Elevation, well draining soils, hot days and cool nights make Northern Arizona a perfect environment for grape growing. Arizona, California, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Bordeaux France all share a similar latitude north of the equator placing Arizona among some of the most famous wine destinations in the world.
Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery is a 10 1/4 acre estate nestled 3,800 ft. above sea level. The Javelina Leap Estate Vineyards are located on the steep slopes of an extinct volcanic mountain, overlooking the lush greenbelt of Oak Creek.
The Javelina Leap Estate Vineyard grows our highly awarded Legacy Zinfandel planted in 2005. Beginning in 2014 we will harvest the following varietals from our exclusive Hassayampa vineyard outside of Prescott Arizona: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Barbera. Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery also contracts a variety of wine grapes from southern Arizona. All of our Northern Arizona Vineyards are pruned and harvested by hand to ensure the highest quality.
There are an abundance of native plants intermingling with our Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery estate zinfandel vines. We believe these plants are a natural sustainable resource that benefits our Arizona vines and we have chosen to avoid all chemical weed control and use a weed whip instead. As these plants decompose with the help of certain microbes and fungi in the soil, they improve the vine’s nitrogen, water and nutrient absorption capabilities. Nitrogen also plays an important role in the fermentation process.Using chemical weed control can lower and kill the vine’s natural populations of soil microbes and fungi which colonize in and around the root system.This, in turn has an affect on the grape vines in years to come as well as the quality and characteristics of the resulting wine.
Because most of our Arizona wines are pure varietals from single vineyards, they are also a true result of the Arizona terroir.