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,
Jennifer,I used to work with the Arizona Wine Growers Association and would recommend the following wineries in the Sedona/Cottonwood area:
1) Near Jerome/Cottonwood... Javelina Leap and Page Springs are next to each other and are worth the stop
2) In Jerome...Caduceus Cellars
3) Old Town Cottonwood - try Pillsbury Wine Company & Burning Tree Wine Cellars
4) If you make it a bit further out, off of Rt 260 is Alcantara Vineyards. Its wine and location are unique
Hope that helps! Syrah is the signature grape and has the highest ratings from Paige Springs and Burning Tree. Cheers.
Thank you so much!
Highest rated Arizona wine is Callaghan Cellars Chardonnay (back in 90's) garnered 94 points.
Burning Tree Cellars is no longer in Cottonwood. Their Tasting Room is now the Carlson Creek Vineyard tasting room. Enjoy your Arizona Wine Trip!!
You are mistaken, Burning Tree Cellars is still in its original location at the end of Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood. You must be thinking of Fire Mountain Winery which closed about a year ago and since then Carlson Creek Vineyards has taken over that location.