Barrelhead Farms Winery is defined by family, passion and enthusiasm. We’re committed to winemaking that will exceed your expectations. We are very honored to be farming on the Willcox Bench in the heart of the American Viticulture Area (AVA) where 74% of all Arizona wine grapes are grown.
At Barrelhead Farms Winery, we specialize in dry, full-bodied wines, that are crafted by hand using traditional methods of barrel aging and gentle handling to produce top quality wines for any occasion. We practice traditional winemaking methods of minimal interference, open fermentation and barrel aging. We use only organic herbicides and pesticides in the vineyard and strive for excellence in winemaking and sustainability in our vineyard.
Our Vineyard practices are customized to match the particular characteristics of the soil to help the vines produce the best fruit possible, and to in turn, achieve the best wine possible. Directed by Kief Manning, his team implements irrigation and nutrient regimes, trellis system and canopy management, rootstock and clone combinations, and pruning and cane selection for each block within a vineyard. Because of the lands diverse geological makeup, even within one vineyard parcel there may be several different types of soil with different degrees of nutrients for vines and water-holding capacity.
We practices sustainable farming techniques, such as composting, planting cover crops and other plant species to avoid soil erosion, add desirable nutrients back to the soil and to attract desirable insects, and integrating animals to naturally enhance biodiversity and nutrient recycling.