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Did you know you don’t even have to leave the state of Arizona to visit incredible wineries? Northern Arizona actually has its own wine country, located in between Flagstaff and Sedona. You can expect to try some wonderful Cabarets and Chardonnays from the various Arizona vineyards. As it turns out, the elevation and climate in Northern Arizona are ideal for growing grapes, as the days are often warmer with cooler evenings.
Visit the Verde Valley Wine Trail
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Drive two hours north of Scottsdale, and you will find yourself in the Verde Valley wine region. You have many choices when it comes to deciding which wineries to visit in this area. To make things easy, you can follow the Verde Valley Wine Trail, which includes a helpful map of all the wineries in the region. Currently there are over two dozen wineries, spread across 450 miles.
Cottonwood, Arizona sits in the heart of the Verde Valley Wine Trail and is a beautiful town named for the type of tree that grows along the Verde River. While the town was once a sleepy farming community, now you will find it’s an idyllic spot for wine tastings. Many of the wine tasting locations are just a short drive from historic downtown Cottonwood, which is a fun place to visit and feel like you have gone back in time.
Enjoy a tasting at Page Springs Cellars
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Page Springs Cellar is known for their small batch sizes, sustainably produced wines, and their community-driven focus.Take the 90 minute guided tour of Page Springs Cellar, where you get to learn about the history and culture of the winery, in addition to getting to try five tastes of award-winning wines. The tour allows you access to areas of the grounds that are not available to the general public.
In addition to the wine tastings on the property, Page Springs offers opportunities for a full mind, body, and spirit retreat. You can schedule both individual and couples massages year-round at their Massage Sala. The massages take place outside in the sun next to the creek during the warmer months of the year. Visitors get a choice between therapeutic and Thai massage styles.
It is recommended that you make a reservation for a massage in advance of your arrival to guarantee availability.
You can also work on your yoga practice on the vineyard grounds as well. Visitors have the opportunity to schedule private group yoga sessions, the perfect activity for a trip with friends. The yoga class is conducted creekside at the bottom of the vineyard. It costs $80 for a private one-hour session, and you can bring up to 15 guests in total.
Another unexpected option at Page Springs Cellar is their hoop dancing experience! All levels are encouraged to join, and an instructor will walk you through a very fun 30 minute class guaranteed to make you smile.
Experience a Pink Jeep Tour Before the Wine Tasting
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When you have a full itinerary of wine drinking scheduled, it is ideal to outsource your transportation to someone else! Not only do you not have to worry about navigating to the vineyard, but it allows everyone in your group to enjoy the wineries responsibly. One of the iconic modes of transportation in Sedona is the pink jeeps that you will see all over the city. Turns out, you can also take a Pink Jeep tour out to the vineyards!
The jeep allows you to enjoy unobstructed views of some of Sedona’s best landmarks on your drive. The Jeeps all have retractable roofs as well, allowing you the option to soak in the fresh air on your ride.
The Pink Jeep will take you on a unique and scenic tour of the area before dropping you off at Page Springs Cellars, or another one of the vineyards in the area. From there you can enjoy your wine tastings and get the full experience learning about the wine-making process. You can finish off your day with a picnic at the vineyard before the Jeep will take you back to Sedona!
Stay the Night at the Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek
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If you are looking for the perfect place to stay after a long day of wine tastings, look no further than Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek. This beautiful property is located right outside of Sedona, and offers you an unforgettable stay in one of their seventeen cozy cabins. Orchard Canyon is an idyllic setting, filled with apple orchards and gardens set on ten acres of land.
All of their rates include continental breakfast and a three-course farm-to-table dinner that they will deliver to your cabin each evening. You can also enjoy sipping cocktails out on the peaceful lawn in the evenings. With Orchard Canyon situated away from the hustle and bustle of Sedona’s downtown, it’s the perfect spot to relax and unwind.
Check Out Javelina Leap Vineyard, Winery, & Bistro
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One of the most well-known wineries in the Verde Valley is Javelina Leap. This is a family operated boutique winery known for their award winning blends.
At Javelina Leap, you get to sample wines from a fully functional vineyard that completely harvests all their grapes on the premises. They have both an indoor and outdoor tasting room, and visitors get to pick their wine selections, which are served as a wine flight. If you are looking for a snack while you eat, they also serve charcuterie boards that perfectly compliment the wine.
In addition, you can take a tour of the Javelina Leap winemaking facility and barrel room. Many visitors note that the decor at Javelina Leap really sets the vineyard apart from others in the area.
Sip Wine at Alcantara Vineyard
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Your next vineyard stop should be at Alcantara Vineyards, which has over 20,000 vines and 17 different variations of wine. Their vineyards are situated on a very peaceful plot of land right off of the Verde River. If you love the wine you try there, you can become an Alcantara Vineyards member and receive six free tastings a year in addition to priority access to their special reserve bottles.
Grab Lunch or Dinner at Cork and Catch
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All of that wine tasting is sure to work up a hearty appetite! After a long day of wine and soaking in the beautiful vineyard atmosphere, you are sure to be ready for a hearty meal. If you decide to stay out in Cottonwood to dine, visit Cork and Catch, which offers a variety of Southwestern and American inspired cuisine.
When you think of Arizona, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not vineyards and wineries. However, the northern Arizona climate and the area around the Verde Valley prove to be exceptional for winemaking. The next time you are in the mood for a fun outing, head a few hours north to transport yourself far away from the desert and experience the luxurious rolling hills of Arizona’s wine country.