Within Arizona there are three main wine growing regions; Sonoita, Willcox and Verde Valley. In addition, there are many winery tasting rooms popping up in urban regions such as Phoenix and Tucson.
The unique micro-climate of Arizona’s high-altitude growing regions (3,000-6,000 ft above sea level); provide a rich soil base, along with warm days and cool evenings for the vineyards. A vast majority of all the grapes grown in Arizona are from either the Willcox or Sonoita wine regions.
As Arizona’s first wine region, Sonoita is also the only recognized American Viticultural Area (AVA) in Arizona. In addition, the Sonoita Wine Region is home to the largest concentration of wineries/vineyards in the state.
Due to its growing conditions, Arizona is producing some amazing red varietals. The dry arid climate lends itself very nicely to growing deep, round, bold red wines. Leading varietals include; Syrah, Petite Syrah, Zinfandel, Grenache, Tempranillo and many more!
Sonoita Wine Region
~ Located approximately one (1) hour south of Tucson along I10
~ Arizona’s only designated AVA
~ Home to roughly 12 wineries/vineyards
~ Recognized as one of the Top 10 Wine Trails by the USA Today
~ Offers amazing mountain vistas along the drive down Route 83 from I10
~ Sierra Vista, Tombstone and Tubac are within close driving distance
Wilcox Wine Region
~ Located approximately one and a half (1.5) hour south of Tucson along I10
~ Arizona’s fastest growing wine region with 12 wineries/vineyards
~ Arizona’s largest grape growing region
~ Home to the Dragoon, Dos Cabezas and Chiricahua Mountains
Verde Valley Wine Region
~ Located approximately one and a half (1.5) hour north of Phoenix along I17
~ Home to roughly 10 wineries/tasting rooms
~ Prescott, Cottonwood, Jerome and Sedona are within close driving distance