Carlson Creek Vineyard Tasting Room Opens This Weekend

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Scottsdale is getting a new winery this weekend.

Willcox-based Carlson Creek Vineyard will open its 2,300-square-foot tasting room on July 15 at 4142 N. Marshall Way, housed in a former gallery.

Co-owner Robert Carlson III said the vineyard decided to open a tasting room there because a large portion of its visitors travel south from the Northeast Valley to the winery.

“It’s because of the density of consumers in Paradise Valley and Scottsdale interested in our product,” Carlson said of opening in Scottsdale. “You’d think we would have more people coming from Tucson, but most of them are from Scottsdale.”

Old Town Scottsdale is already home to a number of wine tasting rooms and wine bars, including Ardius Wine Co. Tasting Room, Salvatore Vineyards Tasting Room, Su Vino Winery and LDV Winery, which is another reason Carlson Creek Vineyard decided to open there.

The new tasting room will also include a a 20-foot distressed copper bar built by Bootleg Barrel Co., as well as a room for educational seminars, which will occur several times a week.

“We’ll teach you how to blind taste, we’ll do a factory-training seminar to train your nose, and expand that to other classes and certifications,” Carlson said.

Carlson Creek is also partnering with PSA Art Awakenings, a behavioral health organization that helps people with mental illnesses recover through the arts, to display art at the Scottsdale tasting room.

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. As we move into June, the vineyard is alive with growth and we are working hard to stay ahead of the weeds that grow like… well, like weeds. The flowering has gone well and we are seeing good fruit set at the vineyard. We are looking forward to the long warm days and cool nights that make Willcox a great place to grow grapes for fine Arizona wine.

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.

For more information checkout Carlsoncreek.com

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