Kati Spencer (left) and Elizabeth Krecker share a taste of their wine in the tasting room at Twisted Union Winery. Photo by Jo Dean

The newly established Twisted Union Wine Company has purchased the former Kief -Joshua Vineyards at 370 Elgin Rd in Elgin. Their logo, that features a twisted “U”, represents twisting grapevines and is also symbolic of the partnership of investors, who, over time, will be restoring and replacing ten acres of the original vines. “Our collective of grape growers, winemakers, and storytellers came together to craft quality wine celebrating the West’s unique terroir,” states their website. 

Twisted Union Wine Company will be focusing on crafting premium quality wines, both red and white. The opening date is tentative depending on permitting, approval of wine labels, and the protocols to stem the spread of COVID-19. They are hoping to have their opening in December 2020. 

Kati Spencer and Elizabeth Krecker, two of the partners with the new wine company, come from wine enthusiast families. Each of their fathers would research wines and frequently take the family on wine tasting tours near their homes in California. Spencer grew up near the wineries around Eureka, CA, and Krecker near Marin, CA. 

Krecker has an Associate of Applied Science degree in viticulture and enology (wine making) from Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona. She is associate wine maker assuring the quality and consistency of wine with a good range of flavors. She will be one of the sommeliers in the tasting room.

Spencer, owner and managing partner, has 30 years of experience in various positions working in public relations departments in fields as diverse as mining, health care, and independent filmmaking. Living in the Phoenix metro area, she has been visiting the Sonoita wine country for the past 15 years with a dream of eventually purchasing and administering a winery. When Kief-Joshua came on the market, she pulled together a group of 14 like-minded investors who range from wine enthusiasts to owners of wineries and wine makers.

The winery will feature several wines when they open, including ‘Berried Hits’ (2018), a rhone-style blend of grenache, mourvedre and petite sirah; ‘Mood Swings’ (2018), a blend of mourvedre and petite sirah; ‘Ground Breaker’ (2018), a bordeaux-style blend of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot and cabernet franc; ‘Super Tuscan’ (2018), a blend of sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon and petite sirah; ‘Graciano’ (2018), sourced entirely from two Sonoita vineyards; and a 2016 viognier. These wines, which will carry the Twisted Union Wine Company label, are being sourced from various wineries and vineyards across the southwest until their own vines are mature enough to produce fruit. 

Twisted Union Wine Company also has two Airbnb rooms for rental. For more information, email info@twistedunionwinecompany.com, or phone (520) 455-5582.