We hear this one a lot! There are several mountain ranges in view of Charron Vineyard's famous tasting patio. Nestled in the foothills of the Empire mountains, Charron offers stunning views of the Santa Rita mountains. Some of the peaks you will see include Josephine Peak, Mount Wrightson and Mount Fagan. The vineyard itself is located at around 4000 feet elevation.
Answer: MERLOT! Merlot thrives in warmer climates, making it perfect for Arizona. Our five acres of merlot vines were planted in the 1990’s and have been producing beautiful grapes ever since. Merlot is incredibly smooth, versatile and delicious. It pairs perfectly with yummy foods like steak, rich pastas and pizza. Often described as “velvety”, Merlot is the second most-planted grape in the WORLD (right behind her cousin, Cabernet Sauvignon).
Charron Vineyards produces a unique “Dry White Merlot” and also a “Sweet White Merlot”, both created by removing the skins of Merlot grapes and fermenting them like a white wine. We also mix our Merlot with sweet favorites like Moscato to produce popular wines like “Nelle’s What a Hoot” and “Rincon Red”.
Answer: "English Walnut"
And yes, it produces walnuts! In fact, the vineyard cat, Ballerina, climbs up the tree, knocks down walnuts, and then she chases them around the patio. She also loves to hang out in the tree and meow at customers from above.
This tree provides great shade for our patio.
Answer: In your checked baggage only!
If you purchase wine to bring home to friends and family, GREAT! Just know that it has to travel in your checked luggage. The only alcohol that can go in your carry-on bag is those little 3.2 oz mini bottles, and well, Charron doesn't sell those!
Wine travels really well in checked luggage. Roll it up in a thick sweater, or purchase a travel case from us.
Answer: Honestly, it saves us dishes! Since we are a super small business with limited staff, Charron Vineyards, along with most of the wineries in Sonoita and Elgin, will help you save money on your tasting if you bring a glass from home. If you don't bring a glass from home, you receive a souvenir glass from us (choose from either crystal or acrylic). If you come in and just want a glass or bottle of wine, no need to bring your own glass.
Wine Tasting Prices:
$10 - If you bring your own glass
$14 - With an included acrylic stemless glass
$16 - With an included crystal stemless glass
Don't forget to bring your glass to the other local wineries, too.
Answer: YES! Please stop by any time the tasting room is open. We usually have a pile of corks that you can have, and we ALWAYS have empty wine bottles that would love to be upcycled in some creative way.
ANSWER: Yes!! Just take it slow. That's the advice of this Corvette's owner, who made it up to the vineyard with no problem. The road is graded and smoothed out every year ... but yes, it's a bit bumpy. That being said, every type of vehicle can make it safely if you take your time.
Monday: 12 - 5
Wednesday: 12 - 5
Thursday: 12 - 6
Friday: 12 - 7
Saturday: 11 - 7
Sunday: 11- 6
NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED