Wineries just minutes away from Sedona Real
Discover what this burgeoning wine region has to offer in Verde Valley, Old Town Cottonwood, and Jerome. It will be a day to remember!
A day exploring the Verde Valley Wine Country starts with a hearty, and complimentary, breakfast at the hotel. While the sausage and scrambled eggs with peppers are always a favorite, I would recommend having a waffle or two, or maybe a bagel with cream cheese, to get the necessary carbs to fuel the trip ahead.
A short drive south on SR 89A, a left turn on Page Springs Road and you are almost immediately removed from Red Rock Canyons into tranquil farm country. Dense stands of cottonwoods line lower Oak Creek, horses stand at fence lines to say hello and vineyards soon appear on the hillsides.
The three wineries here are tightly packed at a bend in the road. First is Javelina Leap, where ebullient owner/winemaker Rod Snapp will happily guide your through a tasting of his award winning zinfandels. Just next door is Oak Creek Vineyards, the original winery in the valley. Try the fume and the port. Across the street is Page Springs Cellars where Eric Glomski has created a wonderful ambiance and excellent wines in the Rhone style. You have to spend some time here tasting, wandering and trying to remember that you are in the high desert of Arizona.
A bit of a side trip will bring you Alcantara Vineyards on SR 260 in Cottonwood. The Tuscan farmhouse on the hill overlooking the vineyards and rolling hills in the distance area harbinger of great things to come, as Barbara Predmore and company lead you through a tasting of their excellent vintages.
If you still have the wherewithal to continue, Old Town Cottonwood is your next stop, with three tasting rooms featuring Arizona Stronghold, Pillsbury and Burning Tree, as well as the Wine Cellar, interspersed with cool antiques, funky clothing and a generally retro vibe. Of course Jerome is just up the hill where you can sample wines from Dionysian and Maynard Keenan’s Caduceous Cellars.
Stop by the concierge desk for a map and all of the information you need to spend a day in our wine country. You might consider making it two days!