Kief-Joshua Vineyards

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Kief-Joshua Vineyards is open seven days a week, from 11 am to 5 pm.  Our tasting room offers magnificent views of the beautiful mountain ranges of Sonoita and is the perfect setting to taste our acclaimed wines. Upon entering, guests immediately feel the warm Italian Gothic ambiance of this elegant setting in Elgin, Arizona in an area that has become known as “winery row.” Visitors may taste Kief-Joshua’s Classic Wines at the tasting bar, where new releases such as the Tempranillo, and favorites such as the Sauvignon Blanc, and Zinfandel are available. Or, choose to peruse the Wine Shop for that perfect wine country gift or souvenir. The cost of $8 per tasting includes a souvenir glass or $5 with your glass.

Kief-Joshua Vineyards is a small family business with 20 acres in beautiful Elgin, AZ and 40 acres in Willcox Wine Country.  Our Elgin tasting room is open daily from 11 am to 5 pm and is situated right in the middle of what is know as “winery row.” The Sonoita Arizona Wine Tour boasts of ten different tasting rooms and was selected by USA Today as one of the top ten wine trails in the United States.

Kief-Joshua is the 14th licensed winery in Arizona and our first planting was in 2005.   The winemaker, Kief Manning, grew up in Scottsdale and first started making beer and wine while attending classes at Arizona State University.  He left ASU to study winemaking and grape growing in Australia, where he earned both a graduate degree in Viticulture and Enology at the University of Melbourne and an undergraduate degree in Wine Marketing and Technology at Monash University.

At Kief-Joshua Vineyards we specialize in dry, full-bodied wines that are crafted by hand using traditional methods of barrel aging and gentle handling to produce top quality wines for any occasion.  Our Vineyard practices are customized to match the particular characteristics of the soil to help the vines produce the best fruit possible, and to in turn, achieve the best wine possible. Directed by Kief Manning, his team implements irrigation and nutrient regimes, trellis system and canopy management, rootstock and clone combinations, and pruning and cane selection for each block within a vineyard. Because of the land’s diverse geological makeup, even within one vineyard parcel there may be several different types of soil with different degrees of nutrients for vines and water-holding capacity.

Kief realized early on that to achieve his goal of producing memorable wines of outstanding quality, he needed to start in the vineyards and not focus solely on the winemaking.  He is practicing sustainable farming techniques to help protect the land. Inspired to meet present goals while preserving the land for future generations, Kief made the commitment to implement sustainable farming techniques from vineyard to bottle. The vineyard is free of herbicides and pesticides, and this environmentally sound approach will continue to be implemented over the years.

Vineyard visitors can also meet our Baby Doll sheep, an ancient breed measuring only two feet tall at maturity, that have been integrated into the vineyard rows to graze on the green grass and weeds, enhancing both biodiversity and nutrient recycling. This practice will decrease the use of harsh pesticides to eradicate weeds and grasses, as well as the cutting down on emissions to the air.

Stop by our tasting room for a enjoyable and relaxing experience!   Kief-Joshua Vineyards is a winery defined by family, passion and enthusiasm. We’re committed to winemaking that will exceed your expectations.

Directions to Kief-Joshua Vineyards
From Tucson: From Highway 10, take Rte 83 to Sonoita. Stay on 83 until you come to Elgin Road (mile marker 28) and turn left. Kief-Joshua Vineyards will be 3.7 miles on your left. We are two doors down from Callaghan Vineyards.

From Sierra Vista: I 90 to Rte 82 West, turn left on Upper Elgin Rd., the winery is 1 mile past the bridge on the right. We are open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours and Private Tastings are available by appointment.

Kief-Joshua Vineyards
370 Elgin Road
Elgin, Arizona 85611
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