Arizona Wineries

By: Cecilia Valenzuela
It's a fact. Most people do not think of wineries in Arizona. Most people think of the Grand Canyon, the beautiful Sonoran desert and maybe more desert. Wine making does not likely enter the mind of most people when they think of the desert southwest.

Those who truly know and understand Arizona know that that wineries in Arizona really are very much a part of the desert southwest. There are many vineyards and wineries throughout the state of Arizona so don't be too concerned about being too far away from the nearest location if you would like to access one of these vineyards.

Most vineyard sites in Arizona are located in the southeast corner of the state, but you will be able to find vineyards literally throughout the state with no problem whatsoever.

If you happen to visit the world-wide known Sedona area, you will also find several vineyards to suit your wine-tasting taste buds throughout the beautiful red rock area that surrounds the area. There you will also find tours and scheduled taste testings several times throughout the week for your convenience. Some of these vineyards are situated a short 10 minute drive from the Sedona valley.

If you are fortunate enough to take a trip to the Southern Trail of Arizona wine country, you will want to make sure you visit the local vineyards that have put Arizona on the wine making map list.

Some of the wines that are produced in this area have been honored nationally and internationally, even by the usually less than impressed French media. The southeast Trail is also the home to the "Island in the Sky," which is a wonderfully unique and spiritual area. If you travel there, you will be able to discover the famous red rock formations that provide you with breathtaking views that will blow you away.

According to the Arizona Wine Grower's Association, the climate and soil studies have shown that the desert in the state resembles the region that is similar to Ribera Del Duero, Southeastern Australia, Spain, and also Southern France. The Arizona Grower's Association also views the Arizona region as a replication of the area located in Paso Robles, California.

Some of the most notable wines can be found in Arizona and include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache, Merlot, Mourvedre/Mataro, Riesling, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah/Shiraz, and Zinfandel.

While there may be more wineries in California as well as other parts of the world, there are some very nice benefits that you will discover while exploring wineries in Arizona. The grapes are grown on mineral rich organic soil which is the perfect recipe for producing some of the most award winning wines.

One of the first things you will probably appreciate right away is the fact that you will not have to deal with the infamous crowds as with other wineries that you may have visited.

A good piece of advice is to remember that you should call ahead at least several days in advance instead of just showing up. Be advised that many of these wineries in AZ offer tours throughout the week by appointment only so it is recommended that you call ahead to confirm your tour.

Arizona's wine country is the choice of many wine lovers because it is closer to home and less expensive than other vineyards.

In the past, Arizona grapes were actually sold to wine makers who lived out of state. Fortunately, that has changed however. The state of Arizona could not be happier to be mentioned with other famous wineries outside the state!

Although you will find locations that take part in wine making, Arizona's primary wine country is considered to be about a three-hour drive that is located south of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

The area is reportedly ideal for wine making and consists of desert grasslands surrounded by approximately 5,000 feet in elevation. Many appreciate the cooler weather, too. It is considerably cooler, boasting summer temperatures that are approximately 10 to 15 degrees cooler than Tucson. The nights offer wine makers the cooler nights that are the ripe element needed for these great tasting wines.
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