Carlson Creek Vineyard is a family owned vineyard and winery. Located in the heart of Cochise County in Southeastern Arizona, it is the realization of a deep-seated dream to create a multi-generational business and quality wines. Situated at 4200 feet above sea level, the vineyard takes advantage of the warm Arizona sun and the crisp, cool evenings to create the ideal environment for growing wine grapes. The vineyard concentrates on Rhone varietals that are complimented by the temperature and soils resembling those of the Rhone Valley in southern France.
After learning about farming during his childhood, owner Bob Carlson, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis who served as a fighter pilot in the U. S. Marine Corps, gained an interest in fine wine. Combining his family’s farming background with his fascination with wine, he started Carlson Creek Vineyard in 2008. His love of wide-open spaces began when he spent time on family farms and ranches in the Midwest. The rambling mountains and sweeping land of Southeastern Arizona appealed to his love of the American desert. Truly determined to bring Arizona wines to a mainstream audience, Bob is a one-man campaign intent upon challenging sommeliers and wine enthusiasts alike to try Arizona wine.
Co-owning the vineyard are Bob’s wife, Liz, and children Robert, Katherine, and John. Robert, a graduate of Arizona State University, is in charge of sales and overseeing the tasting room. John, whose studies include winemaking and viticulture, has assumed responsiblity for the winemaking operations.
Katherine, a graduate of the University of San Diego, School of Law, has overseen the development of the distinctive Carlson Creek label and logo. She is responsible for marketing and event planning.
“From our family to yours, we hope you enjoy our care and commitment to fine wine”. -Bob Carlson
About the Vineyard
Located off Kansas Settlement Road and Robbs Road, just outside of Willcox, the 160 acre vineyard is surrounded by several other established vineyards. The entire Carlson family participated in planting the first seven acres in May 2009. The vineyard now has almost 54 acres under vine. This January has seen fresh snow falling around us as we start pruning. Pruning is a very important time in the vineyard. This is the time of year we give the vines form and shape them to the years growth. A properly pruned vine is healthier and more productive that a vine left to its own devices. Though labor intensive, it is often one of our favorite times of year.
About the Winery
Currently located in historic Willcox and operating with the tasting room on Railview Avenue, the winery is an ever-evolving project. Plans for a winery and tasting room located at the vineyard are underway. We have retained the services of Bar Architects to act as our designer. You can see some of their other winery projects at http://www.bararch.com/