Arizona has three major growing regions, all in the high desert. The first region is in southern Arizona in the Sonoita/Elgin area. This is the only designated AVA in the state. The Willcox area in Cochise County was the second area to come on board. And now the Verde Valley is our third region for growing grapes. The elevation of these vineyards range between 3800 ft. to almost 6000 ft., allowing nice hot days and cool nights during the grape growing season. Another up-and-coming area up north is the Skull Valley area with three vineyards. You'll also find grapes growing scattered around the state in other areas such as Tombstone, Benson, Payson and Portal.
Located an hour south of Tucson, Sonoita is Arizona's only official AVA. The greater Sonoita/Elgin area offers 10 tasting rooms.
Located in Southeastern Arizona, the Willcox area produces the highest quantity of grapes in Arizona. Currently there are four tasting rooms with more on the way.
The Verde Valley Region, located next to Sedona, Arizona, is host to nine tasting rooms. This area can be enjoyed as a quick day trip from Phoenix or as a fun overnight trip staying at a variety of lodging options from B&Bs to camping to high-end resorts. You can create your own unique trip.