For our 2016 vintages we purchased fruit from El Dorado County in California and rapidly shipped the tonnage to our winery on property. We produced the same varietals we planted on the vineyard and crafted them in the same style.
For the 2017 harvested, we wanted to get fruit closer to home and represent the terroir of Southern Arizona. Luckily, most of the fruit grown in Arizona comes from nearby Cochise county and we plan to purchase as much fruit as possible from our home state.
Mockingbird Ranch, 1975
In 1974, we purchased a small piece of property in Mariposa County, California, called Mockingbird Ranch. On this land stood an old vineyard planted by italian immigrants decades prior and even though it was unkept for years, we decided to harvest the fruit and try our hand at winemaking. That was the spark that inspired us to make winemaking a part of our life. Even though we moved east, we longed to try our hand again at this craft and found an unexpected home in Southern Arizona.
After purchasing a 5 acre parcel of land in northern Tucson, we saw the potential for a vineyard in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. Starting with heat loving varietals, we planted Viognier, Petite Sirah, Malbec, Sangiovese, and Tempranillo in our boutique vineyard. Despite the heat and monsoon activity, the vines flourished and starting producing fruit in 2016. However, due to the small size, we needed to source fruit from other areas.
Our vineyard in Tucson, Arizona
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