As the temperatures start to rise across the state, you're probably thinking about where you want to travel to this summer. You should know that Arizona has a growing wine industry and, with all that wine, an abundance of wine festivals across the state. This summer, escape to the high desert wine-growing areas of the Verde Valley or Cochise County where the temperatures are cooler and the wine will be flowing.
If you can't make the festivals, most vineyards and wineries invite guests to self-taste and tour with reservations. The Local First Arizona local business directory lists Local Vineyards and Wineries and Local Hotels to start planning your trip.
1. Verde Valley Wine Festival
May 7th, Clarkdale | Buy Tickets Here
The Verde Valley Wine Festival is a premier Northern Arizona wine festival presented by Four Eight Wineworks and Made in Clarkdale. This festival highlights the rich culture of Clarkdale and the Verde Valley vineyards. Enjoy dozens of fine wineries, breweries and restaurants committed to creating homegrown products and authentic experiences. Wineries present include local Burning Tree Cellars, Grand Canyon Winery, Dos Cabezas Wine Works, and more.
2. Prescott Fine Arts & Wine Festival
May 7th and 8th, Prescott | More Information Here
In addition to spectacular Mountain Art Guilds’ artwork, the 30th Annual Prescott Fine Arts & Wine Festival presents a wine garden featuring ten of Arizona’s celebrated vineyards. Entrance to the art show is free and each day guests can purchase their wine tasting tickets for $12. There is also a variety of delicious food, packaged goodies, and gourmet delights from surrounding restaurants.
3. Willcox Wine Country Festival
May 21st and 22nd, Willcox | More Information Here
Rated by Fodor's Travel as one of the top 10 wine festivals in North America, the Willcox Wine Country Festival is a weekend celebration of wines from the Willcox region. The event features wineries from Willcox Wine Country or surrounding regions including local Carlson Creek Vineyards, Aridus Wine Company, and more. There will also be local vendors, gourmet food, and live music.
4. Tilted Earth Festival
June 17th and 18th, Cottonwood | Buy Tickets Here
Local Page Springs Cellars and the City of Cottonwood have teamed up again for the 3rd Annual Tilted Earth Festival. Tilted Earth was founded to foster the growth of culture and community in Cottonwood by bringing together artisans in the fields of craft drink, food, music, and fine arts. Local wineries will include Arizona Stronghold, Fire Mountain Wines, and many more.
5. HarvestFest at Sonoita Vineyards
July 30th, Sonoita | Buy Tickets Here
A great way to kick-off the Harvest Season in Southern Arizona! This festival consistently draws hundreds of guests for fun activities such as grape stomping and horse-drawn vineyard tours. Sonoita Vineyards also offers tastings and pairings of their signature wines. No reservations are needed, but you are able to pre-purchase tickets online.