SONOITA, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- You don't usually think of a visit to a winery as a "family friendly" outing. But one winery in southern Arizona hopes to change that image.
Arizona Hops and Wines is located in Sonoita, Arizona.
The winery is run by two sisters (Megan and Shannon), who get lots of help and support from family and friends.
"We try to be like the whole package, so we try to be fun, unpretentious, family friendly. We want you to come hang out," they tell us.
They even want the youngsters to come hang out too. Their kiddos actually helped set up the "Sober Shack."
The Sober Shack Soda Co. offers a place for kids to have just as much fun as the adults. It’s a little building where kids sell their homemade sodas, fizzy lemonade, candy and other snacks. It’s a great place not just for children, but also for designated drivers and anyone who appreciates something sweet. (It's open only during special events.)
"We really wanted to make this a family business. So we make our kids run the sober shack, they make home sodas and treats and stuff for our festivals and things like that. They work in the fields with us."
There's even a petting zoo!
"Honestly, the thing that makes it the most special is that everybody that comes here usually comes with their family and their friends."
Arizona Hops and Vine wants to show folks that wine tasting doesn't have to be so serious. "We want to be part of everyone's special memories. We love weddings here, we love birthday parties, bachelorette parties, whatever, we love to be part of that. But we also want you to walk in and feel relaxed. We don't ever want you to walk in and feel like 'I don't know enough about wine.'"
When you think of wine pairings, you might think cheeses or cuts of meat. But these sisters? They choose chips. "We pair with chips; we're laid back."
The sisters fell in love with the southern Arizona wine country area and with making wine. So, they started their own vineyard from the ground up. "We planted the entire vineyard from cuttings that we propagated ourselves. All of the work on the building and the landscaping is done by volunteers; we don't have a forklift."
The winery has a wine for every palate. "We have sweet, sparkling, all the way up to dry, complex estate wines that we're really proud of. So I'd like to think the wine is a big reason that people come in here."