Hello, other Guildees,
In celebration of graduating with my bachelor's degree in August, I'm planning to take a trip to Arizona in September or October.
I will be flying into Pheonix, and have planned on going North towards Cottonwood/Jerome in the Verde Valley. The plan is to stop at the Merkin Osteria tasting room in Scottsdale, followed by the Merkin Osteria tasting room in Cottonwood along with both the Caduceus Cellars and Four Eight Wineworks tasting room in Jerome.
The purpose of this message is to ask what other vineyards/winery tours along with tasting rooms would you all recommend?
Thank you in advance,
If you're visiting Arizona to see it's wine-growing regions then you'd do well to head south rather than north. The Willcox AVA provides Arizona winemakers with the majority of their grapes. So, from Phoenix I'd recommend the aforementioned Scottsdale choices (Merkin & FnB), then Sand Reckoner in Tucson, Rune in Sonoita, Dos Cabezas Wineworks in Sonoita, Callaghan Vineyards in Elgin. As for other northern options to consider: Four Eight Wineworks in Jerome and Chateau Tumbleweed in Clarkdale.
PS FnB has half-priced Arizona wines by the bottle in the bar between 3:00 and 5:00 PM.