Southern Arizona

Southern Arizona

Discover great tasting wine, experience wild west history and enjoy the scenic views, national monuments and historical buildings.

WILLCOX WINE COUNTRY

Viticulture in Arizona began during the 16th century when Spanish Jesuits missionaries began to produce wine for use in the Holy Sacrament. Today, there are now over 110 wineries, vineyards and cellars throughout Arizona. The Arizona wine business is booming and touts successful varietals from the Southern Rhone region (such as Syrah and Grenache) and Italy (including Sangiovese and Pinot Grigio)! Willcox Wine Country is a consortium of Arizona Farm wineries located in the Willcox area. The consortium consists of ten wineries and tasting rooms. This area grows 74% of Arizona’s wine grapes and is the source of the most highly-rated Arizona wines by Wine Spectator – 45 wines rated “88-90” over the past five years.

The Willcox area was recently granted AVA (American Vinicultural Area) status. The designation of the Willcox AVA recognizes the area as a unique and distinctive wine growing region in the United States. As a result, you’ll soon see the “Willcox” appellation on wine labels from this region.

Willcox Wine Country hosts two wine festivals each year – the third weekend during May and October. Willcox Wine Country’s festival was rated as one of the top-ten wine festivals in North America by Fodor’s Travel!

“Bucket List”

* Aridus Wine Company

* Golden Rule Vineyards

* Pillsbury Wine Company

* Bodega Pierce

* Keeling Schaefer Vineyards

* Zapara Vineyard

* Carlson Creek Vineyards

* Kief-Joshua Vineyards

* Coronado Vineyards

* Passion Cellars

 

VISIT DOUGLAS

The Douglas area was first settled by the Spanish during the 18th century. The U.S. Army established Camp San Bernardino in the latter half of the 19th century and Camp Douglas was later built in 1910. Douglas was officially incorporated in 1905 and is named after mining pioneer Dr. James Douglas. Douglas also received notoriety as being threatened for attack by Mexican revolutionary leader Pancho Villa in 1916. Ten years later, missing evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson was found collapsed after being kidnapped and convalesced at Douglas’ Calumet Hospital. Her story of kidnap, torture and escape brought reporters and tourists from around the country to see the famous minister. Douglas also possesses a rich aviation history, boasting the first international airport in the U.S. and being flown to/from by famous aviators including Amelia Earhardt.

Today, Douglas is a charming border community that enjoys great relations with its Mexican-border town of Aqua Prieta. The city has recently been named one of the country’s best “micropolitan” areas for providing superior amenities, a growing economy and a moderate cost of living to its residents. Douglas’ Church Square is the only block in the nation that houses just churches – four different churches, one on each corner.

“Bucket List”

* Border Air Museum

* John Slaugther Ranch

* Old Camp Rucker Ranch

* The Gadsden Hotel

* Belle Starr’s Silverado Ranch
* Church Square

 

TOMBSTONE

Tombstone is internationally known for its storied past and legendary history. Legends like Wyatt Earp and “Doc” Holliday were “immortalized” after the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Walk the streets that these and other legendary men and women once inhibited in the “Town Too Tough to Die”. During the late 1870’s, Tombstone became a bustling boomtown of the Wild West after starting as a silver mining claim. After a hard day’s work in the mines, Tombstone provided entertainment to the miners. Opera, Theatre, Saloons, Dance Halls and Brothels lined Allen Street and played host to an active night life. We invite you to tour the Tombstone Courthouse (now a museum), be a part of the action with live reenactments of the shootouts that made Tombstone famous and then to quench your thirst at the saloon of your choice.

Looking for a moment of serenity? Make a pilgrimage to historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and join in the celebration of its 135th anniversary. Tombstone has preserved many of the original buildings from its silver boom past. Actors dressed in Western gear walk through town as staged gunfights breakout in the streets. Shop, wine and dine along historical Allen Street and play cowboy/cowgirl!

“Bucket List”

* Bird Cage Theatre

* Boothill Graveyard

* Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

* O.K. Corral

* Old Tombstone City Hall

* Ike Clanton’s Haunted Hotel

* Schieffelin Hall

* Silver Strike Winerys storied

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21 Mar 2018


By Elaine Earle