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Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery
Javelina Leap is a premium boutique winery with award winning wines. Our winery is in northern Arizona’s Verde Valley only minutes away from Sedona in the small historic valley of Page Springs.
Javelina Leap Winery processes approximately 48 tons of Arizona grown grapes equaling about 3,000 cases of fine Javelina Leap Arizona wine. When you visit us, you will be sampling wines at a fully functional vineyard and winery. Arizona pure wine varietals produced & served at Javelina Leap are Estate Zinfandel, Az. Zinfandel, Barbera, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc. Enjoy a tour of the winery and barrel room while sipping your wine or relax in the Arizona room and private garden where we serve artisan cheese platters, deli meats and wines by the glass or bottle.
During the harvest season (August to October ) you can watch wine actually being made. Arizona grapes are picked, de-stemmed, fermented, pressed, aged, bottled and labeled at Javelina Leap which also boasts a 100 barrel capacity cellar.
So, visit us on your vacation or day trip. Whether you’re with friends and family or on a romantic getaway for two, you’ll always be welcome at Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery. Maybe you’re just stopping by for a bottle to pair with a new or favorite recipe or to pick a wine to take to a party.
Even if you’re just here for a few suggestions, our staff is fun, knowledgeable and also familiar with this area. So, regardless of your own level of experience, we’re happy to answer your questions about everything from wine and restaurants to local attractions and outdoor activities. Wine is fun! So drop by and have some.
Vineyards. Elevation, volcanic soil, hot days and cool nights make Northern Arizona a perfect environment for grape growing. Arizona, California, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Bordeaux France are all between 34 and 45 degrees latitude north of the Equator placing Arizona among some of the most famous wine destinations in the world.
Javelina Leap is a 10 1/4 acre estate nestled 3,800 ft. above sea level. The vineyards are located on the steep slopes of an ex-tinct volcanic mountain, overlooking the lush greenbelt of Oak Creek.
There are an abundance of native plants intermingling with our estate zinfandel vines. These plants are a natural sustainable resource that benefits our unique teroir. As these plants decompose with the help of certain microbes and fungi in the soil, they deliver nitrogen. Nitrogen levels are extremely important for grapes. When the grapes are harvested a test is taken to measure the nitrogen levels. Nitrogen directly affects the fermentation. When you use extreme weed control it can lower the root colonization and affect the natural populations of soil microbes and fungi. These soil microbes and fungi play key roles in making soil nutrients available to the vines. This, in turn, affects the quality of fruit and improves it over the years.
Rod Snapp is Javelina Leap’s founder, co-owner and director of winemaking and vineyard growing. Rod is one of the leaders and original pioneers in the northern Arizona wine industry. A resident of Arizona for over 34 years, Rod is an entrepreneur whose roots go deep into the community. His experience and passion for the culinary arts go hand in hand with wine and this evolved into a dream of establishing his own vineyard and winery. Eventually this dream led Rod to a 6 year enology & viticulture apprenticeship and the purchase of 10 acres of sloping volcanic hillsides.
Owner & Winemaker Cynthia Snapp has 25+ years in the Sedona/Verde Valley. Cynthia credits her European roots for instilling a deep sense of sustainability and love for the land. Working side by side with Rod since the conception of Javelina Leap, she shares Rod’s palate, passion and vision. For the past 10 years, Cynthia has been involved in planting, pruning, harvesting, bottling and making wine in the Verde Valley. She is among only a handful of female winemakers who are active in the nearly 50 wineries in Arizona.
“I’ve always believed in doing what you love and loving what you do. It’s my passion that drives me forward. I learned to make wine just like a chef learns to cook... by doing it! I don’t use the same written formula each harvest. Nothing is set in stone. Decisions are based strictly on the fruit itself and each year is different.”
— Cynthia Snapp,winemaker
2016 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE WINE COMPETITION
(Out of 7,100 wine entries)
2014 Javelina Leap Vineyard Legacy Estate Zinfandel - GOLD
2014 Leap Vineyard Cabernet Franc - GOLD
2014 Javelina Leap Vineyard Prospector’s Blend - GOLD
2014 Javelina Leap Vineyard Syrah - SILVER2014
Javelina Leap Merlot - SILVER
2015 ARIZONA REPUBLIC WINE COMPETITION (pictured)
2015 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE (Out of 6,300 wine entries).
Javelina Leap 2013 Legacy Zin. (Estate) - GOLD
Javelina Leap 2013 Tempranillo - SILVER
Javelina Leap 2013 Chenin Blanc - BRONZE
Javelina Leap 2013 Syrah - BRONZE
BORDEAUX BLENDS $30. TO $40. CATEGORY
Javelina Leap 2013 Rock Slide –
BRONZE RED BLENDS $25 TO $35. CATEGORY
Javelina Leap 2012 Prospectors Blend - BRONZE
2014 Arizona Republic Wine Competition
2012 Javelina Leap 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (Single Vineyard) -
Growers Cup Bronze
2013 Javelina Leap 100% Legacy (Estate) Zinfandel - Silver
2013 Javelina Leap 100% Arizona Zinfandel (Single Vineyard) - Silver
2013 Javelina Leap 100% Arizona Chenin Blanc
(Single Vineyard) - Bronze
2014 Verde Valley Wine Symposium,
Winemakers Challenge Wine Competition
PEOPLE’S CHOICE RED WINE
Javelina Leap 2012 Legacy (Estate) Zinfandel
2014 Winemakers Challenge International Wine Competition
(Premium Wines Category)
Javelina Leap 2012 100% Arizona Syrah - Gold
Javelina Leap 2012 100% Arizona Legacy Zinfandel (Estate) – Silver
2013 International Wine Channel TV Awards
Javelina Leap 2012 100% Arizona Tempranillo – Silver
Javelina Leap 2012 100% Arizona Syrah – Silver
Javelina Leap 2012 100% Arizona Barbera – Bronze
Javelina Leap 2010 100% Arizona Zinfandel – Bronze
2013 International Women’s Wine Competition
Javelina Leap 2012 100% Arizona Merlot - Gold
Javelina Leap 2012 100% Arizona Merlot- Best of Class
Javelina Leap 2011 100% Arizona Zinfandel - Silver
Javelina Leap 2012 100% Arizona Tempranillo - Silver
Javelina Leap 2011 100% Arizona Syrah - Silver
Javelina Leap 2011 100% Arizona Prospectors Blend - Bronze
2013 Arizona Republic Wine Competition
Javelina Leap 2012 100% Arizona Tempranillo –
Growers Cup Bronze over/ all varietals
Javelina Leap 2012 100% Arizona Tempranillo - Gold
2009 Arizona Wine Growers
Javelina Leap Petite Sirah - Gold Medal
Javelina Leap Cabernet - Franc Silver Medal