Our Arizona Wine Travel Guide shares a brief history of the state's wine country, terroir, where to sip, where to stay and things to do beyond the vines.
There’s more to Arizona than desert and cacti, the state is ushering in a new era of viticulture. With three prominent wine regions in the state, Arizona is an exciting – and budding – region to sip in.
Arizona has two official American Viticultural Areas (AVA) – wine growing regions – with another pending approval.
Wine regions thrive between 30-50 degrees of latitude of the equator. Arizona sits close to the 40 degree mark. Making it an ideal wine growing region. PERFECTION!!
Arizona is one of the oldest wine producing regions in the United States.
Arizona has a rich wine history dating to the 16th century when Spanish Jesuit priests began producing wine for religious sacramental ceremonies. Its industry – like all states in the U.S. – was halted in 1920 due to National Prohibition. Today, there are currently more than 110 Arizona wineries, vineyards and cellars throughout the state.
WHERE TO SIP
High Lonesome Vineyard
BEYOND THE VINES
You will miss out on a lot of things to do in Arizona wine country if you don’t go beyond the vines. The Arizona wine regions are home to so many fun activities, especially given the close proximity to major destinations such as Phoenix, Tuscon and Sedona.