Cove Mesa Vineyard opens tasting room in booming Verde Valley
Cove Mesa Vineyard has officially opened its new Tasting Room in the heart of Arizona’s Verde Valley wine region. Located at the intersection of Cornville Rd. and Page Springs Rd. in Cornville, the new 3,400 sq. ft. Cove Mesa Vineyard Tasting Room is situated near the winery’s estate vineyard in the area’s bustling wine scene.
Offering an elegant, upscale farmhouse aesthetic that reflects the natural beauty of the Verde Valley, the Cove Mesa Vineyard Tasting Room is now open daily from 12pm to 6pm with a full gourmet menu and live music on weekends.
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Owned by local residents Emil and Cindy Molin, Cove Mesa Vineyard has risen to prominence for its commitment to celebrating Arizona terroir with the production of Old World style wines. Cove Mesa recently won Arizona’s highest wine award for its’ 2018 Merlot including the ‘Governor’s Cup’ Best in Show and the ‘Grower’s Cup’ as Best Red Wine along with an array of other key awards in the 2022 Azcentral.com Arizona Wine Competition.
Cove Mesa Vineyard produces an array of European-style red, white and rosé wines featuring grapes from the Verde Valley and Southern Arizona’s Wilcox region including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Sangiovese, Petit Sirah, Tempranillo, Chardonnay, Picpoul Blanc, Malvasia Bianca, Vermentino, Rosé and house blend Cynthia’s Cuvee, a local favorite.
Cove Mesa Vineyard Founder and Executive Winemaker Emil Molin says that opening the new namesake Tasting Room is a dream come true for the couple. “It has been a remarkable journey building this brand together and our new Tasting Room reflects the passion and pride we invest in every bottle,” he said.
“Opening the new Tasting Room is an exciting new chapter in our family story,” said Cindy Molin, Co-Owner of Cove Mesa Vineyard. “We are so grateful and fortunate to have had the support of the community and the Arizona wine industry as we worked hard to bring this new space to life,” she said.
The Verde Valley has gained international acclaim as a premier wine destination with dozens of wineries and tasting rooms in the region. On December 10, 2021 the Verde Valley was designated as an American Viticultural Area (AVA).
This esteemed designation identifies the unique geography, topography, soils, and climate (together known as “the terroir”) of the Verde Valley AVA as a federally recognized grape growing region.
“With four beautiful seasons and unique desert climate, it is the ideal place to showcase our Old World style of winemaking that utilizes the unique terroir of Arizona’s high desert vineyards,” the Molins said.
Cove Mesa Vineyard’s new Tasting Room features a beautifully appointed interior room for sit-down tastings, including a welcoming wine bar, comfortable banquette seating throughout, pet-friendly all-season covered porch and grounds designed to compliment the small-town charm of the area.
Cindy Molin serves as Head Chef for the Tasting Room, which offers an extensive menu of gourmet dishes including an array of charcuterie boards featuring the finest imported and local meats and cheeses, homemade favorites like Mac & Cheese, vegan boards which feature cheeses and fig salami from the award-winning Virgin Cheese in Clarkdale, AZ, and house-made fresh salads and scratch-made dips and sauces. A rotating array of seasonal dishes with European flair include smoked duck and duck paté pairings and specialty sausages.
Open 7 days a week, Cove Mesa Vineyard offers a relaxed and intimate environment to explore the winery’s award-winning wine collection for area visitors and wine aficionados alike.
“It is truly our vision to be as much of a local destination for socializing, delicious food and fine wine as it is to be a visitor destination for Arizona guests of the Verde Valley,” Emil Molin said.
“We have an incredible community in the Verde Valley and we wanted our space to feel like the neighborhood’s living room,” he said.
Perched atop a long and winding pebbled dirt road, the Cove Mesa estate vineyard overlooks the entire Verde Valley region with soaring views that reach the red rocks of Sedona. With a total of 11,400 vines onsite, Cove Mesa Vineyard is the embodiment of a family-owned legacy winery with deep roots and expansive plans for the up-and-coming wine growing area.
Located just 90 minutes from Phoenix, or 20 minutes from Sedona, Cove Mesa Vineyard is a must-visit destination for wine connoisseurs seeking to explore the beauty of Arizona wines.
The Cove Mesa Tasting Room is located at 1210 S Western Dr, Cornville, AZ 86325. Reservations are kindly requested for groups of 8 or more. For more information about Cove Mesa Vineyard visit www.covemesa.com or call (928) 641-4693.