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,
Thank you so much!
Highest rated Arizona wine is Callaghan Cellars Chardonnay (back in 90's) garnered 94 points.
While in Scottsdale, check out the Scottsdale Wine Trail (ScottsdaleWineTrail.com). There are 4 Willcox Vineyard Tasting Rooms within walking distance of each other, as well as in the area of Merkin and F&B. They are Aridus, LDV, Salvatore and Carlson Creek Vineyard.
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.
It looks like you already have a list to work from however I would like to add a few and I would like to make a couple of corrections. I am currently the Cellar Master at Arizona Stronghold Vineyards so I am a bit bias of course but I would suggest that you stop into our tasting room whiule you are in Cottonwood. Also, if you are interested I may have time to give you a tour of our production facility.
So, 70% of wine grape production happens in the Willcox area, followed by Sonoita-Elgin and then smaller production up north in the Verde Valley. Its worth noting that while ASV's produciton is in the Verde Valley our Estate Vineyard in located just north of Willcox. Additionally some of Arizona's most interesting vineyards are remote and completely seperate from the larger growing area. Case in point would be the Colibri Vineyard, now owned by Page Springs Cellars. The Syrah grown at this high elevation site is what got Page Springs and Burning Tree Cellars some good press a few years back.
I would add to the list for up north that you visit D.A. Ranch, it is located in Page Springs Valley just north of Page Springs Cellars. (Rose of Tannat anyone?) The wines are made by Joe Bechard of Chateau Tumbleweed, another great tasting experience. Also, Bodega Pierce/Saeculum Cellars (father/son projects) is just down the road from Tumbleweed and is definetly worth stopping at. 4-8 wineworks is a great stop while you are in Jerome tasting. It is Arizonas only wine Co-Op and is a great place to try some up and coming producers.
Feel free to shoot me a message if you would like more info!
Will be in Sedona next week for a very short trip. Any recs for a tasting room in Sedona proper?
Hi Zac, I am headed to Sedona from Prescott next Tuesday. Do you work at the tasting room for ASV in Cottonwood or the vineyard further north? Do you have a favorite tasting room/bar in Sedona that has the most selection for AZ wines? I am only there for a day, so will be making very short stops on the way to Sedona. Will be a great trip!
Zac Luhellier, Jeffrey Arnold, Jason Caballero, any recommednations?
Hi Robin, I am the cellar master and work in production at our winery which is between Camp Verde and Cottonwood. If you choose to drive the very scenic 89-A route from Prescott to Sedona you will pass right through Cottonwood, which has several tastings rooms located on a strip know as “old town” Cottonwood. Once you get to Sedona there are a couple of wine bars that have at least some local wine. I would check out Art of Wine in uptown Sedona. Note, there are a couple of satellite tasting rooms for some Arizona wineries in Sedona, however these places are more of a tourist attraction that a true representation of the Arizona wine scene. I would recommend making taking the nice drive over Mingus mountain through Jerome, where you can stop at Caduceus Cellars, then make your way down the mountain and stop at as many tasting rooms as time allows in Cottonwood. Please let me know if you have any more questions!
i would recommend a local wine tasting shop, The Art of Wine, which is on 89a in the Hyatt Shoppes at Pinion. They offer Arizona based wine flights and bottles. Their staff is knowledgeable on the selections as well.
If you prefer to visit an actual winery tasting room, it is only a 15-20 minute drive to Paige Spring Rd, which is the home to three wineries: Page Springs Cellars, Javelina Leap Vineyards and Oak Creek Vineyards. They are all about 1 mile from each other.
Let me know what you think about their wines. Cheers.
Thanks Zac Luhellier ! I figured there would be some tourist traps in Sedona, so I really appreciate the help. I will be driving from Prescott through Jerome to Cottonwood, then Sedona, so that will be perfect. Thanks again, super appreciate it!
Thanks Jeffrey Arnold ! I will definitely stay near the Art of Wine. Plan is to drive through Cottonwood to Sedona. If I have time, I definitely want to check out Page Springs & Javelina. Thanks again, very helpful! Will report back.
No problem! If you come back with more time I’d love to meet up for a drink!
The trip to Verde Valley was a success! Notes below for the next person looking for recommendations. I flew into Prescott Regional and then drove over Mingus Mountain to Jerome. That drive was stunning.
The Arizona Vignerons Alliance seems to be working toward an AVA for Verde Valley. Am interested to see what happens in the next years. Cheers!