Wine in Sedona Verde ValleyIf you’re a nature lover but also know how to appreciate a good glass of wine, look no further than Arizona’s Sedona Verde Valley for your next tasting adventure. When making wine, it is essential to have a microclimate that allows the grapes to deliver their best juice after the harvest. The Verde Valley’s combination of a dry, arid climate, along with drastic temperature changes like warm days and cool nights, is similar to some of the best wine-producing regions of the world. Because the Verde Valley was originally sedimentary rock with volcanic characteristics, the soil helps provide the perfect conditions to grow great-tasting wine. As a result, boutique wineries have been starting to pop-up all over Oak Creek and the Verde River regions.
Wine has become so popular here that Verde Valley has created their very own Wine Trail. The trail has made it easier for visitors to explore the region’s vineyards, linking wineries, tasting rooms and restaurants featuring some of the best wine in the region. There are three regions in Arizona that are good for growing grapes for wine: Sonoita in Santa Cruz County, Willcox in Cochise County, and the Verde Valley in Yavapai County. To view Arizona’s wine map, click here.
There are numerous wineries across the region, so make sure to take advantage of your trip by planning ahead. We recommend Alcantara Vineyards and Winery, tucked in between two rivers, the winery features 13,000 vines and offers 12 different types of wines. There’s also the Southwest Wine Center, at Yavapai College. This is vineyard, winery, and tasting room, is an industry scale teaching vineyard. There are 11 acres filled with different grapes, used as educational tools for the classes the Yavapai College offers. If you’d like a tour of the different vineyards in the area, Wine Tours of Sedona travels to all eight vineyard locations in the Verde Valley region. There are even micro-breweries on the list, for those who prefer beer over wine.
For more recommendations of the Verde Valley region, visit our geotourism site.