Phoenix may be in the desert, but there is more brewing here than fresh tumbleweeds. In fact, winemakers are flocking to the Valley of the Sun, bringing with them a bounty of flavors and unique wine varietals. Why not benefit from the fermented fruit of their labor? Go on a wine tour in the Phoenix area or spend an entire afternoon at one lovely location.
What to Expect on a Guided Wine Tour
Wine tours in Phoenix have several benefits. First and foremost: you don’t have to drive. You’ll get picked up from Phoenix, Scottsdale, or Tempe in a luxury limo or bus and swept away to at least three different wineries. Catered lunch and complimentary water is often included. Your six-hour adventure concludes with a drop-off back home. Tours are a good way to entertain visiting friends and family, or to throw a local pre-wedding event, like a bachelorette celebration.
Whether you choose an organized tour with your friends or you check out a few wineries yourself, you have idyllic options at your fingertips. Sample wine flights while you soak up an arid desert breeze at one of these Arizona wineries:
Windmill Winery: Once the site of the state’s first brick house, the current owners originally bought the property where Windmill Winery stands to expand a plant nursery. Today, the rustic wine tasting room just a short drive south of Phoenix is a mellow place to enjoy good company and try a glass of pinot noir or chardonnay. Also on site is a true oasis in the desert: a manmade lake. You can also rent out two on-site buildings for larger events.
Su Vino Winery: Located in downtown Scottsdale, the Su Vino Winery has a wine list to please any palate. Choose from a broad selection of reds, whites, and dessert wines. The winery boasts quite a few awards under its belt, including Gold for its pinot noir in the 2015 Kingman Wine Competition and Silver for its sparkling Moscato in the 2014 AZ Republic Wine Competition.
LDV Winery: LDV Winery harvests its bounty from a 40-acre winery in the Chiricahua Mountains. They bring their red and white offerings to a tasting room in downtown Scottsdale, where you can swirl and taste their 2014 Viognier, 2012 Grenache, 2012 R.E.D., and more. Full bottles are available for sale on site, and you can also get wine shipped to any address in Arizona.
Kokopelli Winery: The Kokopelli Winery in southeast Tempe was one of Arizona’s first large-scale wine producers. They take pride in their rich history, as well as their attention to producing a profoundly flavorful harvest each year. Using the hot, dry temperatures of day and cool desert nights, Kokopelli Winery produces some of the best Moscato and merlot in the state. Have a seat at their winery and bistro locations in Chandler and Surprise to see what all the fuss is about.
Passion Cellars: If you’re up for an overnight trip, make the drive from PHX to Passion Cellars in southeast Arizona. There you’ll find Passion Cellars at Salvatore Vineyards in Willcox. Sample their harvest in the charming tasting room with views into the barrel room. Try the 2015 Viognier, with hints of peach and starfruit, or get a glass of the 2015 Rosella, which earned the Silver medal at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Whether you’re entertaining snowbirds in town for a few weeks or want to have a special date, Arizona wineries provide the backdrop and juicy goods you need for a good time. Sign up for a tour today or go to downtown Scottsdale and take a little walking tour!