Arizona is home to more than 83 licensed and bonded wineries located in three distinct areas throughout the state. Arizona’s high desert produces a climate similar to that of California wine country.
The Sedona area elevation and climate contribute to the success of growing grapes. The desert heat is required for sugar production and the cool nights are important for acid retention. The temperature change allows grapes to develop unique complexity and character.
In addition to quaint wineries, the Sedona area is known for its stunning array of red sandstone formations throughout beautiful evergreen trees. The formations appear to glow a brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun. The Red Rocks form a breathtaking backdrop for visitors, artists, hikers and wine connoisseurs.
Some of the area wineries include:
Page Springs Cellars
Featured in the documentary Blood Into Wine, Page Springs Cellars owner Eric Glomski painstakingly creates some delightful wine blends at this picturesque full production winery nestled next to Oak Creek.
Based in Cottonwood, this full production winery includes a tasting room and Tuscan architecture.
Owned by winemaker Eric Glomski and Maynard Keenan, the front man for the band Tool, Arizona Stronghold is currently the largest producing vineyard in Arizona. Their tasting room can be found in Cottonwood.
Pillsbury Wine Company
The Pillsbury Wine Company tasting room in Cottonwood features wines from grapes grown 200 miles southeast of Phoenix. The vineyard and winery are owned by New Zealand film director Sam Pillsbury, known for the movie Free Willie 3.
Caduceus / Merkin Vineyard
Tool lead singer Maynard Keenan considers his Caduceus wines works of art. His award winning wines can be sampled at the Jerome tasting room.
Bitter Creek Winery
With vineyards in southeastern Arizona, the Jerome based tasting room for Bitter Creek features uniquely labeled award winning wines.
Javelina Leap Vineyard and Winery
Owners Rod and Cynthia Snapp hand craft superlative wines on this 10 acre estate vineyard in beautiful Page Springs.
Oak Creek Vineyards and Winery
Established in 2002, Oak Creek Vineyards produce some of the area’s best selections including some outstanding dessert wines. The vineyard and inviting tasting room are located in Page Springs.