When you think about Arizona, wine might not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, Arizona wine makers such as Arizona Stronghold and Pillsbury Wine Company have been making strides in getting Arizona wines on the map. In fact, today there are a dozen vineyards and more than 60 wineries located throughout the state. The best part? Many are just a day trip away from Phoenix.
Tip: If you're looking for a more local stop, sip and sample at Peoria's Winery 101, home to Gallifant Cellars and Southpaw Cellars.
The most concentrated area of wineries in Arizona is located just an hour and a half North of Phoenix in the Verde Valley. Enjoy a day of tasting wines in the picturesque red rocks and canyons that surround Cottonwood, Jerome, Sedona, Clarkdale and Cornville.
Javelina Leap Vineyard
The Sonoita/Elgin area is a beautiful area of Arizona surrounded by national forest about two and a half hours south of Phoenix.
In the far southeast corner of Arizona, just about three hours from Phoenix, you’ll find Willcox, an agricultural area known for apples and autumnal corn mazes and now wine.