Rune Wines Makes the NY Times!


Excerpt from the NY Times article – “8 Things to Do in the Southwest This Fall” written by Elaine Gusac – Oct. 3, 2021

Taste desert wines

A tasting room at Rune Wines, about 50 miles southwest of Tucson.Credit…Kayla Lewis-Simpson


Arizona is likely not the first state that comes to mind when you consider a fall vineyard visit. But grape vines got their start here in the 1970s in tests of crops suitable for dry conditions. They took off in some higher elevation regions that cool off overnight, including Sonoita, about 50 miles south of Tucson, the state’s first American Viticultural Area, a designated growing region with distinguishing geography or climate.

At wineries like Rune Wines, about 50 miles south of Tucson, fall visitors can sample wines in outdoor areas offering views of the desert and mountains. Credit…Anna Schneider


Today, there are 17 wineries in the area, including the original Sonoita Vineyards, opened in 1983, and the off-grid Rune Wines, where visitors can sample wines on a shaded outdoor patio in view of distant mountains.

Pavle Milic, who co-owns the restaurant FnB in Scottsdale and created its Arizona-forward wine list, runs Los Milics Vineyards in Sonoita. He recommends malvasia bianca for a white wine, with its “undeniable Arizona aromas of passion fruit and lychees,” and montepulciano for red, “which grows vigorous in Sonoita.”