LDV Winery's Sustainable, Vegan Wines Put Arizona Wine Industry on the Map
September 30, 2021
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (August 24, 2021) — Since the development of their vineyard and estate in the remote southeastern region of Arizona as well as their popular Tasting Room in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, at 7134 East Stetson Drive, Suite B100, LDV Winery has been steadily making a national name not only for itself, but for the Arizona wine industry.
“When we first started out in the industry 13 years ago, we were only the 17th in the state to gain our license; now there are more than 120 licensed wineries in Arizona,” says Peggy Fiandaca, who co-owns LDV winery with winemaker Curt Dunham. “Since the very beginning, we’ve done things differently and people who taste our wines for the first time are always pleasantly surprised at the quality and the uniqueness.”
Those characteristics start at the very beginning of the winemaking process — by growing the grapes in the specific chosen region of the Chiricahua Mountains, which is touted for its high altitude and volcanic soil.
To produce high-quality wines of LDV Winery caliber, five key locational factors must be achieved — mountain environment (the vineyard is nestled 5,000 feet above sea level); pristine and plentiful water (LDV sits atop the Willcox Playa aquifer); superior air and water drainage (the estate lies along the rocky-soil banks of Ash Creek, serving as a drainageway for both elements); volcanic soil (16 million years prior to LDV’s arrival on the land, the Turkey Creek Caldera eruption occurred); and zero previous commercial agriculture (the land has not been impacted by any other agriculture growth or pesticide drift in the last 100 years).
Developing wine on this pristine terroir and through sustainable processes with as little manipulation as possible allows LDV Winery to produce the highest quality, most uniquely flavored grapes. The result is a variety of nationally acclaimed, award-winning single variety wines that are vegan and gluten-free, with zero residual sugar and zero additives, produced as cleanly as possible to serve as a reflection of their attention to quality and sustainability.
Proudly a part of putting Arizona wines on the national wine industry map, LDV Winery stayed determined during the hardships and closures of COVID-19. Continuing to ship to individuals in 37 states throughout the country, the winemakers stayed connected to their loyal club members and wine enthusiasts through a series of virtual events including happy hours and cooking classes (complete with wine pairing tips, of course).
As fate would have it, the Scottsdale-based Tasting Room was forcibly shut down by the landlord due to structural repairs on the building. Ever tenacious, Fiandaca and Dunham set to work revamping the interior of the Tasting Room so upon reopening on April 1 of this year, they could offer a whole new wine-tasting experience that is personalized by a wine concierge in a comfortable safe and social distanced environment.
Since that time, Fiandaca reports the Tasting Room has surpassed their pre-pandemic 2019 numbers by almost 50 percent. Attributing this to the fact that people are anxious to return to their usual social outings in a new way, she also believes that the newfound interest in Arizona wines has much to do with this growth. As a whole, she sees the Arizona wine industry growing and receiving national recognition, and Fiandaca notes this is just the beginning as more investors are coming to Arizona for agriculture from areas like California.
“We’re not Napa Valley. We’re not Sonoma. And we’re not trying to be,” she says, adding, “We are distinctly Arizona — and that is very intriguing to wine drinkers.”
For more, visit www.ldvwinery.com.
ABOUT LDV Winery: Peggy Fiandaca and Curt Dunham, LDV Winery owners and longtime wine collectors, create memorable experiences through their love of food, wine, and entertaining. Peggy and Curt maintain a connection to their land and have a passion for growing grapes as sustainability as possible — caring for the land, their vineyards and the environment while producing Arizona wines that rival the best of the world.
The LDV vineyard is nestled among southeastern Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains, where Peggy and Curt are intent on careful sustainable farming to produce the highest quality grapes. LDV Winery focuses on single-varietal wines that are processed with limited winery manipulation, allowing the fruit, the volcanic soils and the mountain influence of the wines to reveal themselves in every bottle. LDV Winery Tasting Room in Scottsdale is the vintners’ retail outlet as well as a tasting room, featuring flight menus and seasonal wine lovers’ events. For more: www.ldvwinery.com.