Is Arizona the new Napa Valley? According to travelers—yes. The state has slowly garnered a reputation for being a prime destination for wineries. Believe it or not, many wine masters have actually found the warmer climate to be helpful in maintaining the growth of their vineyards. Whether you’re planning a girl’s trip or are looking to get an authentic taste of the southwest, there are a handful of can’t-miss vineyards that should be added to your travel agenda. Here are five of Arizona’s very best, according to locals:
Charron Vineyards is regarded as one of Arizona’s oldest vineyards. With years of experience under their belt, the team at Charron has managed to perfect the upkeep and maintenance of their grapes—and the proof is in the taste. The vineyard is located 30 minutes outside of Tucson, so the next time you find yourself galavanting through southern Arizona, stop by Charron Vineyards to indulge in a glass of wine and take in pristine views of the Santa Rita mountains. For more information, visit www.charronvineyards.com.
Arizona Stronghold Vineyards
Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, located near Cottonwood, serves up incomparable glasses of wine along with delicious food packages—including a diverse range of meats and cheeses, which compliment their homegrown vino perfectly. For more information, visit www.azstronghold.com.
Page Springs Cellars
Wine masters at Page Springs Cellars have garnered a reputation for their impeccable service and the intricate growth of their grapes. The Cornville winery create wines that are expressive of the high desert character that constructs the Arizona landscape, making them a must-visit to get a truly authentic taste of the southwest. For more information, visit www.pagespringscellars.com.
Dos Cabezas WineWorks
Dos Cabezas WineWorks is considered to be a staple of Sonoita Valley, thanks to its wide and unique selections of wines. The taste of their vino even has international appeal. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Dos Cabezas Wineworks produced a 2009 El Campo that was named one of the top 100 wines of 2012. For more information, visit www.doscabezas.com.
Arizona Hops and Vines
Not only does Arizona Hops and Vines feature a delicious tasting menu, it now also has a brewery on location as well. The Sonoita destination is a popular destination for events, so before you visit, be sure to review what festivities they have to make the most out of your adventure. For more information, visit www.azhopsandvines.com.