Deep Sky Vineyard was born under the twinkling stars of a desert night.
In 2009 we traveled to Argentina to celebrate Philip’s 50th birthday. We fell in love with the region’s Malbec wines and bought a small vineyard in the Uco Valley, just south of Mendoza. The hot sun, ample water supply and high desert soils produced luscious wines that exploded with flavor. We were hooked!
We returned home and couldn’t help but notice the similarities between Argentina and Arizona. Was it possible we’d forgotten to look in our own backyard? With a little research, here’s what we discovered:
- Uco Valley, Argentina lies at 33 degrees South Latitude
- Willcox, Arizona lies at 33 degrees North Latitude
- Neither region has a marine influence
- Both have a high temperature amplitude (difference between daytime highs and nighttime lows)
- Both have similar soils
- Both have large underground acquifers
- Uco Valley lies at the foot of the Andes Mountains
- Willcox lies at the foot of the Chiricahua Mountains
- Both have high desert climates at over 3,500 feet in altitude
What else could we do? We had to try and grow Malbec in Arizona! But we didn’t stop there. We decided to also plant the Rhone varieties of Viognier, Grenache, Mouvedre, Syrah, Petite Syrah and Counoise which also benefit from the Arizona sun and terroir.
What does Argentina have in common with Arizona? When it comes to grapes, the answer is Everything!
When we look up into the Deep Sky we see infinite possibilities for exploration. Are there other civilizations among the billions of stars and galaxies? None of us really knows what’s out there, but we would certainly love to explore the universe. Our love of exploration led us to name the vineyard “Deep Sky”. Look closely at our logo and you will see an “A” on top for Arizona in the northern hemisphere and an “A” for Argentina in the southern hemisphere. The “A” also stands for Asmundson. The logo’s tilt is at 23 degrees, which is the same tilt of the earth. It looks like a galaxy and represents the infinite possibilities for the wines we make.
Come Explore Our Wines With Us
Kim and Phil