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Sonoita and Elgin: A Tapestry of Natural Beauty, Community Warmth, Wine Country, and Equestrian Living


Nestled in the heart of southern Arizona, the towns of Sonoita and Elgin beckon with their enchanting blend of natural beauty, tight-knit community bonds, flourishing wine country, and the allure of equestrian living. These neighboring havens provide an idyllic escape from the fast-paced urban lifestyle, offering breathtaking landscapes, welcoming communities, acclaimed wineries, and a range of horse properties. In this blog post, we will uncover the wonders that make Sonoita and Elgin a sophisticated and friendly sanctuary for those seeking a fulfilling small-town experience surrounded by natural splendor.

1. Embracing the Natural Beauty:

Sonoita and Elgin are cocooned in a tapestry of natural beauty, with rolling grasslands, majestic mountain ranges, and captivating sunsets that paint the sky. These towns offer a serene haven for nature enthusiasts, boasting nearby attractions such as Patagonia Lake State Park, Coronado National Forest, and Kartchner Caverns State Park. Residents can immerse themselves in picturesque hiking trails, revel in birdwatching opportunities, embark on fishing adventures, or simply bask in the tranquil vistas that await at every corner. Sonoita and Elgin provide a gateway to outdoor explorations and a chance to reconnect with the wonders of nature.

2. A Warm and Welcoming Community:

The warm and friendly communities of Sonoita and Elgin add an extra layer of charm to the region. Residents here are known for their genuine hospitality, strong community spirit, and deep-rooted sense of belonging. Engage in local events, farmers’ markets, and art shows, where you’ll have the opportunity to connect with neighbors and forge lifelong friendships. The sense of community extends beyond casual encounters, with residents actively supporting local businesses, volunteering for community initiatives, and creating a tight-knit atmosphere that makes you feel right at home.

3. Sonoita Wine Country:

Sonoita and Elgin proudly encompass Arizona’s original American Viticultural Area (AVA), establishing themselves as the state’s premier wine region. The distinction of being the first AVA in Arizona speaks volumes about the unique terroir and exceptional winemaking practices found in Sonoita. The high elevation, cooler climate, and well-drained soils contribute to the production of remarkable wines that have gained both national and international recognition.

Within the Sonoita AVA, a tapestry of vineyards and wineries awaits exploration. From family-owned estates to boutique vineyards, each winery in Sonoita and Elgin encapsulates a rich history and a commitment to producing exceptional wines. Wine enthusiasts can delight in the diverse varietals that thrive in this region, from robust reds like Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon to elegant whites like Chardonnay and Viognier.

Embarking on the Sonoita Wine Trail is a sensory journey through the heart of Arizona’s wine country. Visitors can savor exquisite tastings, engage in educational vineyard tours, and engage in conversations with passionate winemakers who bring their craft to life. The wine country experience in Sonoita and Elgin is more than just a tasting; it’s an immersion into the artistry, dedication, and innovation that define Arizona’s winemaking scene.

Beyond the exceptional wines, the Sonoita Wine Country also captivates with its scenic beauty. Rolling hills adorned with lush vineyards create a picturesque backdrop for memorable wine-tasting experiences. Whether you’re sipping wine on a sun-soaked patio or strolling through the vineyards at sunset, the charm of Sonoita’s wine country is an invitation to savor life’s simple pleasures.

4. Equestrian Living and Horse Properties:

For those who revel in the equestrian lifestyle, Sonoita and Elgin present a paradise of equestrian living. These towns boast vibrant horse communities, featuring an array of horse properties that cater to residents who wish to keep their own horses or engage in equestrian pursuits. Imagine awakening to panoramic mountain views, traversing scenic trails on horseback, or participating in local equestrian events and competitions. Whether you’re an experienced rider or a passionate novice, Sonoita and Elgin provide an enchanting backdrop for embracing your equestrian dreams.


Sonoita and Elgin, nestled in the heart of southern Arizona, offer a captivating tapestry of natural beauty, close community ties, acclaimed wineries, and the allure of equestrian living. With breathtaking landscapes, vibrant communities, award-winning wineries, and a range of horse properties, these towns provide an ideal retreat from the hectic urban lifestyle. Whether you seek outdoor adventures, a sense of belonging, a passion for fine wines, or the joys of equestrian pursuits, Sonoita and Elgin warmly embrace you. Embrace the splendor of nature, immerse yourself in the genuine community spirit, savor the flavors of the wine country, and revel in the equestrian lifestyle that awaits you in these extraordinary towns. Sonoita and Elgin are not merely places to reside; they are destinations that nurture the soul and offer a sophisticated and friendly small-town experience.

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Josh Mentesana


Josh has been involved in real estate and construction project management for over 10 years in Florida and Arizona. Prior to moving to Arizona in 2018, Josh was also licensed in general lines insurance including life, health, and annuity for 5 years in Florida.

When family ties brought him to southern Arizona, Josh recognized the incredible growth potential of the market around him and began fixing and flipping houses. Fixing and flipping turned to fixing and holding and the pursuit of larger development projects. He was also fortunate to serve many wonderful buyers and sellers, and to establish long-standing relationships with multiple investors during that time.

A few years and several millions of dollars in real estate transactions later, Josh decided to open a brokerage with the goal of helping others accomplish their goals and find financial freedom through real estate.

Josh lives in Sonoita, Arizona with his wife and business partner, Kathryn. Josh and Kathryn have fallen in love with the Sonoita/Elgin area with its rolling hills, mountain views, breathtaking sunsets, and of course, incredible vineyards and wineries.

Outside of business, Josh is an accomplished martial artist. He holds a second-degree black belt in Krav Maga (Israeli combat). Josh carries the core values of Krav Maga, courtesy, modesty, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and the indominable spirit in every area of his life. It has been his privilege to train hundreds of adults and children in his nearly 20 years of practice.

Kathryn Mentesana

Acquisitions Manager

Kathryn brings over a decade of marketing, technology, sales, and contracting experience to the brokerage. After graduating with honors from the University of Florida, she began working in digital marketing with a focus on automotive and hotel groups for several years before being drawn to technology for real estate and construction.

That draw led Kathryn to work in software for REITs and serial builders, most notably with e-Builder, Inc., a Trimble Technologies company, and Aurigo Software Inc. Kathryn focused primarily on helping developers, state, and federal government agencies manage multibillion-dollar capital programs with capital planning, project management, right-of-way, materials and lab testing, and asset management software.

Josh and Kathryn believe that their shared passion for construction and real estate is one of the many reasons they were drawn to each other. After a year of dating long-distance, Kathryn moved to Arizona in 2018 where she and Josh were later married. She assisted Josh with strategic real estate acquisitions for 3 years before taking on her role as Acquisitions Manager with Red Tail Real Estate.

Outside of work, Kathryn loves sports and spending time outdoors. She was a fastpitch softball player for over 10 years and played in the winning ASA World Series game in Olympia, WA. She loves to SCUBA dive, although it’s a little difficult in Arizona, so she’s getting much more into hiking and bird watching.