Welcome Sign at Wilhelm Family Vineyards Tasting Room
Welcome Sign at Wilhelm Family Vineyards Tasting Room

The Story of Wilhelm Family Vineyards

Karyl and Kevin Wilhelm met in Saudi Arabia while serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Gulf War. Kevin was a fighter pilot and Karyl worked in aeromedical evacuation. They have been happily married for over 29 years. In 2004 they purchased land in Sonoita, which is one of two American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in Arizona. Because of the unique terroir of the region, they decided to plant a vineyard and produce local wine. Karyl earned her winemaking certification at UC Davis and began the process of growing grapes and creating wines. Her biomedical engineering degree and knowledge of chemistry are immensely helpful, as is Kevin's experience as a fourth-generation farmer.
Together, they have grown their business and continue to work to make the best wines possible. In 2008, Wilhelm Family Vineyards officially opened. Since then, the Wilhelms have been producing award-winning wines. The winery specializes in Spanish varietals, but also grows French varietals to produce both blended and single-varietal wines including Tempranillo, Graciano, Verdejo, Garnacha, Albariño, Tannat, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Wilhelm Vineyards with 2 wine bottles in the foreground

Sonoita Winery, Vineyard, & Tasting Room

When you visit us in Sonoita, you can schedule a tour of our winery and vineyard. We are located in the heart of the Empire Mountain Plateau and you can enjoy gorgeous views while you sample wines in our tasting room. With many varietals to choose from, there is a wine for everyone in your group, whether you enjoy traditional dry wines or sweeter options.

Experience It For Yourself

Award-Winning Wines

Visit our Sonoita winery and vineyards to choose wines to sample and experience our beautiful location. Our wines can also be ordered online . We ship nationwide so you can experience our wines in almost any state. Our varietals are made from grapes grown in the high-desert terroir of southern Arizona and feature unique flavors. In addition to our single varietal estate wines, we produce estate blends, naturally-flavored Sangrias, Gliihwein, and a wide array of white and red Port-style dessert wines. With such a variety of wines to taste, we are confident that you will find something you love in our collection.

Visit Our Sonoita Tasting Room or our Tucson Terra Alta Bistro
Wilhelm Family Vineyards | 21 Mountain Ranch Drive | Elgin, Arizona | 520-455-9291 | Saturday and Sunday 11a - 4p