I discovered that visiting the five Sedona wineries in the area was more of a do-it-yourself wine-tasting experience. Unlike other winery regions where they provide rich details about the wine, its production process, and tasting notes, these wineries simply provide the wine and say, “Enjoy!”
They tend to get very busy on weekends with bachelor and bachelorette groups, so it’s advisable to book tastings or tours in advance if you have a particular winery in mind. Additionally, there are several winery tour companies in the area you can book with, if you want to avoid having to drive yourself everywhere. These all come very highly recommended.
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Explore the Verde Valley from Sedona through Paige Springs Wine Canyon, and to historic Cottonwood and Clarkdale on the Crawler Wine Trail. Simply purchase a daily pass and hop on/hop off wherever and whenever you want, all day long. Visit 8 amazing vineyards and wineries, 7 award-winning tasting rooms, 2 brewpubs, and over 10 foodie/gastro destinations. The icing on the cake? They offer Custom Crawler Experiences and private tours, and they’ll pick your group up.
I absolutely loved DA Ranch, no question it was my favorite of the Sedona wineries! It’s a sprawling space with lots of different areas you can hang out. It felt like spending time at a friend’s house. A “make yourself at home” sort of place. On busy days they have three separate bars where you can get your next wine on the tasting menu… in the living room, and two separate places on their wraparound porch. Both times I visited they had great music as well. You can sit on the porch in the shade or out on the lawn and enjoy the ambiance, nice wines, and a super chill vibe. They have several other spots you can wander around as well, including this gazebo-like thing by the pond, several Adirondack chairs sprinkled around, and you can even hang out with their herd of goats.
They have a regular and a reserve tasting (currently $15 and $25, respectively), as well as their house sangria (which I’d prefer a bit sweeter). They’re not open every day, so make sure to check the website before visiting.
This quirky and mildly terrifying tree person greeted me when I drove up to. They were hosting a separate wine club event when I was there with a great blues musician providing ambiance. Since it was such a nice day and they have a lovely outdoor space, I snagged a flight of wines and set up shop at a picnic table. I sipped my flight and enjoyed the sunshine and music. You can also go inside and have a more traditional tasting experience by bellying up to their saloon-style bar which is the largest wine-tasting bar in northern Arizona. I peeked inside for a second and ended up falling in love with some of the ceramics they offer from local artists.
OAK CREEK VINEYARDS
Oak Creek Vineyards and WineryIt has a nice outdoor patio overlooking their vines. They are kid and pet-friendly. Flights start at $10 including “build your own” options, and they have some snack options as well. I hear they have half-price on some drinks and snacks during Friday happy hour too, if that interests you. I got seated and for whatever reason waited forever for anyone to come and even offer me water or a menu. It was weird because the waiters were helping the tables around me, not sure if it was because I was alone. Finally, a new guy named Reuben took care of me…it was his first day and so he was still learning the ropes but he was so friendly and helpful. I had a delicious cheese plate and enjoyed the whole flight, including their port which is hard to find at most wineries, so was really interesting.
PAGE SPRING CELLARS
I rolled up here around 12:30 on a Saturday, and WHOA was it busy! My #1 recommendation for visiting Page Spring Cellars is to reserve online if you want to do a tasting or tour…especially if you’re visiting on a weekend. Tastings range from $11 to $25 and include a souvenir glass to take home. But when I visited there was a huge wait of 45-75 minutes for even a tasting or regular food. Thankfully they do have a little window where you can order some wine by the glass or bottle (not all theirs, a variety) and a small selection of snacks. I snagged a glass of wine in a plastic cup and went to the back patio to enjoy the pretty view. Overall it’s a pretty place and quite large so can accommodate crowds physically, but gets really busy and crowded so I’d avoid weekends if you can and DEFINITELY, book ahead if you want to do a tour or tasting.
This one is in a little different area, and I visited it on my first day, as I drove from the Phoenix airport to Sedona. Alcantara Vineyards is off the highway about 15 minutes, but connects up to where I was staying at Enchantment Resort so it wasn’t really “out of the way”. I also noticed signs for a couple of breweries on the same exit.
They have a lovely back patio and lawn area, and I just sat and sipped my wine and read my Kindle. I hadn’t eaten all day and so got a cheese plate but it was super basic for the price. They had some hot food too and I would go for a burger or something next time.
So if you’re planning a visit to Sedona, then I highly recommend a day trip or two to some or all of these Sedona wineries. Most of these are only 20 minutes from Sedona, and spending some time tasting wines, listening to music, and enjoying the sunshine is a perfect complement to all the hiking you’ll be doing!