The three-year-old Flying Leap Vineyards plans to open two tasting rooms in Tucson by March and hope to eventually open a third here.
That's in addition to the three it already operates — one at its Elgin vineyard, another in downtown Willcox and another in Bisbee that has been open about five weeks now.
Flying Leap co-founder and President Mark Beres said he hopes to open the first Tucson tasting room at St. Philips Plaza in February or March. A second tasting room will follow about the same time in a storefront spot on North Fourth Avenue just north of the bustling Congress Street entertainment corridor.
Beres said he and his partners — Marc Moeller and Tom Kitchens — are still shopping for the third location. All three Tucson ventures will be art gallery/wine tasting rooms in partnership with Willcox-based Trust Fine Art.
"There's incredible synergy between art and wine," Beres said.
Flying Leap planted its first vines in 2010 on 60 acres in the Kansas Settlement area near Willcox. In January, the vineyard expanded its hold when it acquired the 6 1/2-acre Canelo Hills Vineyard and Winery in Elgin.
To date, Flying Leap has 22 acres under vine between the two vineyards.
See the full story in Friday's Arizona Daily Star.