Willcox Tasting Room & Art Gallery
Flying Leap operates a beautiful tasting room and fine art gallery right in the heart of historic downtown Willcox, Arizona, at the corner of Railroad and Maley avenues, immediately across the Railroad Park. Ideally situated on the historic old walk, FLV’s Willcox tasting room is an exquisite and relaxing experience in one of the old southwest’s most notorious front streets.
The tasting room is over a century old, and was formerly the infamous Headquarters Saloon, which burned down in the 1930s. The old saloon is the site where Warren Earp was shot and killed. Earp was the youngest of Wyatt Earp’s brothers, who was born in Pella, Iowa in 1855. He worked on the Hooker Ranch when Willcox shipped more cattle than anywhere in the nation. Working as a cowboy, teamster, stage driver, special officer for the Arizona Cattlemen’s Association and bartender, he was a quarrelsome person who was often in trouble with the law. Warren Earp was shot and killed in the Headquarters Saloon in downtown Willcox, Arizona Territory on July 6th, 1900 by Johnny Boyett, a cowboy on the same ranch whom he had picked on one too many times. Boyett was never indicted, but later disappeared with no trace. It is widely believed that Wyatt & Virgil Earp came and avenged their brother’s death. Warren was buried that afternoon in the local cemetery, the only Earp buried in Arizona.
Though the original frame of the Headquarters Saloon burned down during the Great Depression, the floor was preserved. Though covered by carpet and out of sight since the original fire, Flying Leap painstakingly over months of hand work removed all the old carpet and glue, and we repaired and stabilized the old wood floor which had suffered badly from neglect and termites. We conditioned and sealed the old wood floor, which our guests can now see when they visit our Willcox location.
The old Headquarters Saloon now shines as a fully-renovated wine tasting room in historic downtown Willcox. The interior was cleaned and upgraded to accommodate wine cellaring space, storage and a large array of lighting and specialty paint was brought in to allow the gallery pieces to be displayed professionally. We spared no expense in our Willcox location, even installing a beautifully custom-made front door of native Arizona mesquite wood, with a carved glass inlay and decorative, brushed steel handle. The tasting bar is made from a whole, book-matched & curved slab of wonderfully finished mesquite, with over 60 coats of Danish preservative oil to enrich its deep, full luster and shine.
TRUST Art & Design has partnered with Flying Leap Vineyards to bring local art and local wine together in this historic building. The fine art gallery features beautiful and interesting original artwork by local artists. Each piece is carefully chosen by Thomas & Kim Johnson, collection curators and owners of TRUST. The gallery is filled with one-of-a-kind artworks in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed-media, and metal. TRUST artwork is available for viewing and purchase during tasting room hours, but private viewings are also available by contacting TRUST Art & Design directly.
Willcox, Arizona is located along Interstate 10, just 70 miles east of Tucson. In addition to the art gallery and tasting bar, FLV’s Willcox tasting room is a comfortable place to enjoy a glass of our wines, with leather sofas and a large window looking out on the Railroad Park, where our guests can sip and enjoy our wines while watching the myriad trains go zooming by throughout the day.