Did you know that Arizona is home to 40 wineries and vineyards? It’s true. In fact, the Wall Street Journal recently acclaimed the Verde Valley as an emerging hotspot vying for Napa-like status¹. Prescott and the Verde Valley are home to hundreds of acres of vineyards, farmed by five distinct wineries. Go wine tasting in Arizona by taking winery tours to these Verde Valley area wineries, located within an hour’s drive between Prescott and Sedona in towns like Page Springs, Cottonwood and Jerome. Experience the wineries themselves or stay local and check out funky area wine bars where they serve Arizona wines. As the epicenter of Arizona wine country, the Verde Valley offers a tremendous opportunity for tourists and locals to taste some of the country’s best wines right here in one place.
Javelina Leap Winery and Vineyards Tasting Room Open 11 AM to 5 PM Daily. Located 90 minutes from Prescott just outside Sedona in historic Page Springs valley on the slopes of a volcanic mountain, overlooking Oak Creek. 1565 North Page Springs Rd, Cornville (928) 649-2681 www.javelinaleapwinery.com
Page Springs Vineyards & Cellars Tasting room open daily 11am-6pm. Nestled along the banks of the Verde Valley’s famous Oak Creek. Page Springs vintner Eric Glomski offers visitors unforgettable syrah, petite sirah, and more. 1500 North Page Springs Rd, Cornville (928) 639-3004 www.pagespringscellars.com
Oak Creek Vineyards & Winery Enjoy a spacious, gravious and newly renovated tasting room where you can sip wine, eat cheese and chat with the friendly staff. If you find something you love while you’re there, Oak Creek Vineyards offers a VIP Club and wines shipped right to you. 1555 North Page Springs Rd, Cornville (928) 649-0290 www.oakcreekvineyards.net
Echo Canyon Vineyard and Winery No scheduled wine tastings but visitors are encouraged to call or email for information. Visit their website for contact information and to order wines online. Located 90 minutes from Prescott. 3222 N Echo Canyon Rd, Cornville Access via 2 mile dirt road (928) 634-8122 www.echocanyonwinery.com
Granite Creek Vineyards Open for tastings Friday-Sunday 1-5pm. Award winning, family owned winery located 20 minutes from Prescott in Chino Valley, Arizona. One of few U.S. 100% Certified Organic wineries. 2515 Road 1 East, Chino Valley (928) 636-2003 www.granitecreekvineyards.com
Alcantara Vineyards Tasting room open daily 11am-5pm. Taste 5 of Alcanterra’s outstanding wines. Check out Arizona winery tours and tasting with an outstanding selection of wines, made right here in Arizona. 7500 Alcantara Way, Cottonwood (928) 649-8463 www.alcantaravineyard.com
Juniper Well Ranch Winery Tasting room open every weekend from noon to 6PM. Juniper Well Ranch has planted over two acres of vineyards featuring the Spanish Tempranillo grape. We are also growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Pino Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Malbec, many which were first planted in 2004 and harvested in Fall 2008. Enjoy seasonal events, bring a picnic or purchase one of the winery’s cheese plates and enjoy the Fiesta Patio. 10080 W. Tough Country Trail, Skull Valley (928) 442-3415 www.juniperwellranch.com
Verde Valley Wine Tasting:
Jerome Winery Located between Prescott and Sedona in historic Jerome, featuring over 30 local wines. Want a good story paired with a good glass of local wine? Head to Jerome Winery just off the main strip. 403 N Clark St, Jerome (928) 639-9067 www.jeromewinery.com
The Art of Wine Wine tasting 7 days a week in Uptown Sedona. The Art of Wine is dedicated to selling wines as stunning as the red rock landscape. All of their wines are produced locally. Pinon Pointe Shops 101 N Hwy 89A, B-9 (877) 903-WINE www.artowine.com
Arizona Stronghold Vineyards Tasting Room Tasting Room open 365 days a year. Enjoy wines in a confortable, relaxing environment while exploring the eclectic shops, galleries, antiques, restaurants and cafes of Historic Old Town Cottonwood. 1023 North Main Street, Cottonwood (928) 639-2789 www.arizonastrongholdvineyards.com
Pillsbury Wine Company North Tasting Room Hours: 11am-6pm. Sun.-Wed.; 11am-8pm Thurs.-Sat., closed major holidays. Serves delicious wines from Pillsbury’s vineyard in Cochise County and local wine from Freitas Vineyard in Cottonwood. 1012 North Main Street, Cottonwood (928) 639-0646 www.pillsburywinecompany.com
Bitter Creek Winery Located in historic Jerome. Experience exquisite hand-crafted wines while overlooking the Verde Valley. 240 Hull Ave, Jerome (928) 634-7033 www.bittercreekwinery.com
¹Karp, H. (May 25, 2007), United States of Wine, Wall Street Journal
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