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Sonoita's wineries rank high

Southeastern Arizona is well known for its collection of vineyards and wineries spread throughout the valley in Sonoita-Elgin.

There are several major vineyards and wineries, many family owned and operated, in the Sonoita/Elgin area in SE Arizona.

Each winery has tours and tasting rooms and offer complimentary samplings of their production. The area vineyards and wine tasting rooms are located south of Sonita and Elgin communities.

Sonoita area Vineyards

Meet the wine makers, tour the fields, taste the fruit of grapes produced by local vineyards. Most vineyards are usually open from Frdau through Sunday between 10 or 11 am until 4 or 5 pm.

Callaghan Vineyards is at an elevation of 4,000 feet and produces rich red and white wines from its 25 acre vineyard. Open to the public Friday through Sunday from 11am to 3pm. 336 Elgin Road. 520-455-5322. callaghanvineyards.com

Canelo Hills Vineyard & Winery is a family winery opened in 2003 by Tim and Joan Mueller. They bottle Syrah, Riesling, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Sangiovese and Chardonnay. Every April, they host the Canelo Wine & Farm Festival. Open from Friday through Sunday, 11am-4pm. 342 Elgin Road. 520-455-5499. www.canelohillswinery.com

Charron Vineyards is located in Vail, 3/4 a mile fro Highway 83 between Tucson and Sonoita. Their tasting room is open Friday-Sunday from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. Weekdays and appointments also available. Located at an elevation of 4,023 feet. 18585 South Sonoita Highway. 520-762-8585. www.charronwvineyards.com

Four Monkeys Wines is a new winery at reasonable prices. The Playful Monkey is a Cabernet Sauvignon, the Sinful Monkey, the Naughty Monkey and the Cheeky Monkey. Open daily from 10am-4pm. 471 Elgin Road. 520-455-9309. www.fourmonkeywines.com.

Kief-Joshua Vineyard is open daily from 11am until 5pm. Located at 370 Elgin Road. 520-455-582. kiefjoshuavineyards.com

Lightning Ridge Cellars is a family winery established in 2005 and located at 5,100 feet. Their specialty is Italian varietals such as Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, Primitivo, Malvasia and Muscat Canelli. Open Friday through Sunday, 11am -4pm. 2368 Highway 83. 520-678-8220. www.lightningridgecellars.com.

Sonoita Vineyards Winery/Tasting Room is open daily from 10am-4pm (except on major holidays). Several annual wine festivals are held at the grounds with open house, tastings, food and entertainment. Arrange for Private tours, tastings, luncheons or special events in the Sonoita Vineyards Vintage Room. sonoitavineyards.com

Village of Elgin Winery/Four Monkeys has wines handcrafted by owners Gary and Kathy Reeves making small lots of red, white and rosé wines from Sauvignon Blanc, Caberent Sauvignon and Sangiovese to the traditional blends. Home to the Tombstone Red, Tombstone Gungslinger and two white wines, the Tombstone Rain and Tombstone Showdown. Open daily from 10am-4pm. 471 Elgin Road. 520-455-9309. www.elginwines.com.

Sonoita Wineries Events & Festivals

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