People are feeling safe to leave the house again but are still wary about venturing too far from home. In Arizona, the pent-up demand is resulting in people wanting to rediscover and explore our beautiful state. So, get your car serviced, pack your camping gear or suitcase, load up on your favorite snacks, and point your car, motorhome, camper, or motorcycle south for a Southeastern Arizona adventure and visit to LDV Winery.
Southeastern Arizona and particularly Cochise County, where LDV Winery is located, has a long, rich history of cowboys, Indians, and agriculture. It is the “Land of Legends” because of people like Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Johnny Ringo, and others from the Clanton gang that traveled these parts. In fact, you can visit Johnny Ringo’s grave where he died under a tree up the mountain near our vineyard.
On the way down to the vineyard, stop at Kartchner Caverns State Park in Benson (about an hour from LDV) to tour the amazing cave formed over millions of years with spectacular stalagmites. And it is still forming and changing. Further along your trip as you drive through Texas Canyon with its unique boulders and rock formations, visit the Amerind Museum (40 minutes from LDV) to see exhibits that tell the story of America’s first peoples from Alaska to South America and from the last Ice Age to the present. The Amerind Foundation was founded in 1937 by William Shirley Fulton (1880-1964) as a private, non-profit archaeological research institution.
Take a hike in the mountainous area of Cochise Stronghold near Sunsites (25 minutes from LDV) where the great Apache leader Cochise hid from the cavalry. Though LDV Winery’s address is Pearce, Arizona (20 minutes from LDV), it is considered a Ghost Town. Pearce’s post office was established in 1896 and continues today. Gold was discovered nearby and the Commonwealth Mine was established until its closure in 1930. Several historic buildings still stand along the main street.
As you reach the turn from US 191 to SR 181, stop into Mustang Mall to check out the great selection of Arizona wines from Cochise County and a true Western mercantile. You are now on your last leg to LDV Winery (15 minutes to LDV). You will not be passing through vineyards but enjoying grasslands and mountain views. Watch out for deer and other wildlife. From SR 181, take Turkey Creek Road and a quick right turn onto Kuykendall Cutoff Road for a mile on a dirt road to LDV Winery.
Explore Arizona and visit the beauty of Southeastern Arizona. A perfect opportunity is the LDV Wine Country BBQ and vineyard/winery tours – August 7. Learn first-hand about our vineyards, winery, and see our magical place producing award-winning wines. Register HERE. or by calling 480-664-4822.
LDV Winery is a member of Harvest Host if you would like to stay on property. Contact us for lodging suggestions near the winery. Also plan on visiting the Chiricahua National Monument (15 miles from LDV), Apple Annie’s farm and orchard near Willcox, and the many other area wineries.