ELGIN, Ariz. (KVOA) – With snow hitting Southern Arizona hard on Tuesday, Santa Cruz County also got it’s share of winter weather.
Vineyards in Sonoita have been practically painted white for almost 48 hours. And while the cold weather is typically not good for the grapes, winemakers are happily welcoming this winter weather.
Kent Callaghan owner of Callaghan Vineyards spent his time indoors when snow fell across his vineyard Tuesday.
Normally, he would be out pruning and getting the vines ready to grow grapes. But since October, Callaghan says the region has only seen a couple of inches of rain.
While the cold weather is not ideal for the vineyard, Callaghan said the snow will bring some much-needed moisture.
He says while it’s a doubled edge sword, the snow is worth it.
“We have seen dry seasons happening more and more lately and with this, it’s going to help,” the vineyard owner said. “I’m just glad it didn’t happen any later because the snow will wipe out an entire crop.”
Callaghan also says he hopes the temperatures go back up so it gets easier for the crops.