Award-Winning Vineyards are a Hidden Gem Along Historic Route 66
All over Arizona there is a growing demand for great tasting, hand crafted wines. The Verde Valley area of Yavapai County around, Cottonwood, Sedona or Cornville are producing some great wines that are being met with a lot of praise and anticipation. Then there is Cochise County that still produces about 70% of the states wine grapes. However, I think that wine grapes and their skillfully crafted wine from Mohave County are often overlooked.
The area around Kingman has similarities to some great wine producing regions of the world. It has a lot of sun and heat to develop the succulant fruit. The Hualapai Valley also has unique soils and growing conditions that produce grapes with great flavors and concentration. The soil and the stressful growing conditions force the vines to put their energy into developing less abundant grapes, but grapes of higher quality. The more intensely flavored fruit then has the characteristics the winemaker wants to craft great wine.
Since 2006 we have seen two wineries grow and expand in the Mountain Vista Ranch area. The two that are open are Cella Winery and Stetson Winery. These pioneering wineries here are producing a wide variety of wines that are being praised by wine critics and are starting to win major national awards for their quality. Here visitors will experience the skillfully crafted wine that each artist produces but you will also see the rugged beauty of the area. Both are on an easy to drive dirt road but are surrounded by thousands of acres of undeveloped desert. What better way to enjoy a weekend than touring the wineries, tasting room, and area attractions that dot the landscape?
After visiting the vineyards and the area you may decided you would like to purchase a home or land in the area for your own wine grapes.
Land for sale!
This is an area of actively selling land. Therefore it is best to call me with an updated list. I currently have three properties in the area currently in escrow. Please call Justin Chambers of Chambers Realty Group to discuss Mountain Vista land at 928-716-0973.
Home for sale!
At the current time Cella Winery at 6927 Brooks Blvd is for sale at $1,515,000. It is a stunning 4550sqft home and Boutique Winery & Vineyard!!! It is a 10.02 acre property with approximately 4 acres of vineyards planted with Sangiovese, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Malbec and Zinfandel. All the grape vines were first planted in 2006 so you have vines that are already 10 years old!!!
The home itself is beautifully handcrafted and has lots of upgrades with 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms (includes 1bdrm 1ba Casita plus an ADA half bath for the Wine Tasting Room). There is a large office & spa Room. Hand carved 8 ft Mahogany doors against 10 ft ceilings with crown molding. Custom cabinetry. Jenn-Air Appliances including refrigerator, trash compactor and double convection ovens stay. Granite counter tops throughout including kitchen Island with wet sink. Surround sound and alarm system with video surveillance. Gas gireplace, tiled shower, jetted master tub, plus bidet. 2 Air Conditioning/Heating zones in main house plus separate HVAC for Garage and one for casita. 3 exterior buildings include a pump House for 2500 gallon water storage tank and pressurizer tank and 2 irrigation sheds for the Vineyard irrigation systems.
Directions to Cella Winery:
6927 E Brooks
Take Route 66 (Andy Devine) NE towards Hackberry to Milepost 71
Turn Left at Concho Dr.; Travel through Valle Vista about 4 miles,
Turn Left at Morningstar, to Monte Vista, turn Right, to
California, turn Left; turn Right on the 1
bladed road, Moonscape (not marked),
You will see the Red Barn of Stetson Winery about a mile straight ahead; turn
Right on Brooks and Cella Winery is the second property on the Left.