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12/29/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman pads reputation as Arizona Wine Country
Valle Vista's vineyards now include Cella Wines' vines
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Carlos Cella with a bunch of his first harvest of wine grapes. Cella purchased property in Valle Vista and started growing wine grapes a few years ago. The vines finally matured this year and were harvested for Cella Wine’s first bottles earlier this month.
Cella Wines/Courtesy
Carlos Cella with a bunch of his first harvest of wine grapes. Cella purchased property in Valle Vista and started growing wine grapes a few years ago. The vines finally matured this year and were harvested for Cella Wine’s first bottles earlier this month.

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - Kingman's second winery is getting ready to open to the public.

Cella Wines, near Valle Vista, is planning to open its tasting room around Jan. 20, said winery owner Carlos Cella.

Cella started his winery, Cella Wines, about five years ago after working for 35 years as a car body shop owner in California.

He was hoping to open the winery this year but the state and federal wine license process was a bit more involved than he expected.

Cella was waiting on one of the last parts of the licensing process, approval of his bottle labels, when the federal sequestration hit.

The process ground to a halt. Then the government shut down in October slowed the process even further, he said. But he finally has the license.

Cella said he does not plan to build a large event center like his friend Don Stetson of Stetson Wines.

"I just have a little tasting room," he said. "I may, in the future, add on a little patio where people can enjoy the wines outdoors."

Cella got the idea to start a winery after Stetson purchased several acres of land near Valle Vista a few years ago and encouraged Cella to come out and look at the area.

Cella liked the property and bought several acres.

"The area is perfect for growing grapes," Cella said. "The weather is mild, there's very little humidity, very few pests and the soil is great."

This is the first time he has ever tried to grow the grapes to produce wine, Cella said. His father, an immigrant from Italy, taught him how to make wine as a teenager.

Cella planted his vines in 2008 with the help of family and friends and converted part of his garage into a winemaking facility. The vines include grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sirah and Sangiovese.

The winery is located at 6927 East Brooks Blvd. in Valle Vista. It can be tricky to locate using GPS. For directions, call (928) 692-9600.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013
Article comment by: What the???

WOW! We really need ANOTHER one of these around Kingman?? I can just imagine all the drunk drivers and stuff out on the streets now running loose from here to Flagstaff! Unreal!

Get ready cops as i think youll be making ALOT of arrests!


Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013
Article comment by: Re: Hablamos Español

Re: Hablamos Español

Yes, it is unfortunate that honoring the correct pronunciation of Spanish as well as Native American culturally historic place names, etc. is not common with many new and long time residents around here, unlike (as you pointed out) the community of Phoenix does recognize, including the City of Tucson and other many communities in Arizona.

Also another good example to mention is the many historic cities and communities of New Mexico and Texas.

Thanks for also mentioning how to properly pronounce "Estrella", because I too had not been pronouncing that road name correctly! However, I did know that Bosque is correctly pronounced in Spanish as "bous kay" which I often hear it pronounced as "bosk". By the way, Bowie Road is correctly pronounced "bo wee", not "boo we", as in "buoy" which is a navigational marker!

By the way, I expected someone to point out that for example, Los Angeles, California has almost never been known to be correctly pronounced as it should be in Spanish (which is one of the few major exceptions I would agree with) perhaps not long after California became a State) however, "Rodeo Drive" in Beverly Hills sure is well known to be pronounced as "row day o" Drive"!


Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013
Article comment by: Follow the Signs

As long as big, good signs are posted ... I'll find it ! (hear me, merchants and others?)

Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013
Article comment by: No habla Espanol

Re: Site

Don`t try to pronounce anything in Spanish around here. I was ridiculed for pronouncing Estrella in GV as Es-trey-uh (as they do in Phoenix). Was told "this isn`t Mexico".


Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013
Article comment by: Site Steward

"This winery is not in Valle Vista. Near it, yes but not in it."

Yes, that is correct. The parcel is located in the MOUNTAIN VISTA RANCHES UNIT III-A.

By the way, off topic, the "Valle Vista" subdivision name is supposed to be pronounced "Vi yay Vista" not "Valley", as the subdivision name was purposely spelled in Spanish.

Also, Suzanne, finding the winery by the street address is not tricky with the internet nor the County GIS.


Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013
Article comment by: Trained Observer

Valle Vista is a housing tract. This winery is not in Valle Vista. Near it, yes but not in it.



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