Desert Wines

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Desert Wines

Wineries in southern Arizona rise above the hot, dry climate


A field of grapes grows in Elgin, Ariz., on Sept. 30. Below: Kief Joshua Manning stirs grapes during the fermentation process at his winery in Elgin on Sept. 30.

If you go




► Verde Valley Wine Trail: www.vvwinetrail.com. Centered in

Cottonwood, Ariz., about 50 miles from Flagstaff.


► Arizona Grape Escapes Tour: www.arizonagrapeescapes.com or (602) 368-3619. Daylong tour from Phoenix to four wineries in northern Arizona; offered most weekends, $150 per person including picnic lunch.


► Callaghan Vineyards: Elgin, Ariz., about 60 miles from Tucson; www.callaghanvineyards.com or (520) 455-5322. Open Friday-Sunday,

11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Wine tastings are $7, which includes a 21-ounce glass ($4 if you bring your own glass).


► Canelo Hills Winery: Elgin, Ariz.; www.canelohillswinery.com or (520) 455-5499. Open Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wine tastings are $5, including a souvenir glass ($3 with your own glass).


► Kief-Joshua Vineyards: Elgin, Ariz.; www.kiefjoshuavineyards.com or (520) 455-5582. Open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wine tastings are $5 for six wines, including a souvenir glass ($3 with your own glass).


Arizona Vines and Wines:

Desert Wines


A field of grapes grows in Elgin, Ariz., on Sept. 30. Below: Kief Joshua Manning stirs grapes during the fermentation process at his winery in Elgin on Sept. 30.

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