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Arizona's wine industry encapsulates creativity and innovation. Vigneron John Mcloughlin doesn't just own a winery. In Willcox, Arizona the Dragoon Mountain Vineyard is carefully attended to by John himself. A stark difference between hot desert days and cool valley nights shape one of the world's most novel growing regions in SE Arizona at 4300 feet. With more than three decades experience from soil to the bottle, John Mcloughlin's rebel wine-making style has started a group of wines extending from the approachable to the esoteric. All are evocative of Arizona's unique terroir and oblige the wine drinking delight of connoisseur and novice. All grapes are sourced only from our family's vineyards in Willcox, Arizona. I wholeheartedly champion Arizona wines and believe there are many wonderful mysteries yet to be uncovered.
Located in the historic town of Jerome with an astounding view of the Verde Valley and the glowing red rocks of Sedona.
- Distinctive hand made Arizona wines.
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Atmosphere and soil studies prove the region to be like Rivera Del Duero, Spain, Southeastern Australia, Southern France and is almost indistinguishable to Paso Robles, California. My family's vineyard in the foothills of Willcox rests in a most fitting area and in December 2013, our appeal for a unique AVA was approved and is currently in the rule-making process. We now hold about 400-acres and are growing 100 mixtures/clones. My vineyard is in itself a test to see what will grow and what will make world class wine.
In November our vigneron, John McLoughlin received the Gold Growers Cup, the highest distinction for an Arizona winemaker, at the Festival at The Farm.