Road Trip to Sonoita: Touring Arizona’s Wine Country

We’re mechanics, which means we love getting our hands dirty under the hood of cars. At night, we take our work home with us – literally. We get behind the wheel and drive home. Sometimes, on weekends, we keep our work close by on a road trip to somewhere new and exciting.

Road trips are some of the most fun types of vacations. You get to see the world from a different perspective. Instead of offering you the same old car care advice (you can get more of that on our Facebook page), we wanted to take a unique approach to our blog – road tripping.

For the next 12 months, we’ll offer one road trip per month to inspire you to hit the road. First on our list: Sonoita, Arizona.

Visiting Arizona’s Wine Country

Sonoita Arizona is known as part of Arizona’s wine country. Here, you will find over twelve wineries ready to welcome you through their doors. Each one has its own personality. Here are a few of the must-visit wineries on our list when we make a trip to Sonoita.

Arizona Hops and Vines

For a quirky wine tasting, visit Arizona Hops and Vines. This winery is home to off-the-wall events, outlandish Southwestern decor, corn hole games and livestock. Pair your wine with Cheetos, or whatever other fun treat they have on hand for the day. Don’t forget to make a wish! Write your wish on a piece of paper, put it in the barrel and ring the bell. Everyone will give you a friendly toast to help your wish come true.

Flying Leap

Another favorite winery in Sonoita is Flying Leap. This vineyard has a tasting room where you can sit back and unwind while being surrounded by the oak barrels and experts. The vineyard is owned and operated by a family in Southeast Tucson, making it a must-visit for any Rita Ranch or Vail resident!

Lightning Ridge Cellars

Another Vail-family owned and operated winery located in Sonoita is Lightning Ridge Cellars. Here, you’ll try a variety of rich red wines. Ask for a tour and you might be able to get a glimpse behind the scenes where the wine is made and stored while it ferments. On some evenings, the Lightning Ridge crew sets up a formal dinner to allow you to try their wines paired with delicious foods.

Charron Vineyards

On your way back from Sonoita to Vail or Rita Ranch, you’ll want to make one last wine tasting stop at Charron Vineyards. This winery is the only one located outside of Sonoita and in Vail itself. Its views are incredible and its wines are even better. It’s a great place to make your last (or first) stop while coming home from Arizona’s wine country.

A Word of Warning Before You Go

Although wine tasting is a relaxing experience, it’s not one that you should enjoy while driving. Make sure to designate a driver before the tastings begins. Although the samples might seem small, they’re enough to impair your ability to safely drive.

Now we’d love to hear from you! Head over to our Facebook page and let us know which winery is your favorite. Cheers!


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