About Us

Stephen and Nancy Basila

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  Like many Arizona natives, our family has fallen in love with the beauty, ambiance, and relaxation that Elgin, Arizona has to offer.  It has a special place in our hearts, and we want to share this feeling with wine lovers from around the world. 

Our property offers 16.5 acres of high desert bliss with 7,500 Sagrantino, Alvarinho, Counoise, Cabernet Franc, Aglianico, and Malvasia Bianca grape vines.  Autumn Sage Tasting Room (Opening Feb. 15th 2020) offers a unique tasting experience. Situated next to the vineyard, it has comfortable handicap accessible indoor and  outdoor seating. Nearby Autumn Park is the center and focus for outdoor events. The park boasts a classic gazebo and dock overlying a fishing pond, perfect for outdoor  weddings, anniversaries, festivals, and other celebrations. There are picture-perfect mountain ranges in every direction with rolling hills that turn green during monsoon season.  Amidst our high desert scenery, you'll find autumn sage plants sprinkled throughout the property (unique to the Southwest).​ 

Your tasting travels won't be complete until you've visited our neighboring wineries and distilleries; a must-do for travelers and locals alike. 

Life is better when it's shared with others.  Come and share it with us at beautiful Autumn Sage

Vineyard Wine Tasting

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Come Visit the Autumn Sage Vineyard "Wine Monk”

The Autumn Sage Tasting Room opens Feb. 15th 2020, however, The Wine Monk is currently serving delightful wines at our outdoor venue Autumn Park.  "The Wine Monk" AKA Cody Burkett is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW).  He received his nickname while working as a wine columnist for a music, arts, and poetry newspaper centered in Northern Arizona called The Noise (Published from 1993-2017).  The name comes from Cody's love for wine and his years spent at a Greek Orthodox Seminary where he once studied to be a priest.  In the end, Cody decided he liked working with wine better than working on souls.  


When he's not serving wine at Autumn Sage, Cody spends most of his time reading books, taking photos, and getting lost in the Skyrim and Huachuca mountains.  Cody runs the leading blog about Arizona wine https://azwinemonk.com/.  He's also Creator/Host of the "Make America Grape Again" Podcast, https://makeamericagrapeagainpodcast.com/.


Our Vineyard Grape Varietals

Sagrantino

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Sagrantino is our Piece De Resistance Italian red wine varietal not widely known outside of the region of Umbria in Central Italy.  Autumn Sage is one of the largest producers of Sagrantino grapes in the United States. The grape has high tannic  levels and the bouquet is one of dark, brooding red fruits with hints of  plum, cinnamon, and earth. 

Alvarinho

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Alvarinho is our Signature white wine. This Portuguese/Spanish white wine varietal is known for its distinctive botanical aroma suggesting apricot and peach. It produces a light wine with high acidity. 

Counoise

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Counoise is our Elegant red wine varietal from France. Counoise adds a peppery note and good acidity to blended red wines. This varietal is primarily grown in France's Rhone valley region and one of the grapes allowed into the blend of Chateauneuf-du-Pape Wine

Cabernet Franc

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Cabernet Franc is our Staple red wine lovers varietal from France. Cabernet Franc is one of the major black grape varieties worldwide and is commonly grown for blending. Cabernet Franc is a light pale red wine and lends a peppery perfume to blends. Depending on growing region, additional aromas can include  tobacco, raspberry, and violets.

Aglianico

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Aglianico is our Adventurous red wine varietal from the southern regions of Italy. Aglianico produces full-bodied with firm tannins and high acidity wines. The trademark coloring of the wine is deep garnet, and it can produce wonderful  chocolate and plum aromas. 

Malvasia Bianca

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Malvasia Bianca is a dominant member of the Malvasia family of white grapes, and our Celebration  wine. It's used to produce dry, sweet, sparkling and specialty wines. Grown historically in the Mediterranean region, it's widely believed that Malvasia originated  in the country of Greece.