While it may be a surprise to many, Arizona has a number of wineries. Among them is Page Spring Cellars in the Verde Valley wine region north of Phoenix.
Wining and dining at Page Springs Cellars
We discovered Arizona’s Verde Valley wine region last year, but only had time to visit one winery on that trip. This year we again only had time to visit one winery. By chance that winery ended up being Page Springs Cellars Vineyard and Winery.
It was a good choice.
A bit about Page Springs Cellars
Located in the hills southwest of Sedona, Page Springs Cellars is a family owned vineyard and winery that mostly produces Rhône-style wines. If, like me, you aren’t very familiar with Rhône wines, you will find a lot of tasty, but unfamiliar, varietals included in their offerings.
Besides wine tastings, the winery also offers a gourmet tasting menu, picnic lunches, winery and vineyard tours, a gift shop filled with local foods and art, live music, yoga classes, and massage services. So pretty much anything you could want for a relaxing afternoon.
The winery also has a large deck that overlooks Oak Creek.. This allows scenery-loving visitors like me to enjoy wine and a meal outside. Those who want to be closer to the water can get a picnic lunch at the winery and eat it at a picnic table along the creek . . . or along a trail anywhere in Red Rock country!
Guests at the Page Springs winery are surrounded by vineyards, but the winery also sources fruit from other vineyards.
Page Springs Cellars has four estate vineyards located at or near the winery in Page Springs. The oldest of these was planted in 2004. Like the others, it produces several varietals. Among them, the four estate vineyards are planted with a wide variety of grapes, including Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Seyval Blanc, and about a dozen others. All are managed without petro-chemicals or other chemical insecticides or herbicides.
Page Springs also has a vineyard near the Chiricahua Mountains east of Tucson. There they grow Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Counoise, Roussanne, Viognier, and Petit Verdot. Unlike the Page Springs vineyards, this is a fairly remote area, and getting fruit here requires a thick cover crop bellow the vines, bird netting over the entire vineyard, and an electric fence to keep out the bears!
In addition to their own vineyards, Page Springs Cellars also uses grapes from three other small wine producers. Currently those grapes are coming from Arizona Stronghold’s Al Buhl Memorial Vineyard along Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains, Ranchita Canyon Vineyard in San Miguel, California, and Shell Creed Vineyard near Paso Robles, California.
Lunch at Page Springs Winery
We ended up at Page Springs because they had a sign along the road advertising wine tastings and food – which was exactly what I was hoping to find.
It was an absolutely perfect spring day, so I was glad to get a seat out on the deck.
While my husband chose a single glass of wine that interested him, I decided to taste a mix of reds and whites.
Tough decisions about wine made, it was time to turn to our options for food.
The food served in the tasting room is inspired by the small plates found in the Basque region of Spain. All of the selections sounded delicious . . . and everything I saw on other tables was tempting!
We finally narrowed our choice down to a couple of options, all of which were wonderful. However, my absolute favorite was the simplest – the fresh house-made focaccia. I don’t know that I’ve ever had such perfect bread!
It didn’t take long to realize this is probably the best place for lunch in the whole Sedona area.
At the time of our visit last spring, Page Springs Cellars was also serving gourmet dinners some evenings. We tried to figure out how to fit one into our schedule, but couldn’t make it work. Alas, as now they don’t seem to do that anymore. At least for the time being, you’ll have to settle for the (fabulous) snacks on the tasting menu.
Plan your trip to Page Springs Cellars Vineyard and Winery
Page Spring Cellars and Vineyard is 15 minutes south of Sedona in Arizona’s Verde Valley wine region.
The tasting room is open every day, with live music on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. (Be aware that it can be very busy on weekends and holidays.)
Winery tours are offered on weekends, vineyard tours are offered on the first and last Saturday of the month. Reservations are recommended for all tours.
If you can’t fit Page Springs Cellars into your next trip, you can always get a taste of the Arizona sun through their online shop!
Other things in the area
While the red rocks of Sedona are right next door, a different nature experience is available at the Page Springs Fish Hatchery. Here nature trails provide wildlife viewing along the water.
Just a little farther to the west, Cottonwood is a charming town with a bustling downtown filled with shops and restaurants.
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