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Wine has been produced in the state of Arizona for centuries. As is the story with California and other states in the Southwestern US, vineyards were first planted by Spanish missionaries making sacramental wine. But wine production never gained much momentum, and the Prohibition and Depression put the kibosh on what little there was of it for decades. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the Arizona wine industry began an earnest growth. 

For the most part, Arizona is just too hot and dry to grow grapes with a long enough ripening season to produce decent wines. But locations with higher elevations and cooler temperatures have a chance at better grape balance and quality wines. For this reason, most of Arizona’s wineries are concentrated in these areas. The state’s only AVA, Sonoita, covers a large area in the southeast corner of the state, in the valleys at the slopes of the Santa Rita, Huachuca, and Whetsone mountains. In addition to the higher altitudes, this area also has free Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Arizona View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Grigio

    History of the grape: Pinot Gris was planted in Burgundy, France as far back as the 1300s. It then spread through Eur...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

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Popular Wineries in Arizona View all

  • Dos Cabezas WineWorks

    Dos Cabezas WineWorks is a family-owned and operated winery that challenges the perception that A...

  • Kokopelli Winery

    Hello and Greetings from the Kokopelli Winery and Bistro here in Historic downtown Chandler. We a...

  • Echo Canyon Vineyard & Winery

    Once upon a time .....about 100 years ago, Echo Canyon was the site of a farm that produced fruit...

  • Callaghan Vineyards

    My parents (Harold and Karen) and I planted our Buena Suerte Vineyard in May/June of 1990. Our pl...

  • Colibri Vineyard & Winery

    The Arch My wife Mickey and I were looking for a retreat from our busy lives with stressful profe...

  • Sonoita Vineyards

    The oldest commercial vineyard in the region, Sonoita Vineyards opened in 1983 and now includes ...

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Arizona on Snooth

  • Great article! I love too love touring the Arizona wine regions and wineries. One hint - bring along the Arizona Wine Travel Card with you. It has saved me a lot of $$ and is easy to use. You can find it here: http://az.winetravelcard.com

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  • Ok, sucker that I am, I got lured back into the 5-cent sale at Bev Mo.  ... into other areas of CA and Arizona, as I understand.  Wilfred Wong, a local wine judge and critic, is their "cellar master".  I have LOATHED his reviews, especially when it comes to his role as "cellar master" of a chain that deals in distributed, often mass-produced w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic WHEN will I EVER learn?!?!


  • Arizona Stronghold Mandala 2010

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    Very nice red. Pairs great with small storms, granite counters and hardwood floors. Very well may have soothed the Owl from "highly pissed" down to "terribly annoyed". Read More

    Wine review by Mosca


  • My friends moved recently to Phoenix, so on my first visit there, we ventured ... some of the wine country in Arizona.  I wasn't able to get notes from every winery, but the ones I did are included here.  Some tasty surprises and some are near Sedona, which is a beautiful destination to visit.We began at Alcantara Vineyard.  Nice property with... Read More

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  • Freitas Vineyard Petite Sirah 2008

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    Spice and dark fruits on the nose. Some funk aromas. Great structure and silky tannins and loads of dark fruit. Nice wine.88 pts.10/31/12 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Freitas Vineyard Ray's Red 2008

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    Lush red nose. Cherry and strawberry aromas. Cherries and a hint of currant on the palate with a light mint quality.87 pts.10/31/12 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Freitas Vineyard Sangiorose 2010

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    Flavors of watermelon and light red fruit. Crisp, dry and nice. Creamy texture.84 pts.10/31/12 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Freitas Vineyard Malvasia Bianca 2010

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    Very aromatic with white flowers jumping form the glass. Luscious, exotic fruit flavors on the palate. Nicely balanced acid and a lasting finish. Nice.86 pts.10/31/12 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Dionysian Cellars Barbera 2010

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    Lots of clove and purple fruit on the nose. Flavors of clove, nutmeg and light red fruits. Mouth filling and rich. Purple flavors also. Good acid. Suited for pasta.86 pts.10/31/12 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Javelina Leap Legacy Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2011

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    88 pts. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Javelina Leap Barbera 2011

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    Funk on the nose. Lots of boysenberry aromas. Flavors of complex spice and light pepper. Good acid, big and lush wine. Nice boysenberry and finishes pretty. 87 pts.10/31/12 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • And if you like lighter reds, Page Springs has released a wonderful light red that is 100% counoise. It is absolutely wonderful. My husband's favorite is their El Serrano which is a BIG red :)

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  • I definitely recommend Page Springs Cellars. We got engaged up there and have since become members of their wine release. They are getting better and better with each bottle. Glomski and Maynard have definitely put AZ on the map with Page Springs, Merkin/Caduceus, and Arizona Stronghold! All three are wonderful wine producers!

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