Spring might be the best time to visit Phoenix. Here are our top 10 reasons why.
- The average high temperature is 70 degrees (21 Celsius) in February, 75 degrees (24 C) in March, and 83 degrees (28 C) in April.
- Cactus League Spring Training has games scheduled every day in March
- A daytrip to the Grand Canyon won’t include summer crowds.
- Resort swimming pools.
- Blooming cactuses and wildflowers reveal why the Sonoran Desert is among the lushest deserts in the world.
- It’s food-festival season. Taste the best of Phoenix at events like the Devoured Culinary Classic.
- River sports. Spring is the prime season for kayaking, canyoneering and paddle boarding.
- Dining outdoors. One dinner under the springtime sun or stars, and you’ll understand why so many of Phoenix’s restaurants have patios.
- Golf. Phoenix’s signature desert courses are in pristine condition.
- The lack of April showers. It rains about an inch all spring, so don’t bother packing your umbrella.
When you think about Arizona, wine might not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, over the past few years Arizona wines having been getting more and more attention. Leading Arizona wine makers such as Arizona Stronghold and Pillsbury Wine Company have been making strides in getting Arizona wines on the map. In fact, today there are a dozen vineyards and more than 60 wineries located throughout the state. The best part? Many are just a day trip away from Phoenix.
The most concentrated area of wineries in Arizona is located just an hour and a half North of Phoenix in the Verde Valley. Enjoy a day of tasting wines in the picturesque red rocks and canyons that surround Cottonwood, Jerome, Sedona, Clarkdale and Cornville.
Wineries and Tasting Rooms in Northern Arizona
Granite Creek Vineyards 2515 Road 1 East, Chino Valley (928) 636-2003
Jerome Winery 403 Clark Street, Jerome (928) 639-9067
Caduceus Cellars 158 Main Street, Jerome (928) 639-WINE
Bitter Creek Winery 240 Hull Street, Jerome (928) 634-7033
Wine Cellar featuring Dionysian Cellars 1029 N. Main Street, Cottonwood (928) 649-0444
Arizona Stronghold 1023 N. Main Street, Cottonwood (928) 649-0444
Pillsbury Wine Company North 1012 N. Main Street, Cottonwood (928) 639-0646
Alcantara Vineyard & Winery 7500 Alcantara Way, Verde Valley (928) 649-8463
Page Springs Cellars 1500 Page Springs Road, Cornville (928) 639-3004
Oak Creek Vineyards 1555 Page Springs Road, Cornville (928) 649-0290
Javelina Leap Vineyard 1565 Page Springs Road, Cornville (928) 649-2681
Art of Wine/Sycamore Canyon 101 N. Hwy 89A/#B-9 Sedona (877) 903-WINE
Juniper Well Ranch 10080 W. Tough Country Trail, Skull Valley (928) 442-3415
The Sonoita/Elgin area is a beautiful area of Arizona surrounded by national forest about two and a half hours south of Phoenix.
Wineries and Tasting Rooms in Sonoita/Elgin
Charron Vineyards 18585 South Sonoita Hwy, Vail (520) 762-8585
Dos Cabezas WineWorks 3248 Hwy 82, Sonoita (520) 455-5141
Hops & Vines 3450 Hwy 82, Sonoita (520) 955-4249
Wilhelm Family Vineyards 21 Mountain Ranch Drive, Elgin (520) 455-9291
Rancho Rossa Vineyards 32 Cattle Ranch Lane, Elgin (520) 455-0700
Callaghan Vineyards 336 Elgin Road, Elgin (520) 455-5322
Canelo Hills Winery 342 Elgin Road, Elgin (520) 455-5499
Kief-Joshua Vineyard 370 Elgin Road, Elgin (520) 455-4482
Sonoita Vineyards 290 Elgin Canelo Road, Elgin (520) 455-5893
Lightning Ridge Cellars 2368 Hwy 83, Elgin (520) 455-5383
In the far southeast corner of Arizona, just about three hours from Phoenix, you’ll find Willcox, an agricultural area known for apples and autumnal corn mazes — and now wine.
Wineries and Tasting Rooms in Willcox
Keeling Schaefer Tasting Room 154 N. Railroad Avenue, Willcox (520) 766-0600
Carlson Creek Tasting Room 115 Railview Avenue, Willcox (520) 766-3000
Coronado Vineyards 2909 E. Country Club Drive, Willcox (520) 384-2993
Zarpara Vineyard 6777 S. Zarpara Lane, Willcox (602) 885-8903