Americans love their wine. That may seem like a blanket statement, but wine popularity around the United States is as high as ever. According to the Wine Institute, Americans consumed a record 913 million gallons of wine last year. This surge in popularity means there are more wineries than ever. Wine lovers no longer need to venture all the way to Napa Valley to tour a winery. Here in Arizona, there are plenty of wineries to explore. The following wineries showcase the diverse and, yes, delicious local wines of Arizona.
Sonoita Vineyards proudly declares their title as Arizona's Original Winery. Opened in 1983, Sonoita is the oldest operating commercial vineyard and winery in the state. The 60-acre vineyard is nestled in the Sonoita Appellations of southern Arizona. In addition to providing a beautiful backdrop for visitors, the mountains protect the vineyards from inclement weather and make for ideal growing conditions. The result is a mix of fine grape varietals including their award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon.
Callaghan Vineyards has a bit of a reputation. Since opening in 1990, Callaghan's wine has received accolades from the likes of Decanter, The Wall Street Journal and has even been served at the White House. Try a glass (or two) of their reds and you'll quickly discover why. Their carefully-crafted, Spanish-style reds have attracted tourists from all over the country to visit this vineyard in the Sonoita region.
The Coronado Vineyards is another winery found in Southeast Arizona. This winery features a spacious patio with picturesque views as well as a luxurious tasting area. Coronado opened in 2006 after an extensive renovation of the grounds, which previously served as a golf course. The name is derived from the only plant to survive the renovation—a large pine tree in the vineyard. The owners, Doajo and Roxanne Hicks, are self-proclaimed wine lovers that are don't discriminate when it comes to their wines. The varietals are sweet, bitter and everything in between.
Family owned and operated, Carlson Creek benefits from being a big winery in a small town. The 160-acre vineyard emulates the varietals and growing conditions of Rhone, France. Their tasting room is located along the Willcox Wine Trail in the historic town center. While there, you can learn more about the winemaking process while enjoying varietals in an intimate setting.
With its relaxing vibe and breathtaking scenery, this vineyard is something to experience. Located 20 minutes south of downtown Sedona, the Oak Creek Vineyards & Winery is part of the Verde Valley. Its high elevation and mineral rich soil yield ripe and flavorful grapes. They specialize in crisp whites, velvety reds as well as cheeses and appetizers. Tastings are available daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Page Springs Cellars adheres to the motto "something for everyone." This rings true as Page Springs attracts everyone from wine novices to true aficionados. Located along Sedona's Oak Creek, this winery features live music, displays local artwork and has a craft store. If sipping on Rhone varietals isn't relaxing enough, Page Springs offers table massages on the vineyard and will even pack you a picnic basket during your tour.
The Alcantara Vineyards was the first winery on the Verde River. Opened in 2004, the winery was instrumental in the resurgence of the Verde Valley wine scene. Patrons rave about the scenic vineyards that even include a wedding chapel. This winery is also ideal for animal lovers, as dogs and cats are known to roam the tasting room. For adventure seekers, Alcantara is part of the "water to wine tour,” which starts with an extended kayak on the Verde River and ends with a visit to the tasting room.
Su Vino translates to "your wine" and it's clear that this is a fitting title. Located in the Arts District of Old Town, Scottsdale, Su Vino is committed to making a personalized wine drinking experience. Customers can become their own personal winemaker by customizing their wine and creating their own labels. They can even play one of the many board games located in the tasting room while they imbibe in Su Vino's diverse red and whites.
If you're seeking a hole in the wall, head to Burning Tree Cellars. They may not have as many varietals as their competition, but what they lack in quantity they make up for in care. Burning Tree offers 12 wines that are each carefully crafted. Their boutique wines are best enjoyed on their outdoor patio which features live music.
Arizona Hops and Vines is run by two sisters that make every effort to make their motto of "Great Wines and Good Times" come true. Located on a family farm, this winery is not for snobs. They serve up snacks like chips and Cheetos to pair with their delicious wine. Guests can also play a board game and watch livestock as they sip on their beverages.