Vineyards

The creation of our wines starts with the finest Arizona grapes; from our Estate Vineyard in the Verde Valley to the southeast corner of the state, Page Springs collaborates with several vineyards in varying locations and climates on a quest to secure quality fruit to make wines that are an expression of these places.

From the foothills of the Chiricahua Mountains to Oak Creek slicing its way around House Mountain

Estate Vineyards

PAGE SPRINGS VINEYARD
Page Springs, Arizona

Our Estate Vineyard was planted in the spring of 2004 – seven years after our winemaker, Eric Glomski, first fell in love with this site. Glomski and his family purchased the land in late 2003 when it finally came up for sale.

Nestled along the banks of Sedona’s famous Oak Creek and on the lower flanks of House Mountain volcano, this site is truly unique. Sandy, clay-loam overlays a matrix of basaltic clasts (chunks of extruded volcanic rock) that are cemented by calcareous (chalky, alkaline, limestone-like) sediments derived from a larger geologic structure called the Verde formation. The subsoils here are alkaline (much like the limestone of the Southern Rhône and Burgundy). These soils will contribute character to our grapes and their alkalinity tempers the vigor of our aggressive Rhône varietals.

We have planted the following varietals at this site:
Syrah clone 383 – from Hermitage, France on the rootstock 1103P (planted in 2004)
Petite Sirah – Shell Creek Clone on rootstock 110R and 1103P (planted in 2004)
Grenache 1A – on rootstock 1103P (planted in 2009)
Traminette – on its own roots (planted in 2011)
Seyval Blanc – on its own roots (planted in 2011)

Generally speaking, we have a Mediterranean climate here in Page Springs. The bulk of our rain comes in the winter. Summers are generally hot and dry. Although summer temperatures can reach the high nineties (and in certain years they can pass one hundred), our summer highs are generally in the low 90s. Luckily, we also have up to a 40 degree fluctuation from day to night, which is critical for the development of flavors and other grape components that are critical to making fine wine.

We also farm our grapes without the use of petro-chemicals. Our fertility program centers on encouraging and sustaining a healthy and productive soil ecosystem. We use cover crops and animal manures and stay away from industrial, chemical insecticides and herbicides. In addition to our commitment to our land, we feel this approach produces cleaner, healthier and tastier grapes.

HOUSE MOUNTAIN VINEYARD
Page Springs, Arizona

House Mountain Vineyard was planted in the spring of 2011 and has roughly eight acres of vines. It lies on the western slope of House Mountain volcano and just up the road from Page Springs Vineyard.

We have planted the following varietals at this site:
Petite Sirah – Durif on rootstock 1103P
Pinot Noir – Clone 777 on rootstock 1103P
Syrah – Clones 471 and 525 on rootstock 1103P
Teroldego – on rootstock 1103P
Grenache 1A – on rootstock 1103P
Counoise – on rootstock 1103P

DOS PADRES VINEYARDS
Page Springs, Arizona

Dos Padres Vineyard was planted in the spring of 2011 and has roughly eight and half acres of vines. It lies across the creek, but well above Page Springs. From our tasting room you can gaze upon the gentle slopes and rolling hills. The five fields are separated by pure and untouched native land and vegetation.

We have planted the following varietals at this site:
Syrah – Clones 470 and 471 on 1103P
Viognier – on rootstock 1103P
Rousanne – on rootstock 1103P
Vermentino – on rootstock 1103P
Malvasia – on rootstock 1103P
Mourvedre – on rootstock 1103P
Barbera – on rootstock 1103P

DA RANCH VINEYARD
Page Springs, Arizona

DA Ranch Vineyard is just down the road from Page Springs Vineyard and has about five and a half acres of vines planted. The vineyards are spread across a gorgeous private residence near Oak Creek.

We have the following varietals at this site:
Shiraz
Mourvedre
Petite Sirah
Cabernet Sauvignon
Tannat
Seyval Blanc

Al Buhl Memorial Vineyard (formerly Arizona Stronghold Vineyard)

Sulfur Springs, Arizona

Arizona Stronghold primarily produces wine from its own vineyards, but also sources small amounts of fruit from Colibri Vineyard in the Chiricahua Mountains and even smaller amounts from Page Springs Vineyard in Cornville, Arizona. (Some blending grapes also come from Paso Robles and Lockwood, California).

Al Buhl Memorial Vineyard lies at the eastern edge of Sulfur Springs Valley (alongside the Willcox Playa) in a small, unincorporated area known as the Kansas Settlement. The vineyard site is 80 acres with 60 acres currently under vine. The soils here are relatively deep loams and clay-loams interspersed with cobbles. The vineyard sits at 4,300 feet and experiences up to 50 degree fluctuations in diurnal temperatures during the growing season. Harvest usually starts in late August and runs into early October.

The oldest 20 acres of the vineyard were planted in 1983 by a gentleman named Robert Webb for his R.W. Webb Winery. This section of the vineyard was originally planted to yield Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and small, experimental quantities of Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay.

In 2007, Arizona Stronghold Vineyards grafted the experimental block over to 100% Petite Sirah and about three acres of the Sauvignon Blanc to Syrah. The other historic blocks remain. The oldest vines here are 25 years in age.

The middle aged 20 acres were planted in 1995 by Al Buhl, founder of Dos Cabezas Winery. This block was planted to Malvasia Bianca, Sangiovese, Pinot Gris, Syrah, Chardonnay and Viognier. All these blocks remain except two acres of Chardonnay that have been grafted over to Viognier by Arizona Stronghold Vineyards. This block is 13 years old.

In 2001, Al Buhl and Film Director Sam Pillsbury partnered on an additional 20 acres which they donned “Norte”. Norte was planted to Petite Sirah, Malvasia Bianca, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Tempranillo and Graciano. This block is seven years old. Arizona Stronghold Vineyards has also planted an additional two acres of Mourvedre on Norte and in addition to more Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malvasia, Sangiovese Grosso, additional Tempranillo and other Mediterranean varietals.

Colibri Vineyard

Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona

Colibri Vineyard was planted in 2000, on the site of the old Morrow apple orchard, which is located in east Whitetail Canyon, on the northeast slopes of the Chiricahua Mountains. Located on north-facing slopes at an elevation of 5,200 feet, Page Springs has seven varieties of wine grapes planted: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Counoise, Roussanne, Viognier and Petit Verdot. These varieties are found most commonly in the Rhône Valley of France, and many of these clones were originally collected there. Our vines are grafted to rootstocks – mostly 110R, 1103P, and 140R.

Trellising of the vines is done in a Vertical Shoot Positioning system, utilizing two sets of catch wires located above the cordon wire. This system gives us good fruit exposure, great canopy light penetration, and good control over vigor and structure of the vines. It also allows us to maintain our cover crop below. We maintain a cover crop in the vineyard for a number of reasons – chief among them are erosion control and soil nutrition. Our cover crop of mixed native grasses, clovers, vetch and others, renews the soils as we cut and mulch them through the growing season. It also protects the soil from the occasional very heavy rains during the monsoon and winter seasons that could carry away soils from our slopes.

Birds are part of what makes Whitetail Canyon so unique. The wildlife is abundant as we are located in a pretty wild part of Arizona, so we’ve had some challenges in growing lots of tasty grapes. We cover all (yes all!) of our vines with bird netting. They light up on the outside of the nets and get some grapes, but we get plenty. We also have an impressive electric fence, which protects the entire vineyard from large animal entry including bear, deer, and coatimundi…

Ranchita Canyon Vineyard

San Miguel, California

Overlooking beautiful Pleasant Valley, the Ranchita Canyon Vineyard and boutique winery is family-owned and operated with the goal to achieve rich, concentrated, bold fruit. The unique hilly location provides great views, and helps the carefully hand-tended vines produce high quality fruit. The vineyard has south-facing, rolling hills at 1,000 — 1,400 foot elevation, with primarily calcareous soil. A vertical “V” shaped trellis system is used for optimum flecked sunlight. Latest best practices are used for canopy and irrigation management, and maintain balanced vines for even fruit maturation — with low yields per vine/acre. The vineyard is hand pruned and hand harvested, and its farm plan emphasizes sustainable practices.

The vines are managed by hand with the utmost care, from pruning, shoot positioning, leafing, trimming, to harvesting.

Traditional “old world” family wine making techniques are combined with modern concepts, to ensure our grapes unique qualities are reflected in the wines. Grapes are carefully picked and sorted by hand, and then de-stemmed and fermented in small open top containers. Cold and extended maceration, multiple hand punch downs, pump overs, etc., are used to extract optimum color and flavor. Grapes are gently basket pressed, and the wines are cellared in primarily French oak. The vineyard is planted with 10 different varietals.

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Shell Creek Vineyard

Shandon, California

Shell Creek Vineyards is a family-owned vineyard (The Sinton family) located in the limestone laden hills near Shandon, California about 20 miles southeast of Paso Robles, California.

The name of the vineyard comes from a creek that runs through the property in wet years that actually carries small pieces of fossilized shells that are found farther upstream on the property.

The vineyard was planted in 1972. It began as 100 acres and has since expanded to 125 acres. It is a small portion of a large (5,000 acre) ranch known as the Canyon Ranch, also owned by the Sinton family, which is a working cattle ranch. The cattle graze across from the vineyard and occasionally get loose and love to run into the rows to make life interesting.

In addition to Petite Sirah, Shell Creek grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chenin Blanc, and Valdiguie (formerly known as Napa Gamay). The vines were planted on their own roots, but as the vineyard ages, the vines are being replaced with the wood from older vines on new rootstock to make them more resistant to disease.

The climate at Shell Creek is ideal for growing grapes with warm summer days and a cool sea breeze in the evenings.