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“Great Replacement for Canelo Hills”

Flying Leap Vineyards
Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Elgin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Flying Leap Vineyards & Distillery is a committed team of southern Arizona family farmers, talented winemakers, skilled distillers and passionate merchants of the Arizona Wine Country experience. We grow a vast portfolio of winegrapes on our ranches in southern & southeastern Arizona, and we produce a delicious array of finely-crafted, ultra premium wines and distilled spirits from our harvests. Flying Leap's Elgin facility is a working winery and distillery. All of Flying Leap wines are produced from grapes we grow - we do not purchase fruit from anyone. Accordingly, our wines express the unique terroir of our vineyards and are showpieces of the craft, skills and patience of our winemakers. Our distillery facility is completed and a second tasting room for spirits is now open on weekends, as well as a new outdoor park & recreation area and 132-person entertainment venue. Come visit us in the heart of Arizona Wine Country!
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed March 21, 2014

Last time we visited here it was Canelo Hills and we remember some excellent wines. The new owners seem to have taken on the mantle and are taking it to the next level. The wines they inherited from Canelo were already top quality, but now Flying Leap are starting to produce their own, and nothing has been lost. It's a very down-home winery, very simple and quite small, but the whole experience was terrific, especially as the wine-maker himself, Marc Moeller, was there to do the tasting and talk about the wines. We'll be making it a regular stop when we go through Elgin.

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Reviewed March 17, 2014

Flying Leap is a pretty new operation, having taken over for Canello Hills, but the wines are pretty solid, and will hopefully get better with time. The only problem is that the tasting counter is really tiny, and there were so many people crowding around it that it was difficult to enjoy the tasting, even though they brought us our pours at the rear of the room.

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SWAZUS, Owner at Flying Leap Vineyards, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2014

Thank you for your feedback about your tasting experience at our estate winery - we always appreciate hearing from our customers, and we are always looking to improve and enhance their experience with us. Flying Leap is a team of farmers, winemakers and wine merchants. As such, our focus is on growing high-quality crops, producing exquisite, genuine estate wines from our harvests and giving our customers detailed knowledge of our wines in a comfortable setting. Our tasting room at the winery is small, but it is nicely-apportioned and provides what we feel is a clean, comfortable & functional venue for sampling and learning about our viticulture and wines. All Flying Leap staff are trained sommeliers, and we strive to provide every customer with an enhanced understanding of our products, which I am heartened to see you enjoyed and experienced at our winery. However, Saturdays are very busy in Arizona's wine country, and we often have large crowds in our properties. I am truly sorry that the congestion in our tasting room marred your experience at Flying Leap. We do our best to ameliorate this but having our sommeliers come out to pour for our customers away from the tasting bar, and we provide comfortable seating and a beautiful, handmade white oak table with benches for our customers who prefer to sit. That notwithstanding, I understand the limitations of our venue, and we are doing something about it.

Flying Leap is planning large facility expansion at our estate winery in Elgin, which will break ground in 8 weeks. The new venue will significantly expand our winemaking & cellaring capacity, and we will sizably augment our tasting room, as well as enhance it's appearance and comfort for our customers. We hope you'll continue to come back, so that we can share our expansion with you, as well as our ever-coming new releases. I appreciate your comments, have taken them to heart and want to assure you that Flying Leap is committed to integrity, quality & customer service, as well as education.

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Reviewed March 10, 2014

My wife and I, along with two other couples, had the pleasure of spending a day in the vineyards and winery with Mark Beres of Flying Leap Vineyards. Mark's passion for his vines and wines can only be matched by his commitment to Southern Arizona, his family, and his employees. He gives credit to all of the past and present Arizona winemakers but has the knowledge to take Arizona winemaking to the next level. If anyone will put The AZ wine industry on the map, it will be Mark. If you are visiting Southern AZ, I highly recommend that you contact Mark at Flying Leap Vineyard whether it is for a lodging, food, or a wine recommendation. I will never look at a bottle of wine the same way!
Walter S.

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Reviewed March 6, 2014

We enjoy frequenting the Sonoita/Elgin wineries and Flying Leap is by far our favorite. The wines are excellent and the staff goes above and beyond what is expected in making the experience memorable. We learn something new each visit about wines and winegrowing. Rolf, the tasting room manager, is great. He knows so much about each wine and manages to keep everyone's glass full. The owners are such great guys. They love showing us around the winery and educating us. Their enthusiasm is contagious. Don't miss this winery!

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Reviewed March 3, 2014

Very small tasting room. The staff was very friendly. The story behind their logo was very interesting. They had a lot of red wines which now I understand is because reds are easier to grow and produce in the Arizona heat.

Thank Kbron2
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