Arizona’s Wine Side

Images of emerald grape leaves waving in the summer breeze usually don’t fill the pages of Arizona tourism brochures and magazines.

Still, they’re becoming a more common sight as Arizona’s young wine industry grows.

That’s right: Wine is made in Arizona.

I had the same reaction when friends told me about Sonoita, a tiny crossroads about an hour southeast of Tucson, in the southeastern corner of the state brimming with young fields of Mourvèdre and Tempranillo.

With the harvest in, the holiday season approaching and Arizona’s thermostat dropping, year-end is a smart time to visit its wine country.

Speak the name Gordon Dutt and any local winemaker will tell you the story of the man regarded as the father of Arizona winemaking.