Day 5: Tucson Wine and Cattle Country

Cute Vegetable Display

About an hour to the east of Tucson is Wilcox County which is cattle and wine country. It is a beautiful drive with great scenery and award winning vintages.

Take I-10 to route 83 and visit the Empire Ranch. This 1900 to 1950 ranch depicts an era and life style you’ll want to experience. Tour the simple, quaint home with its mountainous back drop.

Another 45 minutes down route 83 is the Eligin, Arizona Wine Country on Elgin Road. Here you are greeted by a welcoming sign.

Visiting 5 different wineries in this region I found their tastings range in price from $6 to $20 per person with credit given if you bring your own wine glass. Tasting rooms were varied and different from what I am accustomed to. Most lacked decoration and character. In different regions of the country wineries have found a lucrative business in weddings. Something for Arizona wineries to consider as they make their tasting rooms more charming and conducive for this type of business.

Grape Fields

After trying 20 different samples of the regions wines I found the desert wines to be my favorite. A desert wine with dark chocolate enhances the wine experience and I was pleased to see chocolates offered at one tasting room.

Food was available at one of the tasting rooms via an outside food truck. While I am familiar with Texas ribs these while different however tasty with good volume for the price.

So take a day and visit Wilcox Wine Country. Bottles cost approximately $18-$32 and it will be a day you won’t forget.

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