Arizona has a range of wineries that can compete with the best in the business. From family-owned vineyards to award-winning estates, Arizona wines are sure to please the palate of even the most discerning oenophile. A two-floor tasting room at Cellar 433 in historic Jerome looks out over the spectacular scenery of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Flying Leap Vineyards & Distillery is an artisan winery and distillery was founded in 2010 by a trio of Air Force veterans.
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For almost three decades, Callaghan Vineyards has been producing award-winning varietals in Santa Cruz County. Their wine has received accolades in the press for its quality and was even served at the White House for Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement dinner. You don’t have to be a retiring Supreme Court Justice to enjoy their wine, though. Just sign up for their wine club to re-ceive invitations to special events or stop by their tasting room to sample wines made from grapes grown on-site as well as signature blends created from combining their grapes with those from other Arizona vineyards.
336 Elgin Road, Elgin, AZ, Phone: 520-455-5322
2.Pillsbury Wine Company & Vineyard
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The Pillsbury Wine Company creates handcrafted wines using sustainable farming methods. Recognized for their regional flavor and exceptional quality, the wines have won numerous gold medals and even a double gold award at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Wine enthusiasts can try the company’s award-winning wines at their tasting rooms in Cottonwood and Willcox and at restaurants throughout the state or pick up a bottle at one of the many grocery stores where it is stocked. The staff is happy to arrange tours of the vineyard or help to plan spe-cial events like concerts, weddings, and family reunions.
6450 South Bennett Place, Wilcox, AZ, Phone: 520-384-3964
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Weekends were made for wine tasting at the Zarpara Vineyard. This privately owned winery is a labor of love for husband-and-wife team Rhona MacMillan and Mark Jorve, who open the doors to their tasting room on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between the hours of 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Their tastings include a souvenir glass, or guests can bring a glass from any Willcox Wine Country venue and drink at a discount. Their Botella Club, Caso Club, and Barril Club member-ships offer varying levels of perks from complimentary tastings to special event invitations and early access to new releases.
6777 South Zarpara Lane, Wilcox, AZ, Phone: 602-885-8903
4.Flying Leap Vineyards & Distillery
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This artisan winery and distillery was founded in 2010 by a trio of Air Force veterans as a small business venture. Little did they know that their small-scale farming operation would turn into a full-blown production and distribution company for premium wine and spirits. Today, Flying Leap has wine tasting rooms at six locations across Arizona’s wine region (with a seventh opening in early 2019 in Sedona) and a tasting room for distilled spirits in Elgin. Hours of the tasting rooms vary by location and tours of their vineyard at Kansas Settlement in Willcox are available by ap-pointment only.
342 Elgin Road, Elgin, AZ, Phone: 520-455-5499
5.Dos Cabezas WineWorks
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Dos Cabezas WineWorks has been a southern Arizona institution since 1995. Today, the Bos-tock family and their experienced team own and manage two vineyards that produce some of the finest red and white wines in the area. Club members receive quarterly shipments of 3, 6, or 12 bottles of wine sourced directly from the Cimarron and Pronghorn Vineyards. Their Sonoita tasting room is only a short drive from Phoenix and Tucson and is open Thursdays through Sun-days. Adjacent to the tasting room are two southwestern-style casitas for guests who just can’t get enough of this casual winery and their distinctive flavors.
3248 Highway 82, Sonoita, AZ, Phone: 520-455-5141
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The distinctive qualities of wine grown in southeastern Arizona has led to the area being desig-nated as an American Viticultural Area. Varietals grown at the Dragoon Mountain Vineyard are served daily at Cellar 433 with cheese pairings that complement the unique flavors produced by the hot days and cool nights of the Arizona desert. The two-floor tasting room in historic Jerome looks out over the spectacular scenery of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Cellar 433 is an active member of the Jerome community, regularly hosting special in-house events and offering their wine at local festivals and art shows.
240 Hull Avenue, Jerome, AZ, Phone: 928-634-7033
7.Carlson Creek Vineyard, Scottsdale Tasting Room
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In the heart of Scottsdale’s arts and entertainment district, this tasting room is popular with area wine enthusiasts and connoisseurs from all over the state. The newer of two tasting rooms sup-plied by Carlson Creek Vineyard, the Scottsdale location has comfortable bar and bistro seating for their regular customers as well as an exclusive tasting area for members of the Carlson Creek Wine Society. They sell wine by the glass and by the bottle in addition to branded apparel from the vineyard. Special events include wine release parties and holiday tastings paired with sweet and savory treats from local merchants.
4142 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ, Phone: 480-947-0636
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Just miles from downtown Tucson is one of southern Arizona’s oldest vineyards. Well-known for their White Merlot, this picturesque winery invites visitors to enjoy the panoramic view of the Santa Rita mountain range while sipping on a glass of wine and sampling the contents of one of their gourmet picnic baskets. Their air-conditioned tasting room is open to the public every Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can also be reserved for private events. Oenophiles won’t be able to resist bringing home a bottle or two along with wine-themed mer-chandise like t-shirts and souvenir glasses.
18585 South Sonoita Highway, Vail, AZ, Phone: 520-762-8585
9.Chateau Tumbleweed Winery & Tasting Room
Owned by two couples with years of experience working in the wine industry, the Chateau Tum-bleweed Winery and Tasting Room serves wine sourced from local vineyards seven days a week in their Clarkdale location. On Saturdays, the winery has an extra chill vibe with 60s dance parties on the patio and a farm-to-table food truck in the parking lot. The owners are regulars at Arizona wine festivals where they can be found filling glasses and sporting their branded apparel. Chateau Tumbleweed also has its own multi-level wine club which offers members-only access to special events and select wines.
1151 West State Route 89a, Clarkdale, AZ, Phone: 928-634-0443
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Coronado Vineyards’ tasting and tapas lounge in the Willcox wine region offers a selection of wines ranging from sweet dessert wines to spicy Syrah. If you’ve worked up a hunger hiking in the Coronado National Forest or traveling along the Wines of Willcox trail, you’ll appreciate their tapas trays with inventive appetizers such as bacon-wrapped quail and stuffed dates. Their lounge and gift shop are open seven days a week. Tourists visiting Willcox for their semi-annual wine festivals can also enjoy Coronado Vineyards’ exemplary vintages while browsing the selec-tion of arts and crafts at the vendor booths in Railroad Park.
2909 East Country Club Drive, Wilcox, AZ, Phone: 520-384-2993
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Kief-Joshua Vineyards has two locations in Arizona’s wine country. While guests at their new lo-cation in Willcox are invited to be part of their public wine tastings, visitors to the Elgin location also have the option of scheduling a private tasting, a tour of the vineyard, and even an overnight stay in their AirBnB-listed property. Private wine tasting experiences include Wine Sense! in which participants learn to distinguish between different flavors and aromas, and Wine Tasting 101 which focuses on the techniques used when sampling wine. Guests are also welcome to join their wine club to receive free tastings and invitations to special events.
370 Elgin Road, Elgin, AZ, Phone: 520-455-5582
12.Alcantara Vineyards and Winery
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Sustainable farming is a priority at Alcantara Vineyards, where their wines are produced with the environment in mind. The soil and climate where the Verde River meets Oak Creek is similar to that of the wine-growing regions of France and Italy from where the owners draw their inspira-tion. Winery tours include information about how the grapes are grown and processed to make the thirteen varietals offered at Alcantara’s weekly tastings. Membership in their wine club in-cludes free tastings and tours, discounts on their products and events, access to their private beaches, and priority access to limited edition and reserve wines.
3445 South Grapevine Way, Cotton, AZ, Phone: 928-639-8463
13.Granite Creek Vineyards
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This picturesque winery and vineyard in Chino Valley is considered to be one of the best sites for a wedding in Arizona, but its reputation as an exclusive venue doesn’t keep it from being a down-to-earth place for visitors to try their certified organic wines or have a bite to eat from their light lunch menu. Saturday afternoons in the spring, summer, and fall find guests sipping glasses of handcrafted wine to the sounds of local musicians playing on a stage on the lawn. Other special events where customers can taste their limited production vintages are held throughout the year.
2515 North Road 1 East, Chino Valley, AZ, Phone: 928-636-2003
14.Javelina Leap Vineyard, Winery & Bistro
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Javelina Leap is a boutique winery in historic Page Springs. Every step of the winemaking is done on-site under the direction of a husband-and-wife team who are among the best in the state at their craft. Their sustainably farmed vineyards produce high quality, organic wine with a supe-rior taste that has earned them many accolades. Tasting flights served in their western-style sa-loon can be paired with specialty truffles or raw, organic cheese. Guests with heartier appetites can ask to be seated in the Arizona Room or outside on the patio for a light meal accompanied by wine or their famous Javelina Sangria.
1565 North Page Springs Road, Cornville, AZ, Phone: 928-649-2681
15.Keeling Schaefer Vineyards Wilcox Tasting Room
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Arizona’s unique climate is similar to that of southern France where Rhône wine originated. Keel-ing Schaefer’s version of Rhône-inspired wine is produced and bottled on their estate in Willcox Wine Country and served in a historic bank building in downtown Willcox. Anyone (provided they are of legal drinking age, of course) can sample their wines in this unique building, but visits to the vineyard are reserved for club members and private groups. Keeling Schaefer offers a dis-count on their wine tastings to guests who bring in a glass from any of the wineries that partici-pate in this reciprocal program.
154 North Railroad Avenue, Wilcox, AZ, Phone: 520-766-0600
16.Oak Creek Vineyards & Winery
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Visitors to this ten-acre vineyard on the Page Springs leg of the Verde Valley Wine Trail will en-joy its laid-back atmosphere. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a “happy hour” at the tail end, Oak Creek’s tasting room serves wine available exclusively on-site and through their Wine Club. Those who want to take their food and drinks to go can delve into their deli case for picnic supplies that pair perfectly with their reds and whites. Be sure to check out their boutique where they stock a curated collection of wine-related gifts and accessories.
1555 North Page Springs Road, Cornville, AZ, Phone: 928-649-0290
17.Page Springs Cellars
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Page Springs Cellars is more than just a winery. Not only do they participate in community events and host live music performances, they also offer on-site massage, yoga, and hoop dancing sessions as well as guided tours of their winery and House Mountain vineyard. Wine en-thusiasts who stop by their bistro can enjoy a glass (or a bottle) with a chef-prepared meal, or order from their picnic menu and take it to go. Their tasting room menu features several flight options including a complimentary flight for guests who join their Wine Club. Page Springs Cel-lars is open year-round and can be booked for private events.
1500 North Page Springs Road, Cornville, AZ, Phone: 928-639-3004
18.Salvatore Vineyards Tasting Room
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Salvatore Vineyards serves their award-winning wines from their intimate tasting room in down-town Scottsdale. This family-owned business grows their own grapes as well as sources some from other Arizona vineyards to create their single varietals and unique blends. Out-of-town guests can request to have their purchases shipped home for their convenience. Passion Cellars and Salvatore Vineyards labels are also available through their wine clubs and at select restau-rants in Arizona. Part of the Scottsdale Wine Trail, they partner with three other local wineries to host special events like wine scavenger hunts and holiday celebrations throughout the year.
7064 Avenue East 5th, Scottsdale, AZ, Phone: 480-423-2901
19.Arizona Hops and Vines
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Arizona Hops and Vines’s motto is “Great wine and good times,” and neither is in short supply at this quirky winery in Santa Cruz County. Their selection of wines from Caberet to Chardonnay are paired with complimentary Cheetos and all-around good cheer. This family owned and oper-ated establishment is also family friendly. Kids are welcome to feed the farm animals or play a game of horseshoes, corn hole, or tetherball. During special events, they can hang out in the So-ber Shack where a variety of kid-approved drinks and snacks are available. Tasting hours begin at 10 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
3450 AZ-82, Sonoita, AZ, Phone: 301-237-6556
Sonoita Vineyards is the oldest commercial winery in the state and has consistently produced critically acclaimed wines for over thirty-five years. Created in small batches from regional grapes, their robust wines are served in their spacious tasting room with indoor and outdoor seat-ing. Daily wine tastings are offered in a flight of five along with information about each wine shared by Sonoita’s friendly and knowledgeable staff. Lunch is served by a neighboring catering company most Saturdays and you can enjoy their wine with food from local vendors at many area festivals. Sonoita Vineyards also sells their wine at retail locations throughout Arizona.
290 Elgin Canelo Road, Elgin, AZ, Phone: 520-455-5893
21.The Windmill Winery
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The Windmill Winery sits on the grounds of a former brickyard whose bricks were incorporated into the design of the repurposed property. Today it does double duty as a premier winery and event venue, hosting weekly tastings, live music performances, comedy nights, corporate func-tions, and full-scale weddings. No matter what kind of event draws you to The Windmill Winery, you’re sure to enjoy their signature wines and beautifully landscaped grounds. A membership to their Wise Wine Club makes a great gift to commemorate any special occasion. Recipients will have priority access to newly released wines and other exclusive perks.
1140 West Butte Avenue, Florence, AZ, Phone: 520-858-6050
22.Rancho Rossa Vineyards & Rescued Hearts Cellars
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Rancho Rossa is a vineyard with a heart of gold. Not only do they produce great wine, they sup-port the Santa Cruz Humane Society by donating 50% of the proceeds from every bottle of Pound Hound Cabernet Sauvignon purchased. They also make donations to other organizations and host monthly rescue events at the vineyard. In addition to all their efforts on behalf of ani-mals, they grow their own grapes and serve them at tastings every Friday, Saturday, and Sun-day. Though they specialize in dry varietals, they also offer some sweet blends like their Sweet Emotion dessert wine which can be purchased on-site or online.
201 Cattle Ranch Lane, Elgin, AZ, Phone: 520-455-0700
23.The Grand Canyon Wine Co
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If you’re taking a road trip along Route 66, be sure to stop by The Grand Canyon Wine Co. in downtown Williams, Arizona. They’ve partnered with the Historic Brewing company to offer both wine and craft beer flights in their tasting room which is open every day of the week. Be sure to try a can (yes, a can) of their wine and pull out a board game to play while you savor the unique taste created from locally-sourced grapes. This family-owned business also hosts monthly paint-ing events and stocks a small supply of branded merchandise including t-shirts and can Koozies.
138 West Route 66, Williams, AZ, Phone: 928-649-2681
24.Winery 101 Peoria
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The owners of Winery 101 in Peoria have a special place in their heart for lefties since they are both left-handed themselves. They even named one of their labels in honor of southpaws. Try their Southpaw Cellars or Gallifant Cellars labels at their lofted tasting room near the University of Phoenix. This light-filled space is not only great for sampling wine, but also for community gatherings and private events. Stop by for live music performances on Friday and Saturday nights or book a spot at one of their Sunday afternoon Paint Nites. Join their membership club to receive complimentary tastings and special event invites.
9299 West Olive Avenue, Suite 101, Peoria, AZ, Phone: 623-242-0340
25.Arizona Stronghold Vineyards
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Let Arizona Stronghold Vineyards wine and dine you on your next trip to Cottonwood. Pair a tast-ing flight of five wines with tapas, cheese plates, skewers, or dessert from their kitchen. While some of their wines are available exclusively in their tasting room, others can be shipped to your home as an individual order or as part of the quarterly shipments you receive with your member-ship in the Archive Club. While they are open daily, Live Music Fridays are especially popular with the locals. Other off-site events where you can try their private label wine include local festi-vals, tours, and trips.
1023 North Main Street Old Town Cottonwood, Cottonwood, AZ, Phone: 928-639-2789
25 Best Arizona Wineries
- Callaghan Vineyards, Photo: Callaghan Vineyards
- Pillsbury Wine Company & Vineyard, Photo: Pillsbury Wine Company & Vineyard
- Zarpara Vineyard, Photo: Photo credit: David Arbuthnot
- Flying Leap Vineyards & Distillery, Photo: Rostislav Sedlacek/stock.adobe.com
- Dos Cabezas WineWorks, Photo: Dos Cabezas WineWorks
- Cellar 433, Photo: Cellar 433
- Carlson Creek Vineyard, Scottsdale Tasting Room, Photo: Carlson Creek Vineyard, Scottsdale Tasting Room
- Charron Vineyards, Photo: Charron Vineyards
- Chateau Tumbleweed Winery & Tasting Room, Photo: exclusive-design/stock.adobe.com
- Coronado Vineyards, Photo: Coronado Vineyards
- Kief-Joshua Vineyards, Photo: Kief-Joshua Vineyards
- Alcantara Vineyards and Winery, Photo: Alcantara Vineyards and Winery
- Granite Creek Vineyards, Photo: Granite Creek Vineyards
- Javelina Leap Vineyard, Winery & Bistro, Photo: Javelina Leap Vineyard, Winery & Bistro
- Keeling Schaefer Vineyards Wilcox Tasting Room, Photo: Keeling Schaefer Vineyards Wilcox Tasting Room
- Oak Creek Vineyards & Winery, Photo: Oak Creek Vineyards & Winery
- Page Springs Cellars, Photo: Page Springs Cellars
- Salvatore Vineyards Tasting Room, Photo: Salvatore Vineyards Tasting Room
- Arizona Hops and Vines, Photo: Josh Ross/stock.adobe.com
- Sonoita Vineyards, Photo: Fran/stock.adobe.com
- The Windmill Winery, Photo: The Windmill Winery
- Rancho Rossa Vineyards & Rescued Hearts Cellars, Photo: Rancho Rossa Vineyards & Rescued Hearts Cellars
- The Grand Canyon Wine Co, Photo: The Grand Canyon Wine Co
- Winery 101 Peoria, Photo: Winery 101 Peoria
- Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, Photo: Arizona Stronghold Vineyards
- Cover Photo: peshkov/stock.adobe.com