The estate vineyards occupy seven choice acres of the impressive 250-acre D.A.Ranch. The majority of the property remains in a natural state, home to many species of native plants and animals.
Although we are only ten miles from Sedona, we are worlds away from the high desert Red Rocks. The Cornville Historical Society has reported that the plentiful springs on the D.A.Ranch flow at a temperature of sixty-eight degrees and are “unmatched anywhere else in the state”.
The vineyards at the D.A.Ranch bask in Arizona sunshine on rolling hillsides that are cooled by Oak Creek and several natural springs and shaded by tall cottonwood trees.
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The vines are worked over by hand at least 20 times, from pruning to removing shoots and thinning grape clusters to enhance flavor in the remaining fruit. They are harvested by hand and sorted in the early morning in order to deliver the grapes as fresh and cool as possible to the winery.
Grapes are an ecologically-sound crop that uses 1/10th of the water per acre that cotton or other row crops consume. We are proud that the D.A.Ranch hits on all three points of sustainability: economically viable, socially responsible and environmentally sound.
The D.A.Ranch and vineyards are located on the gently sloping hills of House Mountain. It was named House Mountain because of the rocky summit formation that superficially looks like a house from the Verde Valley below. It is such a subtle landmark that it wasn’t until the 1980’s that it was found to be a shield volcano.
The volcanic soil, courtesy of House Mountain is great for the grapes in our vineyard. The elevation, which is about 3,500 feet, and high-desert climate also contribute to the success of growing grapes. It is hot during the day and cool at night, which stresses the grapes. The heat is required for sugar production and the cool nights are important for acid retention. Without the dramatic change in temperature the grapes will not develop the complexity and character that is found in the D.A.Ranch vineyards.
Our fruit orchard, vegetable gardens and diverse landscape plantings further push the diversity of the Ranch. The unique microclimate and terroir at the D.A.Ranch makes our grapes and wines rich in minerals, earth and fruit characteristics.
Jeff began working at the D.A.Ranch just as we were planting our vineyards and he has guided the grapes into the production of superior quality fruit year after year. His knowledge and love of farming is evident in every vineyard he manages.
Natural artesian springs all along Oak Creek attracted the first settlers to the area in the 1870’s. The farm settlements along Oak Creek and Page Springs benefited from an abundant water source, fertile soils and creek access and made a unique contribution to settlement of the Verde Valley.