Great AZ day trips: The Verde Valley Wine Trail

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

SEDONA, Ariz. -- It looks like a picture out of a scenic calendar from another place.  But you will actually find lush rolling hills and rows of grape vines just north of the Phoenix area.

The Verde Valley Wine Trail includes four different wineries between Jerome and Sedona, including Alcantara

Barbara Predmore showed 3TV around her award-winning vineyard.  "We get people from all over the world. They've heard about Arizona wine,” explains Predmore.
   
At Alcantara, visitors can take a tour and learn about the winemaking process and sample their wide variety of reds and whites. And now, couples can tie the knot in this romantic atmosphere. Alcantara has an open-air wedding chapel. The vineyard serves as the backdrop, seemingly out of a novel, as wedding bells ring out.

“I hope that Alcanterra becomes other people's home, a place to escape, a place to be, a place to laugh,” says Predmore.

Old Town Cottonwood is just miles from the Verde Valley wineries.  Main Street is home to several wine tasting rooms.

"A lot of people are just surprised by the fact that we have wine in Arizona,” explains Doug Bartosh, Cottonwood City Manager. "And the reality is, it's really doing well. We're winning national, international competitions, and Arizona's becoming known as a wine region now.”

Just up the way from Alcantara, Page Springs Cellars will also whisk guests worlds away.  The vineyard sits along the babble brooks of Oak Creek. 

When visitors walk through the property's vine-covered archway, they will find a picnic area on the other side. It’s a shady area where you can eat lunch or enjoy brie and a bottle of the Vineyard's vino, while listening to the water flowing through the Creek.

The tasting room on property is a place to sample a number of Page Springs' Rhone-style wines.  Guests can also take their glass out onto the balcony overlooking the vineyard to enjoy the view.

Directions to Alcantara: From Phoenix, travel north on I-17; exit at AZ-260, turn left; Turn right at Thousand Trails Rd.

Directions to Page Springs:  Follow  I-17 N  to  County Rd 30/County Rd 77 in  Lake Montezuma  (Exit  293-Cornville Rd); Turn left; Turn right onto Page Springs Rd. 

Directions to Oak Creek Vineyards:
Take I-17 North toward Flagstaff
Take exit 287 North on Arizona Highway 260 toward Cottonwood
Turn right onto Arizona Highway 89A toward Sedona
Exit N Page Springs Road
Travel approximately 3 miles
Oak Creek Vineyards will be on your left

Directions to Javalina leap Vineyards and Winery:
Take the ramp on the left onto I-17 North
Take exit 293 toward Mcgulreville/Montezuma Well
Turn left toward Forest 119 Rd (Cornville Rd)
Turn right onto S Page Springs Rd
1565 North Page Springs Road, Cornville, AZ 86325‎