Skip to main content
  1. Leisure
  2. Food & Drink
  3. Drinks

Chateau Alcantara: Arizona wines in transition

See also

One of the big steps many wineries take is to offer a “flagship wine” (or signature wine) that represents the best of what their winemaker and vineyards can offer. And Arizona wineries are quite aware of this, with many selling these special wines on a regular basis.

This year, one particular Verde Valley winery has added more potential to their top shelf wine offering starting with the 2011 vintage. Alacantara Vineyards has introduced a possible flagship wine known simply as “Chateau Alcantara”. It features a bottle label, showing the main house/tasting room, from a painting done by design artist Smokin’ Joe McWilliams.

Although the “Confluence” has held the place as Alcantara’s official signature wine selection for 5 years running, Chateau Alcantara could become a top runner as a flagship in the future. This is because it’s quite popular with tasting room visitors, plus it’s an Arizona award winner.

At last month’s Arizona Winegrowers competition, the 2011 Chateau Alcantara took a silver medal. Not bad for any wine’s debut year, especially with increasing competition coming from all around the state.

In the taste-off, Arizona wineries are allowed to enter wines that blend in fruit from places other than Arizona. This is a good policy considering that there are so many startup wineries with young vineyards that are not quite yet producing full-bodied wines. A careful blending process is used successfully to add depth and character to a finished product that may be otherwise be years in the making.

Alcantara has been using California fruit in some of their wines since day one and each label clearly indicates the source of the fruit. With Chateau Alcantara, the label says “American Red Wine”. This is because it is a blend of Arizona and California (64% Paso Robles Cabernet & 36% Alcantara Estate Merlot to be exact).

Whatever the sourcing details are, this is an excellent wine for the price (about $40) and is a great choice to serve with a pot roast or many other meaty winter cuisines. Alcantara wines are available at most Arizona wine outlets who offer local wines for sale. This includes AJs, Whole Foods, and Bevmo. Of course, Arizona residents can also order directly from Alcantara’s website.



  • Corned beef
    Find out how to prepare a classic corned beef recipe in a slow cooker
    Slow Cooker Tips
  • Left handed eating
    Find out why you should never eat with your left hand
    Wives Tale
  • Subway message
    Subway customer finds 'Big Mama' written on her order
    Subway Message
  • Deviled eggs
    This is the only deviled egg recipe you’ll need this Easter
    Delicious Eggs
  • Natural solutions
    Natural beauty: All natural solutions to life's little beauty headaches
    Natural Solutions
  • Chocolate souffle
    Love chocolate? Get tips on making the perfect chocolate souffle every time
    Recipe 101

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!