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Zarpara Vineyard is an established business with 11 years of grape production and wine sales. The business includes a vineyard, winery, tasting room, and living accommodation, all in one location. It is located a short 15 mile drive south of Willcox, tucked under the Dos Cabezas Mountains in southeastern Arizona. The mountains serve as a beautiful backdrop for the estate vineyard and tasting room.
Zarpara Vineyard is in the heart of the Willcox AVA, (American Viticultural Area), a unique and rapidly growing Arizona wine region that accounts for approximately 75% of all the wine grape production in Arizona.
The vineyard sits at 4,200 feet elevation on a 20 acre parcel in the wine growing area known as the Willcox Bench. There are currently 15 or more vineyards planted on the Willcox Bench with more on the way.
Since the Zarpara tasting room opened in 2012, the Willcox Bench area has seen multiple new tasting rooms open with more planned; as well a new microbrewery and several Airbnb’s in the immediate neighborhood. There are also several wine tasting rooms in downtown Willcox and others around the valley.
The Willcox area is emerging as a wine tourism destination, conveniently located on Interstate 10 about an hour from Tucson, with a range of hotels, B&Bs, and restaurants. The area also offers numerous other recreational activities such as the Chiricahua National Monument, Willcox Playa Important Birding Area, (IBA), Tombstone, Bisbee, Kartchner Caverns, U-Pick farms, hiking, biking, nature preserves, Old West history, and more.
The City of Willcox is a farming community with plenty of agricultural support for the area vineyards, farms, and ranches.
Zarpara Vineyard has a little over 7 acres of planted vines (about 1/2 acre is newly planted so not producing). A private well provides separate drip-irrigation circuits to 12 vine blocks, 7 of which are currently planted with individual varieties. The 7 grape varieties are Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Syrah, Monastrell, Graciano, Viognier, and Sauvignon Blanc. The parcel is all rich sandy loam soil. Vertical shoot positioning (VSP) is used throughout. About 6 acres remain to be planted.
There is one building on the property that houses the tasting room, winery, and a studio apartment. It is a 1600 sq ft building with 12 foot ceilings throughout. There is also a large shed.
The winery has an operations area and a separate barrel/case storage room, as well as a covered crush pad. Winery equipment includes picking and fermentation bins, crusher / de-stemmer, press, and numerous other items.
The winery currently produces 100% estate wines that are distributed to stores and restaurants in the major Arizona metro areas in addition to being sold out of the tasting room.
The tasting room occupies the northeast corner of the building with an adjacent covered patio. There is about 25 feet of bar space and an indoor seating area. The tasting room, including parking, is ADA compliant. The covered patio provides shaded outdoor seating and with the adjacent crush pad makes a great venue for live music.
Winery and farm equipment included. Wine inventory available via separate negotiations.
The next owner could successfully operate Zarpara Vineyard under the current model, which is owner operated, with the tasting room on site, most of the grape harvest used for wine production on site, the remainder of the grapes sold to other wineries.
The business is also ideally positioned as a launch pad for expansion. Here are some possible options to consider:
There is room for about 6 more acres of vines with irrigation main lines already run to 5 potential vine blocks. This would add up to about 13 or more acres of vines total in the vineyard, almost doubling grape production. Alternatively, some of the additional acreage could be used for Airbnb casitas.
The winery was designed with future expansion in mind to increase wine making capacity. There are also custom crush options nearby for making wine at another winery. Grapes and wine can be supplemented from other Arizona (or out-of-state) vineyards and wineries.
The current tasting room and studio apartment were designed to accommodate expansion of the tasting room. Also, an Arizona Farm Winery liquor license (Series 13) allows for three tasting rooms, one primary and two satellite, The satellite locations can be located anywhere in Arizona, opening the possibility for a tasting room on the Scottsdale Wine Trail