Carlson Creek Vineyard spans across a lush 280 acres just outside of Willcox, Arizona – situated off Kansas Settlement Road and Robbs Road. The vineyard sits at an elevation of 4200 feet, which provides a completely different environment than what is typically found in Arizona. Weather conditions of warm days and cool nights, similar to what you would find in Argentina, Chile and the south of France, produces thicker skins, deeper colors and more flavor in the grapes.
The entire Carlson family participated in planting the first seven acres on the then 120-acre plot of land in May 2009.
In 2014, they expanded from 120 to 160 acres. This included two blocks of Riesling, two 10-acre sections of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec and the planning for a 15,000 sq ft winery and tasting room in the middle of the property.
In 2017, the family purchased an adjacent 120-acre plot of land which is what took them to the now 280 acres – currently at 80+ acres under vine.
The increase in land has also allowed an increase in production, and the ability to plant new varietals. Currently, Carlson Creek produces Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Muscat, Syrah, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Malbec, Mourvèdre and Malvasia Bianca, with Chenin Blanc and Merlot varietals being locally sourced.
The continued growth has also allowed them to help other wineries flourish, just as they received help when starting out. Now, on average, they sell grapes to 10 other Arizona wineries per harvest.