Most people don't think of Arizona as a place where good wine comes from but fortunately
Arizona's image as a desert only is slowly changing.
There is much more to Arizona than the
Grand Canyon, ranches and cactuses. The humble grape is making itself into quite a
celebrity in diverse places such as Sedona, Elgin, Jerome, Cornville and Benson.
Arizona's rich diversity of climate and topography have allowed grape growers the
opportunity create a foothold in some of the most unlikely wine country in the U.S.
Arizona has long been an under appreciated agricultural producer. Besides the
cotton and citrus it's famous for, Arizona produces many grain crops, as well as
a viable dairy industry. Arizona's strong agricultural tradition is not well known,
and what most people don't know is that the soil and climate in several locations
in the state provide ideal conditions for numerous kinds of grape. After all, wasn't
it in the Mediterranean that winemaking originally flourished? Dry warm conditions
are perfectly acceptable to many grapes, and Arizona climate certainly has provided that.
Arizona an excellent place to visit not only for a wine country getaway but also for
the opportunity to see the natural rugged beauty of the state. You can visit the
Sedona area, which has several wineries in close proximity to the stunning red rock views.
Hundreds of thousands of people make the short drive annually from Phoenix just to see Sedona itself.
It is an enchanting place to visit, and adding stops to local vineyards will only enhance the your trip.
Bed and Breakfasts are plentiful and unique, there are many local artisans, and wonderful eateries and
you will certainly not lack for things to see and do. Echo Canyon Vineyards, Jerome Winery, and Oak
Creek Vineyard are all part of the Northern Trail of Arizona Vineyards. There are many more being planned.
If you visit the Southern Trail of Arizona wine country, you will have to hit the Sonoita Vineyards,
the vineyard that made winemaking happen in Arizona. Just southeast of Tucson, the area boosts
numerous vineyards, and also boasts some of the most popular wines to come out of Arizona.
Many wines of the area have been honored nationally and internationally! The southeast
Trail is also the home to the "Island in the Sky"; a wonderfully unique and spiritual
land where rock rises out of the ground in breathtaking spires and bluffs.