When you think wineries, usually what immediately pops into mind is Napa, Sonoma, Oregon. Well Arizona has a little to offer the wine industry.According to the the Arizona Wine Growers Asscoiation, Arizona has three main growing regions, all high desert. These three main areas are South of Tucson, in Sonpita, North of Phoenix in Verde Valley, and Southeast of Tucson in Willcox. There are others scattered around the valley, with these three being the main areas.
Whether you are a local Arizona resident or you have the pleasure of visiting the valley, we suggest at least checking out one of these Arizona Wineries.
Javelina Leap (Verde Valley)
This Winery located in North Verde Valley, minutes from Sedona. During harvest season (August-Ocotber) You can actually watch the wine being made. They have great wines and have won a few awards for their creations. Some favorites are
Javleina Prospectors Blend – 100% Arizona wine. 62% Zinfandel, 24% Merlot, 14% Petite Sirah, Creamy mouth feel, followed by layers of berries, mild spice and a hint of smoke. Nice lingering finish.
Javelina Leap 100% Legacy (Estate) Zinfandel-100% Arizona wine. 5% Petite Sirah and 95% Zinfandel. Nice Garnet color with oak and vanilla on the nose. Boysenberry, honey and vanilla with a mild peppery finish.
Callaghan Vineyards (Sonoita)
Founded in 1990, Callaghan is well established Arizona Vineyard that has won many awards. They had th the honor of serving their wines in the White House as well. They have many good wines to choose from depending on you palette, so taste away!
Passion Cellars (Wilcox)
Great family owned winer with three tasting rooms in Scottsdale, Jerome, and Willcox. There 2013 Pinot grigio won took gold as AZ best pinto grigio. We love their 2010 Passion Cellars Reserve Cabernet-100% Arizona Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 24 months in French and American oak. Ruby red color, complex nose of vanilla, violets, cedar, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
Page Springs Cellars (Verde Valley)
A family owned winery in Verde Valley, that offers delicious Rhone style wines. With there gourmet food options and awesome views, they are worth a try. Their 2010 Page Springs Cellars Syrah was awarded 90 points by Wine Spectator (2013).
Keeling Chaefer Vineyards (Willcox)
This estate grown and bottled vineyard consists of 21 acres along Rock Creek in Southeastern Arizona. All of their fruits are grown in their land and bottled there, which makes them unique. 22 of their wines have been rated but Wine Spectator.