Wine was first produced in Arizona in the 1700′s by Spanish Missionaries. Modern wine making started in 1973 in the Sonoita area in the Southern end of the state. The high desert climate of Arizona has been likened to the high altitude climate of the Mendoza Valley in Argentina. The diurnal shift of hot days and cool nights ensures ripeness and acidity in the grapes; this gives the wines a longer growing period allowing for more complex and rich flavors. Arizona wines have been highly regarded by Robert Parker, the Wine Spectator and have even been served numerous times at the White House.
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|Willcox||Arizona Stronghold/Caduceus||Arizona Stronghold Vineyards is founded by Eric Glomski (Owner/Director of Winemaking at Page Springs Cellars and previously Winemaker at David Bruce Winery), and Maynard Keenan (Owner of Caduceus Cellars and singer for the band TOOL)
The Dos Cabezas Vineyard near Willcox, Arizona has been replanted with Rhone varieties and some Tempranillo and Sangiovese to produce top notch, high quality wines.
The first two releases from 2008 are the Nachise: A Grenache based Rhone blend, and Mangus: A Sangiovese based Super Tuscan style wine.
The Caduceus wines of Maynard Keenan are produced in either Arizona or California dependent on the label.
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