Verde Valley Wine
Arizona’s Little Napa Valley
The Verde Valley Wine country invites wine enthusiasts to experience an area rich in history, beauty, and the production of exquisite Arizona wines. There are six Arizona wineries and 12 tasting rooms in the Verde Valley wine region that offer a variety of skillfully crafted wines to satisfy anyones pallet. Every Verde Valley winery has its own unique personality and distinct wines for visitors to discover at each stop along the Verde Valley Wine Trail. Visit the great wineries and tasting rooms nestled in the red rock countryside and lush canyons surrounding Cottonwood, Jerome, Sedona, Clarkdale, and Cornville.
Page Springs Wineries
In a beautiful volcanic canyon only a half hours drive west from Sedona is the beautiful little town of Page Springs where there are vineyards along beautiful Oak Creek and 3 Verde Valley wineries: Javelina Leap Winery, Oak Creek Vineyards and Page Springs Cellars. Grapes that grow well here are cabernet, syrah, mouvedre, zinfandel, cabernet franc, merlot, malvasia and others. The winery tasting rooms offer sumptuous flights of their estate wines and knowledgeable staff that will provide details and history of the wineries.
Old Town Cottonwood Wine Tasting Rooms
As we proceed west through the Verde Valley, Old Town Cottonwood is our next stop. Here are the tasting rooms of Arizona Stronghold, Pillsbury Winery, and Burning Tree Winery. The quaint historic street here offers these great wines to taste as well as great restaurants, cafes, shops and more.
Jerome’s Wine Tasting Rooms
Last but not least is the historic mining town of Jerome. Once a booming copper mine provided work for 15,000 miners. The town has a colorful past and is now a mecca for artists and restauranteurs from around the world. Here we have 5 more tasting rooms representing Arizonas’ best wineries. Caduceus Cellars is one of the favorites. Owned by Maynard Keenan, a well known musician (lead singer for the bands Tool and Perfect Circle), he has produced stellar wines from his vineyards in Page Springs and Jerome. The tasting room is skillfully designed and close to the galleries and bars on the main street. Here we also have the Jerome Winery, Bitter Creek Winery, and Echo Canyon tasting rooms which all have their unique charm and exceptional wines.
Verde Valley Wine, Arizona’s Little Napa Valley?
Recently the Wall Street Journal stated that the Verde Valley was the up and coming “little Napa”. Arizona is being recognized as having great growing regions for wine and the next few years will see a rapid growth in the industry here. Just in the last year over 6 new wineries have sprouted up. If you have not had the opportunity yet, now would be a wonderful time to visit Sedona and the Verde Valley, take in the unique scenery, experience the local culture, indulge in a glass of Arizona wine.