Two outstanding Arizona Syrahs recently earned a 90-point rating from Wine Spectator, one of them from a Verde Valley winery just down the road from Enchantment, Page Springs Cellars. If you’re a wine lover or simply curious about Arizona wine, it’s easy to explore the desert mountain river valley of northern Arizona’s wine country. The Verde Valley Wine Trail begins just a few miles from Enchantment Resort, leading to four wineries and six tasting rooms and a trip through beautiful countryside boasting a rich agricultural tradition and ideal growing conditions for grapes: abundant sunshine, dramatic nighttime cool downs and volcanic soil. From Sedona to Cottonwood, Jerome, Clarkdale and Cornville to Camp Verde, you’ll see the entire region.
Three wineries are conveniently clustered nearby and will give you a taste of what all the buzz is about, and why Lonely Planet chose the Verde Valley as one of the “Top 10 U.S. Travel Destinations for 2013” (hint: it’s the wine). Each winery has a distinct personality–Page Springs Cellars is known for Rhone-style wines, Oak Creek Vineyards & Winery produces small batches of full-bodied reds and crisp whites, and Javelina Leap Vineyards & Winery pour their award-winning wines in a tasting room reminiscent of an Old West saloon.
Tour the grounds, sample the wines and drink in the scenery of this high desert wine country, then continue exploring from the comfort of the resort’s Wine Bar where we stock one of the largest selections of Arizona wines along with other domestic and international labels from our Wine Spectator award-winning cellar. Scroll through the wine list on iPad for any wineries missed on the trail, or let our sommelier suggest a flight of several wines to nose and taste, and enjoy with artisan cheese, charcuterie or Kobe sliders and a spectacular view of Boynton Canyon.
To learn more about wine, join our sommelier in the Wine Bar for an introductory seminar on wine tasting every Thursday, 3-4 pm. Sign up in advance to reserve your spot, as these educational and fun sessions always fill up quickly.