10 Arizona wineries to try
Arizona Stronghold Vineyards
Things to know: In the heart of Old Town Cottonwood, you’ll find this wine lover’s paradise stocked with a variety of unique and delectable offerings. Tasting flights are $9 for five wines, with red, white, and combo lists available for sampling. The excellent staff will guide you through each wine you try, and the fully-stocked kitchen offers a wide variety of tapas and skewers to pair with your beverage.
Don’t miss: The olive bowl tapa with blue cheese crumbles is an absolute must, and visitors rave about the duck skewer with grilled seasonal fruit and kalbi sauce. If you’re looking to get more out of your wine tasting experience, joining the Archive Club at Arizona Stronghold grants you discounts, promotions, and more. Depending on the level that you join, you are able to get up to $180 per release. Live Music Fridays bring an extraordinary atmosphere to this one-of-a-kind experience, and Second Saturday Art Walks are a must-see. Arizona Stronghold Vineyards also participates in offsite events, including the Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival, and the Tempe Festival of the Arts.
Alcantara Vineyards, the first winery on the Verde River, is one of the largest vineyards in central and northern Arizona.
Arizona Hops & Vines
This cheeky little winery is run by two “crazy awesome sisters,” who say most of their wines pair well with Cheetos.
Burning Tree Cellars
“Co-conspirators” Mitch Levy and Corey Turnbull turn grapes into small batches of wine with artistic labels.
Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards
Maynard James Keenan, made famous as the vocalist of rock band Tool, embarked into Arizona’s Verde Valley.
Dos Cabezas Wineworks
Its wine has been enjoyed at the White House, earned critical acclaim and grabbed international attention.
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards
Sunny days and cool nights combine with the rhyolite volcanic soils to create some of Arizona’s finest wines.
Page Springs is a family-owned vineyard and winery tucked into the volcanic landscape overlooking pristine Oak Creek.
Pillsbury Wine Company
Owned by New Zealand film director Sam Pillsbury, this winery earned multiple medals at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Awards.
Besides the wine tasting rooms, there are plenty of other things to do in the sky islands of Cochise County and there are no crowds.