Arizona is home to some gorgeous and tasty wineries. From the northern part of the state to the southern part and in between, these vineyards offer some homegrown, delicious wines.
Arizona Stronghold Winery
Arizona Stronghold Winery is one of the most popular wineries in Northern Arizona. It is in a beautiful location and a perfect spot to escape the heat during the summer months. It was founded in 2007 to help put Arizona on the wine map and it worked. They believe that wine doesn’t have to be expensive and offers a great experience. Plus, the tasting room in Cottonwood is only a short drive from the Valley and worth the trip. The 2011 ASV Dala Chardonnay is a true, 100% chardonnay at a great price. Also, the 2013 ASV Nachise is a yummy choice that is a unique blend of blackberries, mint and juniper. It also has a hint of oak with a long finish. Check out full list of wines at http://www.azstronghold.com/.
Zarpara Vineyard is about 15 miles south of the southern town of Wilcox. The winery has a beautiful and peaceful outdoor terrace where guests can enjoy a picnic while sipping wine and gazing at the scenic desert view. The winery and tasting room have been opened since 2012 and it is just getting started. They offer many types of wines but the following sparked my interest. Their Viognier 2013 is a classic blend of florals and fruit and their Mosaico is a tasty red wine with a Tuscany blend. But their Zinfandel 2012 is amazing and is traditional zinfandel that is bold with black currant. Check out more of their wines at http://www.zarpara.com/.
Sonoita Vineyards is an award winning winery also located in Southern Arizona. It was founded back in 1983 and offers all types of wine from crisp and fruity to bold and smooth. It happens to be the oldest commercial winery in Arizona with over 50 acres of vineyard. It is located in the town of Elgin, just south of Tucson. The vineyard offers views of beautiful grasslands and a great experience. Their sweet wine has a hint of peach and is called Sparkles Peach. It is a great dessert wine. They also have a Pinot Noir that is rich and full of black cherry and raspberry. This one is extremely delicious and a typical dry red wine with a fruity taste. The Angel Wings is a wine made of nectarines and apple. It is a light, crisp white wine that goes great with cheese and fruit. More information can be found at https://sonoitavineyards.com/.