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Zarpara Vineyard is an established business with 10 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 with more planned. 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 approximately 6.8 acres of planted vines, about 5280 vines, 88 rows of 60 vines each. A private well provides separate drip-irrigation circuits to 12 vine blocks, 7 of which are currently planted (one is partially 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.
The next owner could successfully operate Zarpara Vineyard under the current model. The business is also prime for expansion. There is room for about 6 more acres of vines with irrigation already run to 5 potential vine blocks. This would add up to about 13 or more acres of vines total in the vineyard. The winery was designed with future expansion in mind to increase wine making capacity. The current tasting room and studio apartment were also designed to accommodate expansion of the tasting room.
Winery and farm equipment included. Wine inventory available via separate negotiations.