Just an hour south of Tucson is an area of rolling grass-covered hills, known as "Arizona's Wine Country." The town of Elgin, perhaps village is the more appropriate moniker, is the heart of the region's wine production surrounded by horse property.
Rich soil and friendly growing conditions have attracted winemakers to the area, some garnering acclaim from oenophiles and industry critics worldwide.
Canelo Vineyards & Winery
Tim & Joan Mueller are very gracious hosts at Canelo Hills Winery.
Even though they were just about to shut down the tasting room for the day, Joan allowed me to come in and shoot a few photos.
The scenery is spectacular in the area. Views abound in all directions. This is looking southeast, just down the road from the vineyards.
As you go northeast from the valley floor, you will see yuccas and other types of vegetation.
In addition to wineries, the Sonoita/Elgin area is attracting people who love the open space and proximity to the Coronado National Forest. It is a horse lover's paradise! Most parcels are a minimum of 10-20 acres and have deed restrictions against mobile homes.
While power is readily available, wind an solar systems are prevalent as supplemental supply sources.