Located on the Wilcox Bench at 4,300 feet in elevation, Rob and Sarah Hammelman tend to Sand-Reckoner Vineyards. Our name Sand-Reckoner, means ‘sand-calculator,’ and references Archimedes’ revolutionary and thought provoking 3rd century B.C. writing. In this text, Archimedes calculates the size of the universe by figuring the number of grains of sand that will fill it. The name alludes to our sandy loam soils, our connection to the cosmos, and the infinite calculations required to create a true wine that expresses the very sand into which our vines’ roots grow deep. It’s also a tribute to the pioneering spirit and evolution of thought of those who have walked before us, and who have had the imagination to philosophize and explore. In 2010, we purchased our 12 acre farm situated between the Chiricahua and Dragoon Mountains in Southeastern Arizona outside of Wilcox. The small vineyard was planted in 1997. At 4300 feet in elevation, our high desert site exhibits a continental climate yielding warm summers with a large diurnal temperature swing of 30˚ to 50˚F, and cold winters. Our vineyard soil is composed of Sonoita Sandy Loam, a well drained, rocky soil. The subsoil is extraordinary with limestone rock 4 feet below the surface, renowned throughout the world for grape development. Currently, we grow Malvasia Bianca, Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Syrah, and Zinfandel.
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