The Sonoita Area

Sonoita, Arizona, is a pretty special place, with lots of stuff to tell, but to be honest, there’s only three things you need to know:

  • Sonoita is a lot higher and a lot cooler than Tucson or Phoenix – the nightly low temperature in Phoenix is a little lower than our daily high temperature.
  • This is Arizona’s premier wine country, officially designated by the ATF as an American Viticultural Area, with active wineries for over 40 years, and ranches and farms going back generations to the 1830’s – the area has been farmed for well over 4,000 years.
  • It’s just 45 minutes from Tucson, and the directions to Hops & Vines involve exactly two turns once you’re on I-10: Turn South/Right on scenic Highway 83, go 16 miles, East/Left on 82 (at the stop sign), then go 2 miles and it’s on your left.

A Little History

 

The Sonoita landscape from our patio

The Sonoita landscape from our patio

In the mid-1970’s, a soil scientist named Dr. Gordon Dutt at the University of Arizona came to the Sonoita area after helping farmers in Yuma deal with a plant disease. Surprised to find that there were no wineries in the state, he earned a grant and after much research eventually founded our neighbor winery, Sonoita Vineyards. Since then, the area has flourished, and we feel lucky to be planting in a place that has such good soil – it’s very similar to the soil composition in Burgundy, France. The warm days really develop the skin of the grapes, which ripens them, and the 20-30°F drop in temperature maintain the acidity. That balance between the ripening and acidity is the key to a great wine, and we love working our vinyards in this great climate.

The vineyard plantings are 4,500 to 5,000 feet (1,400 to 1,500 m) above sea level, some of the highest in North America. We share a lot of land with ranchers, surrounded by rolling, grass-covered hills. There are even some pine and oak forests nearby, and 30 miles or so to the South is the U.S.-Mexico border.

Not Just Wine

Temperature comparison between Sonoita, Tucson and Phoenix

Although wine is a great reason to come down to Hops & Vines, eventually you will want to eat, and Sonoita has some very fine restaurants – some of the best in Arizona. There are also gift shops, artisan studios and other cottage-industry businesses here, ranging from Native American jewelry and rugs, fine apparel, alpacas, cycling, caverns, hiking, handmade pottery, and all sorts of other stuff.

We also have some really nice local bed-and-breakfasts and ranches, because we’re pretty sure all that isn’t possible in just one day. Just be sure to check in with us to tell us the stories, and send us photos on Facebook or through the photo board page.

Accommodations

 

Canelo Stone Cottage
303.384.0471
VBRO.com/90775

Casita Dole Che
520.455.0416
CasitaDoleChe.com

Crown C Ranch
PO Box 505, Sonoita 85637
73 Crown C Ranch Rd.
520-455-5739

info@crowncranch.com
crowncranch.com

La Hacienda de Sonoita
34 Swanson Road, Sonoita 85637
520-455-5308
rogos@haciendasonoita.com
haciendasonoita.com

Lazy Lizard Rock
290 Via Mantaraya
Rio Rico, AZ 85648
520.619.0230

Open Cross Ranch
520.443.4603
OpenCrossRanchAZ.com

Sonoita Inn
P.O. Box 99
Sonoita, Arizona 85637
520.455.5935
SonoitaInn.com

Sonoita Luxury Accommodations
520.275.1663
SonoitaVacationRentals.com

Spirit Tree Inn B&B
3 Harshaw Creek Road
Patagonia, Az 85624
866.394.0121
Info@SpiritTreeInn.com
SpiritTreeInn.com

Stage Stop Inn
303 McKeown Ave.
P.O. Box 692, Patagonia, AZ 85624
520-394-2211
stagestophotelpatagonia.com

Walker Guest Ranch
PO Box 770, 99 Curly Horse Rd.
Sonoita, Arizona, 85637
520-455-4631
jewsonoita@aol.com
thewalkerranch.com

Whispers Ranch Bed & Breakfast
1490 Hwy 83, mile marker #15
Canelo, Arizona
520.455.9246
WhispersRanch.com

Xanadu Ranch GetAway B&B
92 Los Encinos Rd.
Sonoita, Arizona 85637
520.455.0050
GetAway@XanaduRanch.com
XanaduRanchGetAway.com

 

Local Wineries

AZ Hops and Vines
www.azhopsandvines.com

Callaghan Vineyards
336 Elgin Rd.
Elgin, Arizona 85611
520.455.5322
CallaghanVineyards.com

Dos Cabezas WineWorks
3248 Hwy 82
Sonoita, Arizona 85637
520.455.5141
DosCabezasWinery.com

Flying Leap Vineyards
342 Elgin Road
Elgin, Arizona 85611
520.455.5499
FlyingLeapVineyards.com

Hannah’s Hill Vineyard
3989 Hwy 82
Sonoita, Arizona 85637
520.456.9000
HannahsHill.com

Kief-Joshua Vineyards
370 Elgin Road
Elgin, Arizona 85611
520.455.5582
www.kj-vineyards.com

Lighting Ridge Cellars
2368 Hwy 83
Elgin, Arizona 85611
520.455.5383
www.lightingridgecellars.com

Rancho Rossa Vineyards
32 Cattle Ranch Ln.
Elgin, Arizona 85611
520.455.0700
RanchoRossa.com

Rune Wines
3969 Hwy 82
Sonoita, Arizona 85637
480.570.5147
RuneWines.com

Sonoita Vineyards
Elgin/Canelo Rd.
Elgin, Arizona 85611
520.455.5893
SonoitaVineyards.com

The Village of Elgin Winery
The Elgin Complex
Elgin, Arizona 85611
520.455.9309
ElginWines.com

Wilhelm Family Vineyards
21 Mountain Ranch Drive
Elgin, Arizona 85611
520.455.9291
WilhelmFamilyVineyards.com

 

Restaurants

The Café
3280 Hwy 82
Sonoita, Arizona 85637
520.455.5505

Gathering Grounds
319 McKeown
Patagonia, Arizona 85624
520.394.0010

Route 82 Market
3270 Hwy 82
Sonoita, Arizona 85637
520.255.4554

Sonoita Chuckwagon Grill & Saloon
3170 Hwy 83
Sonoita, Arizona 85637
520.455.4748

The Steak Out Restaurant & Saloon
3200 South Sonoita Hwy
Sonoita, Arizona 85637
520.455.5205

The Vineyard Cafe
3252 Hwy 82
Sonoita, Arizona 85637
520.455.4779

 

Other

Arizona Platinum
Executive sedan
Tucson
520.304.0894
azplatinumsedan.com

Arizona Scenic Tours
10459 W. Pasadena Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85307
480-459-7144
steve@arizonascenictours.com
arizonascenictours.com

Arizona Stagecoach
Tucson
520.881.4111
fgould@azstagecoach.com
stagecoach.com

Arizona Sunshine Tours
Info@ArizonaSunshineTours.com
ArizonaSunshineTours.com

Arizona Vines and Wines Magazine
Arizona Industry Info and Regional Maps
ArizonaVinesAndWines.com
Info@ArizonaWinesandVines.com

Edible Art by Betsy
It’s almost too cute to cut… almost!
520.275.3880
EdibleArtByBetsy.com

Empire Limousine
Winery Packages
520.338.5137

Limoport Transportation
7493 N. Oracle Road S-133
Tucson, AZ 85704
520-529-7400
www.Limoport.Com

Free The Grapes
Help Fight Unfair Shipping
Laws and Get The Wines You Want!
FedUp@FreeTheGrapes.org
FreeTheGrapes.org

Majestic Limousines
Exclusive Winery-Brewery Tours and more.
520.777.7567
Majesticlimo@cox.net
facebook.com/MajesticLimousines

My Wine Helper 
mywinehelper.com

Our Real Estate Agent
www.cherylv.longrealty.com/

Square Top Ranch Alpacas
Mike & Linda Wood
30 Harvest Dr.
Sonoita, Az
520.455.4600
SquareTopRanch.com

Wine Country Tours
520-603-1434
winectours@aol.com
www.winectours.com

Wine Inquirer
Wine blog, food pairing,
News and related topics
Jim@wineinquirer.com
WineInquirer.com

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