The Verde Valley Wine Trail in Northern Arizona is wondrously full of wineries and hosts eight exquisite wine tasting rooms to quench the thirst of visiting wine enthusiasts. The wine trail takes visitors through a taste bud extravaganza, with multiple crafted wines to choose from as well as an insight into the rich history of and production processes for Arizonian wine. This wine trail is quite popular with tourists who pass through Cottonwood and many stop off to check out the vineyards’ richness, making this a great destination for wine lovers.

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The vineyards are some of the most popular attractions in Arizona, and the past 9 years have seen a tremendous growth in wineries and vineyards, stretching across communities like Clarkdale, Camp Verde, Jerome, Sedona, and Cottonwood. The wineries have received numerous awards for their distinct style and tastes, boosting their popularity. There are seven separate wineries: Chateau Tumbleweed, D.A. Ranch, Page Spring Cellars, Clear Creek Winery, Alcantra Vineyards, Oak Creek Vineyards, and Javelina Leap Valleys. The Alcantara Vineyards is said to be one of the biggest in the central and northern parts of Arizona. It has 12 varietals and 13,000 vines and their harvesting period is usually between September and August. The other vineyards have partnerships with neighboring estates and family-operated businesses and there are several wine tasting rooms that give a taste of what Verde Valley has to offer: Passion Cellars, Winery 101, Cellar 44 and Fire Mountain Wines have all been met with gleaming accolades.

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Verde Valley has more to offer than just tasting authentic wine. The region brings life to many other fun and care-free activities, such as camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, and kayaking in recreational areas. There are museums to visit that offer an education on the history of Verde and its rumored ghost towns, while the Verde Canyon Railroad boasts a green scenery that provides visitors with stunning views of the valley. The Palaki Ruins and the Honanki Ruins show ancient remnants from tribes like the Apache and include rock art and the 700-year-old ruins themselves. The parks are historical and many are home to a wide variety of wildlife, providing photo opportunities and canoe-bound journeys through lagoons. The Painted Barrels, also nearby, showcases 40 barrels painted by local Verde artists.

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There’s a trail map that can be followed, detailing the distance of each town from Cottonwood as well as the distance between the vineyards. Beers and Spirits are also an option, with the Desert Diamond Distillery being a particularly popular stop-off. Accommodation can be found easily in the nearby Verde Valley, like the Verde Valley Inn or other establishments overlooking the canyons like the Enchantment Resort.

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