A trip to the Pillsbury winery is a chance to interact with film history. Planted in 2000 by New Zealand filmmaker Sam Pillsbury and opened in 2006. The Pillsbury winery boasts an auxiliary tasting room in Cottonwood, AZ. Winner of 14 medals at the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle American Wine Awards, the winery boasts a win at the 2018 Arizona Grand Wine Festival where the WildChild White won the Grower’s Cup for Best Arizona White wine.
The company estate is located just 14 miles southeast of Willcox, AZ. Surrounded by the Dos Cabezas, Dragoons, and Chiricahua Mountains. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and relax under the pines and pecan trees while taking in the surrounding views. Saturdays at the estate always have some local music which combines with the drive for a rather good date night.
The tasting room in Cottonwood is located on the main drag of Old Town just down from Adventures Unlimited Bookstore in what is quickly becoming a wine tasters paradise. The block also boasts tasteries from Fire Mountain Wines, Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, Burning Tree Cellars, and Merkin Vineyards. Be sure to take advantage of their daily $5 glass specials, or any one of their excellent flights.
Tour the facility and, if the chance presents itself, listen to owner and film legend Sam Pillsbury as he seduces you with stories from his career over some of Arizona’s best wines.
Monday – Thursday 11 am – 7 pm
Friday 11 am – 9pm
Weekends 11 am – 5 pm
Tastings/Flights range from $10 – $12. Flight is comp’d with 3 bottle purchase.