Journey with us into Southeastern Arizona to enjoy breathtaking scenery and world-class wine on the Wilcox Wine Trail. Along the way we’ll stop for lunch on self in Tucson—heading straight into the heart of U of A’s campus—where we’ll find a number of great little restaurants and a charming urban region to explore before hopping back on the bus headed for Wilcox. We’ll visit Birds and Barrels Vineyards, owned and operated by Chad and Monica Preston, who purchased their 50 acres in the spring of 2015 and have been clearing land, planting, harvesting and making wine ever since. The focus of Birds and Barrels Vineyards is not only to produce great wine but to offer its consumers an Arizona wine experience. Birds and Barrels is located on the Willcox Bench at an elevation slightly over 4300 feet. Currently they have 10 varietals planted—seven red and three white. The onsite tasting room overlooks the Willcox Bench as well as Sulphur Springs Valley to the west, with fabulous views of the Dos Cabezas looming over the vineyard to the North. We’ll taste a flight of five wines at Birds and Barrels and score a beautiful souvenir glass, included, before heading down the road to award winning Zarpara Vineyard. Rather than specializing in a style or region, Zarpara’s wines are produced from varietals that originated in the upper Mediterranean—from Spain, across France, to Italy. The tasting room and winery are nestled into the vineyard, and Rhona or Mark are usually pouring wine in the tasting room—chances are you’ll get to visit with the owners themselves. We’ll taste a flight of five wines at Zarpara, both red and white, usually all dry, included. Late afternoon we’ll head back to the Valley. We hope you’ll join us for this exciting tour into one of Arizona’s newest wine regions!
Depart: NW 8 a.m. Phx 8:30 a.m. Mesa 9 a.m. R: 7 p.m.