Wine has had its roots in Arizona since the 1600s but it didn’t become prominent in the Grand Canyon State until the 1970s. Today, Arizona boasts more than 120 wineries and tasting rooms across the state and has become a must-stop for tourists and sommeliers alike!
Most of Arizona’s vineyards are located just southeast of Tucson in the Sonoita and Willcox AVAs (American Viticultural Areas). With climate and soil comparable to that of California and Argentina, these vineyards account for 85% of Arizona’s grapes, producing award-winning varietals of Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Merlot.
Journey north and you’ll find the wine country of Verde Valley. Nicknamed “Little Napa”, this part of the state is rich in history, beauty, and boasts an exquisite selection of skillfully crafted wines. The Verde Valley Wine Trail is perfect for anyone looking to escape the desert with breathtaking views of Arizona’s last free flowing river encompassed by towering red buttes that carve out the valley.
Arizona wine is a pleasant surprise in the landlocked desert. Get out there and see for yourself just what Arizona has to offer! We promise you won’t be disappointed!
Blog by: Ryan