Rancho Rossa Vineyards


Main Site: www.ranchorossa.com

Rancho Rossa Vineyards is one of the largest family owned wineries in the Sonoita/Elgin area. We produce about 1100 cases of wine each year from our 24 acres of estate fruit. We only use what we grow and specialize in ultra-premium dry varietal wines specifically, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Grenache.

About the Owners

Chris was born and raised in Southern California he’s been making beer and wine for over 30 years. He’s not only our winemaker and viticulturist, he’s been a pilot with American Airlines for 20 years. When he’s not in the vineyard or in the air, he loves go to rock n’ roll concerts or go fishing in Mexico. You’ll have a good chance of meeting him in the winery or seeing him at work the vineyard.  

After being a home brewer and winemaker for almost 20 years, it was time to try my hand at commercial wine making. I wanted to make ultra-premium varietal wines from grapes that I had planted and raised myself. After looking at various locations in the state of Arizona, I determined that the Sonoita area would be the best place to grow premium fruit. We were able to find a lease on 300 acres of prime land and we began working the soil and establishing the vineyard in 2000. In 2002 we planted our first 12.5 acres of vines to premium Bordeaux and Rhone varietals. In 2003 we planted 4.5 acres of white varietals on our winery property just across the street. We have since added another 6.25 acres of reds and whites.
 
At Rancho Rossa Vineyards, we prefer the “hands off” approach, using old school techniques and allowing our grapes to make the wine with as little intervention from the wine maker as possible. We opened the tasting room in 2006 with just four wines. Our very first effort, the 2004 Syrah, won the AWGA award for best red wine in the state. We have followed with several other award-winning wines and have developed a small cult following for our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, which is made only in very small quantities.
 
I believe that it is very important to grow all of our own fruit. As a grower/wine maker, I decide exactly when the fruit is at its peak and ready for harvest. Unfortunately, there are years that not purchasing fruit from other sources can bite you in the butt. Normally, we produce 1100 cases annually, but due to inclement weather, we have produced as little as 200 cases per year. Yes, we lose a lot of money when that happens but we keep our standards high and continue our efforts to be the only 100% Estate in the Sonoita area. Quality is at the top of our list. Quality grapes make quality wine. Within two hours after being picked, our grapes are delivered to the winery and are processed, ensuring the highest quality juice for our wines.
 
When you come to Rancho Rossa Vineyards and taste our wine, you are assured that the wine in your glass was grown, produced, and bottled in Arizona. I know, because I have touched every bottle, made every ounce of the wine, and put on every label. I am the owner, wine maker, and viticulturist.
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Breanna was raised as a military brat, she finally settled down in Sonoita over 10 years ago. She took an interest in wine and was offered the job as tasting room hostess. Working on her sommelier course, her knowledge of wine continues to grow. She manages all aspects of the tasting room and wine club and is always available to answer your questions. You’ll find her in the tasting room, baking or at a concert.

We were married in April 2016 and love running our small winery together. We pride ourselves on being unpretentious, relaxed, remembering our customers and being able to chat with you in the tasting room.  We love what we do and hope you’ll love it too.
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We love classic rock; our tasting room is filled with posters, artwork and pictures of everything from David Bowie to the Grateful Dead. Even our wines see the rock n’ roll treatment; we take special care in choosing the perfect classic rock song title for each wine’s characteristics. We love making serious wine and having a bit of fun with it!

Tasting with us

Tasting: $6 for 6 wines of your choice (One complimentary tasting with two bottle purchase)

Our tasting room is laid back and comfortable. Feel free to enjoy your tasting to it’s fullest and hang out for awhile! We’d love to chat with you or allow you to kick back on the couch with friends. It’s all about the experience!

Directions

We are located 6 miles SE of the town of Sonoita. From I-10 head south on 83 to the town of Sonoita. Continue south on 83 for 4.5 miles to Elgin Rd. Turn left and head east for 1.6 miles to Cattle Ranch Ln. Turn left and the winery entrance is ¼ mile on the left.


Hours

Friday through Sunday 10:30 – 3:30 | All other days by appointment

To make an appointment call or email Breanna:
C: 520-604-2356 |  tastingroom@ranchorossa.com