Reasons to Visit Wine Country

When you picture a visit to wine country, you may be imagining that you need to get on a plane or drive to California. However, did you know that you can visit wine country in Arizona? Sonoita was the first American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the state and is home to beautiful high-desert rolling hills…

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Our Spanish Wine Varietals

At Wilhelm Family Vineyards, we specialize in Spanish wine. The complex soil at our Sonoita winery is well-suited for growing varietals from the La Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions of Spain. From full-bodied reds to refreshing whites, we have wines to please every palate. Here are some of our Spanish varietals: Red Wines Tempranillo…

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9,999 Vines To Prune

Pruning is a critical process in the production of premium wines. Grapevines are similar to the more commonly known rose bushes that need spring pruning. The goal is to cut back the previous year’s growth, help store carbohydrates, shape the promote high-quality fruit sets and structure the vine to grow a healthy crop but more…

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Where, here?

Picking the right location is a critical step in a successful and fruitful operation. We felt as if we accomplished adequate research when we were deciding on our location. With that be said, remember that achieving everything might be difficult. Be prepared for give and take as you move forward. Here are a few things…

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Compost Spreader

As any typical man, I thought I needed a full complement of tractors and associated attachments, aka implements. Instead, I spent more time and money re-tooling the vineyard equipment to what I needed vursus wanted. Here is a must-have. I use the compost spreader multiple times each year. More specifically, I spread chicken manure in…

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So Many Decisions

There is an enormous amount of thought that must go into your decision before building and developing an estate vineyard and winery. Doing so in Sonoita, Arizona is even more difficult than most areas. Don’t rush your decision. Make sure you are asking yourself the really hard questions – we did not. We often wish…

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