Aridus Wine Company

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About

Aridus Wine Company is a new custom crush winery in Willcox Arizona. The winery is in an existing 24,000 ft2 insulated building that was converted into a state-of-the-art custom crush winery. The winery has been open for custom crush grape processing since November 2012. The tasting room finished the final construction phase and has been open for wine tasting since April 2013.

Location Description

Located in the small town of Willcox, Arizona.

Contact

Fax: 9874585

Features

  • Aridus Wine Company is the largest Custom Crush Facility in Arizona.

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Winemaker

When it came to designing the vineyard and winery, Scott and Joan Dahmer looked back to where they came from and hired fourth generation Napa Valley winemaker and consultant, Cary Gott. Cary flew out to visit the site and meet the other local winemakers and to taste their wine. He was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the local product and was excited to get involved. It reminded him of his early years in Amador County where there was a small but enthusiastic group of people like himself focused on growing quality grapes and making quality wines. After seeing the potential for the Cochise County location and knowing the quality of wines Scott and Joan wanted to make, Cary suggested that they not just build a winery for themselves but build a much larger custom crush winery facility that would offer the state of the art equipment to other winemakers from the area, as well. This would afford them an additional revenue stream for equipment that would a required investment anyway. It would also encourage other people to plant grapes in the area by lowering the bar on the capital expenses to get started.

History

When Scott and Joan Dahmer moved to Arizona from Healdsburg, California, they thought they were leaving behind “wine country” and any dreams of having their own vineyard and winery. As luck would have it, they discovered their dreams were not in vain. While attending a Pillsbury Wine Company winemaker dinner at Quiessence Restaurant at the Farm at South Mountain, they picked up a copy of Arizona Vines & Wines Magazine and realized that there was an emerging wine industry right here in Arizona. They realized that they could join in with the “pioneers” of this growing industry. Jumping in, they acquired 40 acres of prime vineyard land south of Willcox in the western foothills of the Chiricahua Mountains near neighboring vineyards: Keeling-Schaefer, Rock Creek, Sandor and Lawrence-Dunham. Turkey Creek winds through their land providing a majestic setting for what they envision to be their home during their retirement years.

Awards

2012 Aridus Syrah won Double Gold in the 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.
2012 Aridus Chardonnay won Bronze in the 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.
2012 Aridus Syrah won Double Gold in the 2014 Pacific Rim Wine Competition.
2012 Aridus Chardonnay won Silver in the 2014 Pacific Rim Wine Competition.
2013 Aridus Malvasia Bianca won Silver in the 2014 Pacific Rim Wine Competition.
Aridus Wine Company's winery facility won 2014 Award For Design Excellence.

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Hours

Monday—Friday: 10:00 am—5:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: by appointment only

Address

7173 E Main Street
Old Town Scottsdale
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
United States

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