Total loan: $9,500


Tucson, AZ, United States / Transportation

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A loan helped keep the best wine tour guides in the state employed.

Karen's story

Growing up in Arizona in an Italian family, wine was a part of many family meals, wine tasting became a favored activity while working in the travel industry. I was always amazed that wine was grown in Arizona and took anyone and everyone who visited to the local vineyards when I could. In 2014 when my youngest daughter was ready to start school I decided that I was read to go back to work. An entrepreneur at heart, I decided to fulfill a need in the Tucson tourism area. Along with my brother Tony we started Sonoran Tasting Tours. My passion for wine tasting lead us to create our all inclusive wine tour which picks people up in Tucson and takes them to 3 vineyards in Southern Arizona wine country. Each guest receives a souvenir wine glass, 5-6 tastings at each vineyard, lunch, snacks and water on the van. We made it a point to develop relationships with the 20+ vineyards in the state helping with their events and any other activities that we could to become a part of their community. Sales were amazing and the following year we purchased a second van. Fast forward to October 2018 and we acquired Arizona Winery Tours in Sedona and changed our name, making us the largest and most recommended wine tour company in the state. We currently have 10 employees and plans for additional vehicles in the next several years.