With 13,000 vines and 12 different varietals, Alcantara Vineyards and Winery is a must see on your wine trail adventure. Located just two hours from Phoenix and nestled along the Verde River in the quaint town of Cottonwood, Alcantara boasts one of the largest vineyards in northern Arizona and has been perfecting the art of wine making for over 13 years. The moment you walk in the door you are welcomed by an enthusiastic staff as well as a picturesque setting. As you sit on the balcony you can see the beautiful Verde River flow around the property and may even catch a glimpse of one of the many bald eagle families that also call the vineyard home. Guests are encouraged to take an hour long guided tour of the property where you learn about trellising, irrigation, varietal's and the philosophy of growing grapes. If the scenery and ambiance is not enough to encourage a visit the taste of the wine certainly is.
Alcantara offers both white and red wines as well as a variety of cheeses to enhance the palate and tasting experience. The 2013 Viognier tastes of dried stone fruit with mineral and grassy aromas. It has lively acidity with a full mouth feel and medium length finish. If red wine is more your style try the 2013 Sangiovese. This wine is lighter in color and has bright red fruit, vanilla and cranberry aromas. It has light tannins, good crisp acidity and a medium length finish.
Alcantara will be participating in two major wine events this upcoming June. The first being their very own Zinfest, a celebration of all things zinfandel. Guests can enjoy a tasting of three types of zinfandels while enjoy live music and plenty of food. Next up is the Tilted Earth Wine and Music Festival. A festival dedicated to displaying the uniqueness of northern Arizona wines.
If you cannot make it out this June stop by any other time. Located at 3445 South Grapevine Way in Cottonwood, Alcantara's tasting room is open 7 days a week from 11Am-5Pm. Tours are available on Friday's and Saturday's by appointment only. The vineyard and tasting room is also available for weddings and private parties. For more information visit their website or call (928) 649-8463. Don't miss out on this Verde Valley gem, it's the perfect place to begin your northern Arizona wine tasting excursion.