Phoenix New Times Talks Hops

A new article in the Phoenix New Times is all about our hops!

Nowadays, the rolling grasslands of Sonoita and Elgin are better known for wineries than big cattle ranches. But apparently, grapes aren’t destined to be the only gold in them thar hills.

Shannon Austin Zouzoulas and Megan Austin Haller — two 30-something sisters who just opened AZ Hops & Vines (their self-described “cheeky little winery” in Sonoita) in March of this year — have also harvested their first crop of hops this week, the first hops commercially grown in the state of Arizona.

These chicks don’t fool around.

They started out with grapes two years ago, planting six acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre, Grenache and Graciano.Because their grapes are still young (most wineries wait three years to harvest them for wine-making), they are currently offering six wines they’ve made using grapes sourced from other Arizona and California vineyards (including Stag’s Leap for their big bad Imbibe).

Read the whole thing here.

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