When it comes to craft and vineyard vineyards, Pinecone has the reputation of being a “no frills” place to live, work and visit.
But that’s not the case for the small Arizona town of Tempe.
Located in the foothills of the Arizona-Mexico border, Tempe has a strong focus on craft and creative vineyards.
This is what makes the small community so unique.
“It’s been a little bit of a cultural shift,” said Tom Moore, the owner of Pinecone’s Craft Vineyard, located in Tempe’s Historic District.
Moore, who has been working with local and international partners to create a craft and vintage culture for the community, is a masterful wine and craft-wine grower.
Moore grew up on the same farm as Tom and his wife, Susan.
The Moore family has been growing wine in Temps vineyard for nearly 100 years.
Moore says they have the perfect conditions for the vineyard to grow grapes and produce vinegars.
The vineyard is situated on the small mountain called the Pinyon Pines, a famous hiking and backpacking trail in central Arizona.
Moore explains the trail is not for the faint of heart.
“The Pinyons is not like any other trail, it’s the one you can’t walk without bumping into some rock and mud,” Moore said.
The trail is mostly flat with a few switchbacks, and is also home to a variety of wildflowers and insects.
The Moore family is known for producing a variety in their vineyards that have been showcased in the Arizona Wine & Food Expo, as well as other festivals and events.
For example, a variety called “Vegarda,” which is named after the town, is one of Moore’s favorite wines.
“Vegards are very special because they’re a great red and white grape, with a beautiful red wine flavor, and they’re also very popular in Southern California,” Moore explained.
Moore and his family are also big fans of California-made wine, and enjoy having a wide variety of local wines and vintages available.
“We love making our own wines and doing our own wine tasting,” Moore continued.
“We don’t just want to be the best wine producer in the state of Arizona.
We want to make a wine that people want to taste and enjoy.”
In the early 1990s, Moore was working with the family of Tom Moore.
They were looking to expand their business and decided to plant a vineyard.
It wasn’t until after the first planting that they were able to bring a large amount of vines into the community.
“Our vineyard was planted in 1995,” Moore noted.
“And we’re still going strong.”
Moore and his business partner Susan Moore, as he calls himself, have been producing wine in the Tempe area for nearly a century.
They have owned the same vineyard since 1987.
“In 1995, we had a very successful vineyard and it was growing really well,” Moore recalled.
“So, we were able [to] put a lot of vineyard in the back yard and we thought it would be good to have a little piece of the history of the area.”
I’m sure it’s been very well received, it has been quite a journey for the whole family,” Moore added.”
I think it’s a great addition to our vineyard.””
The wine that we are making is not going to replace what Tom Moore and the family are making.
I think it’s a great addition to our vineyard.”
Moore is also proud to share the fruits of his vineyard with the community by partnering with local restaurants and craft and craft food businesses to help promote the community’s wine and vineyards as well.
“They are really enjoying our products,” Moore remarked.
“They like the products, and I think that’s a really good thing for a community like ours.”
“We want to give back to the community as well, because we do have a lot to give and a lot more to offer,” Moore concluded.
“When people see us, they are going to see something unique and different.”