Tohono Chul Park: Wine Country Safari

Friday, December 10 at 8 am (PT)

Back by popular demand is this trip to the rolling grasslands of southeastern Arizona to sample some of the world class vintages being produced right here in southern Arizona.

The wine business here began in 1973 with Dr. Gordon Dutt’s first experimental vineyard in the region’s terra rosa (red clay) soil nearly identical to that of Burgundy. Today, there are more than a dozen wineries spread out around Patagonia, Elgin and Sonoita. Our first stop is Sonoita Vineyards, founded by Dr. Dutt and featuring his water harvesting system that utilizes berms on the existing hillside to reduce erosion and the need for supplemental irrigation.

Following a tour and tasting, you’ll enjoy a catered lunch by The Prairie Chicks before heading to Callaghan Vineyards. From its first vintage in 1991, Callaghan wines have been praised by wine critics. You’ll sample some of their rich, complex reds produced from Mediterranean and Spanish varietals uniquely suited to this climate. Our final stop is sustainably-farmed Kief-Joshua Vineyards for a course in the proper techniques of Wine Tasting 101 and how to recognize “off” smells! Cost includes transportation, wine tastings and lunch.

Cost: $99 members/$120 general public
Contact Phone for more Information (public) 520-742-6455
Visit www.tohonochulpark.org for more details.