “Christmas in a Glass” , a gluhwein type drink.  It was December and it was delightful!


And after visiting many of these fine wine makers and tasting along the way, you too may see something like this…..

Was he really green? I can’t really say because I can’t quite remember after all that wine!