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Flying Leap’s estate vineyard and winery is located in the heart of Arizona wine country just 45 miles south of Tucson in the Sonoita AVA (American Viticulture Area). Our Elgin property consists of a humble yet functional winery building and co-located tasting room with ample parking all situated amongst our beautiful and meticulously maintained 6.5-acre estate vineyard with sweeping views of our vines and surrounding mountains. Flying Leap’s estate winery is truly an extraordinary destination for wine lovers seeking a quality, relaxed wine tasting experience in a low-density, quaint and incredibly scenic setting.
The Elgin area is one of the most exclusive grape growing areas in the country, and it is also among the very first winegrowing regions to be granted AVA status by the federal government, and it is at present the only federally-recognized wine growing region in the state of Arizona. Currently home to the largest concentration of wineries and vineyards in the state, the Sonoita/Elgin winegrowing region has been recognized as one of the top ten wine trails in the country by USA Today.
The Estate Vineyard
All of Flying Leap’s wine grapes are hand harvested from the company’s expansive vineyards in Cochise County near Willcox and from its small estate vineyard in Elgin. The estate vines encompass a total planted acreage of 6.5 acres, which were originally planted in 2003 and 2004 by Tim & Joan Mueller, the owners & proprietors of the former Canelo Hills Vineyard & Winery. Flying Leap Vineyards acquired the Canelo Hills property in February 2013.
The vineyard is sourced primarily with mature acreage of Tempranillo, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, with experimental plantings of Graciano, Counoise, Viognier and Malvasia Bianca. The estate vineyard’s annual harvest yields enough fruit to produce approximately 500 cases of wine annually.
Flying Leap’s winery is well-equipped with state of the art winemaking tools, fixtures and material, and includes co-located cold room, barrel cellaring and finished goods storage facilities and a large adjacent crush pad. All red wines are aged in genuine oak barrels sourced from France, Hungary, Poland and the United States, and white wines are cold-fermented then aged in both stainless steel tanks and neutral oak barrels, depending on style.
The Tasting Room
Flying Leap’s estate winery includes a small well-equipped tasting room, where our customers can relax and enjoy our wines in a genuine winery setting. The tasting bar is solid Arizona mesquite, and the air is filled with the musty aroma of oak and wine. The tasting experience at Flying Leap Vineyards is first class. All of our tasting room staff is trained in the art and science of wine, and they provide our customers with not just a great pour of wine, but the knowledge and insight into how that wine was grown, vinted and cellared. We provide our customers with a quality, proper long-stemmed 21 ounce wine glass and six pours of our incredible wines for just $10.