Arizona Wine? Who would have thought?
Verde Valley, Arizona’s wine country is under-discovered, but the people who have been to the region and tasted the great wine it produces can attest to its excellence.
The Verde Valley has similarities to some of the great wine producing regions in the world. It has the sunshine and heat to develop great fruit. The valley also has the unique rocky soils that help the vines produce fruit with great flavors and concentration. These soils and stressful growing conditions force the vines to struggle to survive. This struggle causes the vines to put their energy into developing less abundant but higher quality, more intensely flavored fruit - just the characteristics the winemaker wants to craft great wine.
Over the past 9 years the Verde Valley has seen the birth of vineyards and wineries nestled in between the communities of Cottonwood, Jerome, Clarkdale, Camp Verde and Sedona.
These pioneering wineries are producing a wide variety of wines, in many different styles each distinct to their label that are being praised by wine critics and many have won national awards for their quality.
The wineries have been so successfull that the Verde Valley is anticipating a number of other wineries, tasting rooms, and other wine related business to emerge in the region. The wine industry is an environmental and sustainable industry and will help the Verde Valley to grow and sustain its self!
Each winery has its own tasting room and welcomes guests. Stop in and sample the wines, see the vineyards and pick up a bottle or two to share with friends.
The Verde Valley Wine Trail connects the dots between 6 wineries: Alcantara Vineyards, Chateau Tumbleweed, Clear Creek Winery, Javelina Leap Vineyards, Page Springs Cellars, and Oak Creek Vineyards, and 8 tasting rooms: Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, Burning Tree Cellars, Cellar 433, Fire Mountain Wines, Passion Cellars, Pillsbury Wine Company, Southwest Wine Center's Teaching Winery, and Winery 101. While on the trail visitors will not only experience the skillfully crafted wines that each produces but also the beauty of the region. What better way to enjoy a day or more than touring the wineries, tasting rooms, area attractions and the great restaurants and bistros that dot the landscape?