Aridus Wine Company
Aridus Wine Company is a family-owned winery located in the heart of Southeastern Arizona. Aridus opened its cellar doors in 2012 after refurbishing an existing 28,000 square foot apple warehouse which had been built in 1982. It is one of the largest winery facilities in the state. Surrounded by majestic mountains, the beauty of this modern rustic-style winery was recognized when it won the Design Excellence award from the International Interior Design Association’s Southwest Chapter in 2014. The award was for Sustainability, for “Interior Design Excellence.” The winery building incorporates reclaimed lumber which was collected from old barns and homesteads in the area around the town of Willcox. Continuing with the theme of recycling and salvaging, the exterior of the tasting room in Willcox was built using reclaimed Wyoming snow fence lumber. In the interiors of the winery and tasting room, lighting is provided by retro-style ‘naked’ bulbs, providing a feel of old-fashioned caves illuminated in this fashion.
Using grapes sourced from Arizona, New Mexico, and California, Winemaker Lisa Strid seeks to express the essence of these terroirs, ranging from the desert to the California coast. Using cutting edge winery equipment, she hand-crafts small lots of complex and balanced wines, all uniquely ‘made in Arizona.’
Estate Vineyards: Aridus has owned 40 acres along Turkey Creek in Pearce, AZ since 2009. At 5,200 feet in elevation, the warm days and cool nights provide complexity and personality. The winery continues to expand the planting of the estate vineyard.
Farming: Primarily sustainable, using organic alternatives whenever possible as well as drip irrigation.
Name: Latin word meaning dry or arid, pronounced air-i-dus
Aridus has tasting rooms at the winery in Willcox and a satellite room in Scottsdale:
Aridus Willcox Tasting Room
145 North Railview Avenue
Willcox, AZ 85643
Open Thu – Sun 11:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Winter Hours)
Open Fri – Sun 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Summer Hours)
Aridus Scottsdale Tasting Room
7173 East Main Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Open Monday-Saturday 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Owner: Scott & Joan Dahmer
Winemaker: Lisa Strid