From transforming cities to nurturing grapes, serendipity describes the LDV Winery evolution. As professional community and strategic planners, LDV owners Peggy Fiandaca and Curt Dunham made a career assisting clients in creating successful plans. A strong game plan is vital in any industry, but more importantly, success results from responding to possibilities. That life journey of possibilities is what led Fiandaca and Dunham to develop a vineyard in southeastern Arizona that is now producing distinctive, hand-crafted wines.
Fiandaca and Dunham, long-time wine collectors, have found the magic of the “grape to glass” journey intriguing. From wine collecting and thinking about retiring, to finding the perfect land in Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains our vineyard/winemaking adventure began in the most serendipitous way.
The vineyard site needed to be at a high enough altitude to create a 30-degree temperature differential between the daytime high and nighttime low. Also, a large mountain was needed to impact the local microclimate. The vineyard location at 5,000 feet above sea level with the 10,000-foot peaks of the Chiricahua Mountains soaring behind the vineyard did the trick.Pristine and Plentiful Water
The vineyard sets atop the Willcox Playa aquifer which supplies reliable, pure water to sustain the vines.Superior Air and Water Drainage
The site needed to drain away summer rains and move cold air past the vineyard in the spring. The site lies along the banks of the 600-foot wide Ash Creek which serves as a drainageway for water and air. The vineyard is also planted in very rocky soil which helps quickly drain away moisture.
The violence and heat of volcanic activity creates soils that impart pleasurable and unpredictable characteristics to wine grapes. The LDV Vineyard is in the blast zone of the Turkey Creek Caldera eruption that occurred approximately 16 million years ago.No Previous Commercial Agriculture
The Vineyard site had to be pristine where nothing had been grown on the property in the last 100 years and no production agriculture nearby. The volcanic and granite soils are perfect for fine wine grape growing and the area is clear of any pesticide drift from other agriculture.
LDV’s philosophy is embodied in the winery’s logo and exemplifies the inseparable relationship between farming and winemaking. The property has supported people for hundreds of years based on the regional history and geology, as well as the artifacts found in Ash Creek that cuts through LDV Winery’s 40-acres.
The first circle honors the original farmers – the Native Americans who grew corn and squash along Ash Creek.
The second circle represents LDV, the next generation of farmers growing wine grapes.
The third circle represents LDV turning the grapes into wine. We strive to ensure that “earth’s fruits come full circle.” LDV’s philosophy is focused on being good land stewards and ensuring that the next generation will continue this quality farming legacy.
Visit our tasting room in Old Town Scottsdale to try LDV wines or purchase wines to enjoy at home or gift to friends and family.LDV Winery Tasting Room
7134 E. Stetson Drive, #B110
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
(South of Camelback and west of Scottsdale Road at SouthBridge)Hours
Noon – 8 PM Monday, Tuesday, WednesdayNoon – 10 PM Thursday, Friday, SaturdayNoon – 6 PM SundayClick Here for Location MapContact:info@LDVWinery.com; 480.664.4822
Visit the Vineyard
Please contact us to arrange a visit to LDV vineyard/winery in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona.
Visits and tours are by appointment only.
13911 South Kuykendall Cutoff Road
Pearce, Arizona (Cochise County) 85625
13771 Fountain Hills Blvd.
Fountain Hills, Arizona 85268
- Profile Owner: Curt Dunham
- Contact Name: Peggy Fiandaca
- Cross Streets: Scottsdale Rd and Camelback Rd
- Shopping Center: Southbridge Area
- Working Hours: Monday: Noon - 8 pmTuesday: Noon - 8 pmWednesday: Noon - 8 pmThursday: Noon - 10 pmFriday: Noon - 10 pmSaturday: Noon - 10 pmSunday: Noon - 6 pm