Perched on the side of the South East facing slopes of Jerome, Az, Owner and Winemaker, Maynard James Keenan, along with his wife, Jennifer, are producing roughly 6500 cases a year in their tiny underground cement facility known as The Bunker.
The majority of the Merkin Vineyards wines are produced from fruit grown on our 70 acre Buhl Memorial Vineyard in Willcox, Arizona. Merkin has 3 programs. The Chupacabra program is produced using French/Alsation fruit, Shinola is the Italian program, and the Tarzan/Janes is our Spanish/Iberian program.
Production is combination of open topped 1/2 ton bin fermentation, stainless steel submerged cap extended maceration, and modified carbonic maceration for the Reds, and whole cluster pressed stainless steel cold fermentation for the Whites and Rose’s. The epitome of a boutique owner owned and operated winery.
Expression comes in many forms.
Let ours be known as The Liquid Love Letters & Time Capsules.
Our mission is to accurately capture and bottle sunlight and fleeting moments from specific places.
Your mission is to set them free. Our gift to you and yours.
In Vino Veritas.