Has anyone been to Rancho Rossa vineyards in Sonoita?
- jcoz23 Jan 14, 2008 02:08 PM
I am going to the Sonoita wineries with some friends next weekend... Callaghan we have been to and is definitely on our list. Dos Cabezas is on the list too, last time we were down there they were by appointment only but we have tried their wines and love them! I have read a little about Rancho Rossa, but do not know anyone that has been there. We are wondering if the wines are any good. We like the two places I mentioned but the other wineries down there have wines that are way too sweet for our tastes... The Rancho Rossa website shows they have some wines that look good on paper, but I was wondering if anyone had first hand experience?
I would definitely add Rancho Rossa to the list! I was charmed beyond belief by the winemaking husband-wife duo and their wines were solid. I didn't like any of their white wines, but bought reds.
It's a must-do, along with Callaghan and Dos Cabezas. All three participate in a tasting co-op so you can re-use your glass at each place and save a bit on the tasting fee.
I checked their website as well. From what I could tell, and from what I've read before, here's my guess: Page Springs bought up all of the Dos Cabezas vineyards and will be producing wines from there under the "Arizona Stronghold" label. Meanwhile, it looks like new owners (unrelated to Page Springs) bought the Dos Cabezas *winery* and moved it to the Elgin/Sonoita area where they owned vineyards.
Makes sense because I think the actual Dos Cabezas vineyards and what used to be the winery were in the SE part of the state, not in the Sonoita area.