Arizona Wine Country, Southern Arizona (September, 2002)

About 45 minutes southeast of Tucson is an area where higher elevations and lots of sunshine allow for a great climate for growing grapes.

The area doesn't really have much of an identity or central town so it just becomes Arizona Wine Country by default.  The vineyards and wineries in the region are new, so with time maybe the identity will work itself out.

Despite all that, there are still some good wines and the country is beautiful.  Some of the peaks in the area rose 1,000 feet or more over their surroundings.