Cottonwood is the Heart of the Arizona Wine Country.


Vineyards in the desert? The Verde Valley’s volcanic soil and mild winters provide ideal conditions, similar to the wine making regions of France and Italy. There are over twenty vineyards and tasting rooms within a 6-mile radius of Old Town Cottonwood, and the Yavapai College Wine Program is being developed as the premier academic center for viticulture in the Southwest.

A map to over 20 area vineyards and wine tasting rooms

Growing Acclaim

Sep 2019: Arizona Wine Trails

Sep 2019: Southwest Wine Center Wins Award of Distinction

Jun 2019: 48 Hours in the Verde Valley

May 2019: Arizona High Desert Wine Boom (NY Times)

Jan 2019: Local Winery Named Best in Class by SF Chronicle

Jan 2019: Discovering Wine Under the Arizona Sun

Dec 2018: Carlson Creek Vineyards Opens in Old Town

Nov 2018: 23rd Tasting Room Opens in Heart of AZ Wine Country

Sep 2018: The Best Winery in Every State (House Beautiful)

Aug 2018: 7 Emerging American Wine Regions to Visit Now (Vogue)

Jun 2018: Spearheading Verde Valley American Viticulture Area

Apr 2018: Serenity, Spas and Now Syrahs (NY Times)

Apr 2018: Where to Paddle Your Way to Wine

Apr 2018: Arizona Wineries Look For Continued Growth

Apr 2018: Myth-Busting the Taste of Arizona Wine

Apr 2018: This Hard Rock Icon is Also an Acclaimed Winemaker

Feb 2018: Southwest Wine Center Wins More Awards

Jan 2018: Warm-Weather Wineries to Help You Escape the Cold

Dec 2017: College Wines Win Jefferson Cup Awards

Nov 2017: Famed Musician Forges New Winemaking Road

Oct 2017: Cheers to Verde Valley Wine Industry

Oct 2017: Yavapai College Wine Tasting Room Exceeds Forecasts

Oct 2017: Arizona Benefits As Climate Alters Wine Production (PBS)

Sept 2017: Wine Industry Bubbling Up Fast in Arizona

Sept 2017: Wine Tasting Tour – Best of Arizona

Sept 2017: Let’s Go Places in AZ – Verde Valley Wine Trail

Aug 2017: Maynard James Keenan Talks Wine (Rolling Stone)

July 2017: AZ Wine Country – Cottonwood & the Verde Valley

May 2017: Wine Fest Aging Well

Feb 2017: Raising Arizona: Outsider Wines Travel to New Heights

Feb 2017: The Newest Wine Destinations in the United States

Jan 2017: Callaghan, Pillsbury wines earn Double Gold in San Francisco

Jan 2017: Yavapai College student-made wine among AZ’s best

Dec 2016: Maynard James Keenan’s New Restaurant in Cottonwood

Dec 2016: Arizona’s Wine Industry: A New and Vibrant Enterprise

Dec 2016: Is Arizona the Next Frontier of Great U.S. Winemaking?

Nov 2016: Vineyards Offer Oases in State Known for Desert