Sedona's Finest Wineries: A Guide for Beginners

Though touring wineries may not be high on your list of Sedona things to do, but the area is quickly gaining prominence as a producer of warm weather grape favorites like Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet. Dry, hot summers and rich volcanic soils make Sedona and surrounding cities Page Springs and Cornville the heart of Arizona’s growing wine industry, and a great day trip from your Sedona inn.

Echo Canyon Vineyard and Winery
P.O. Box 10411
Sedona, AZ 86339

928.634.8122
www.echocanyonwinery.com

Situated just 10 minutes from Sedona, this vineyard’s property is connected to Oak Creek, allowing for irrigation from pure mountain waters. Using biodynamic farming practices and traditional open top fermenters, Echo Canyon produces small runs of limited production wines. There are no scheduled wine tasting hours here, so contact the winery before visiting.

Javalina Leap Vineyards & Winery
1565 Page Springs Road
Cornville, AZ 86325
(928) 649-2681
www.javelinaleapwinery.com

Located in the historic valley of Page Springs, Javalina Leap has a daily tasting room open from 11 am to 5 pm overlooking its lush scenery below on Oak Creek. Founded by longtime Arizona residents (and husband and wife duo) Rod and Cynthia Snapp, Javalina Leap features a medley of wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Sangiovese and Zinfandel.

Page Springs Cellars
1500 North Page Springs Road
Cornville, AZ 86325
(928) 639 - 3004
www.pagespringscellars.com

A unique site, the Page Spring Cellars is nestled near the bottom of the House Mountain volcano and is a scenic trip from your Sedona bed and breakfast. Here the leader of the band Tool, Maynard Keenan, along with Page Springs’ vintner Eric Glomski, create memorable red and white wines, including Petite Syrah, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre for the Caduceus Cellars label. The Page Springs Cellars label has many notable wines, mainly using the varietals from Southern Rhone, and features an estate vineyard, as well as several off-site vineyards. The tasting room here is open from 11 am to 6 pm daily.

Alcantara Vineyards
3445 South Grapevine Way
Verde Valley, AZ
(928) 649-8463
www.alcantaravineyard.com

The first winery located on the Verde River, Alcantara Vineyards one of the largest vineyards in the state. The tasting room here is open from 11 am to 5 pm and visitors can explore the winery's 12 different varietals. Located on 87 acres of picturesque sloping terrain, this family run winery features a Tuscan-style farmhouse as its tasting room. There's an additional cost for it, but BBonline recommends the thorough vineyard and winery tours.

Granite Creek Vineyard
2515 Road 1 East
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
(928) 636-2003
www.granitecreekvineyards.com

Situated at 4,600 feet in the city of Chino Valley, the Granite Creek Vineyard makes 100% Certified Organic wines without using any added sulfites. Its tasting room is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm. The vineyard here is one of the oldest in the area, established in 1974. Featuring a wide range of reds and whites, Granite Creek has received many awards for its concord, zinfandel and chardonnay wines.

Sedona is a tranquil destination for a trip to Arizona, and BBonline suggests stopping by any one of these wineries as a great compliment to your vacation. Stop by one of these spots and taste all that Arizona’s unique growing conditions have to offer.