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Scottsdale Wine Trail

If you are a self-described oenophile but can’t make it to Sonoma or Napa Valley every weekend, make a visit to Old Town Scottsdale and travel along the “wine trail” which includes five different and unique wine shops. Inside each one of them, visitors will find a wide variety of varietals that hail from the Grand Canyon State. In fact, Arizona has three wine regions recognized as American Viticultural Areas: the first and original located in the Verde Valley, the second in Sonoita south of Tucson, and the third in Willcox in the far southeast region of the state. In fact, Scottsdale Wine Trail adventurers have the chance to taste these local varietals exclusively from these designated vineyards.

Willcox Wine

At the start of the Scottsdale Wine Trail, visitors can taste their first grapes at Aridus Wine Company, where the tasting room stocks bottles from their vineyards under the Willcox Appellation mentioned above. Afterwards, stroll down along scenic Marshall Way as you pop in and out of galleries until you make your second wine stop at Carlson Creek. Here, this wine shop presents grapes such as Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling, each one highlighting the character of the Willcox Appellation as well. By the time you reach Salvatore Vineyards, the glorious wines from southeast Arizona are once again presented, this time with varietals such as Sangiovese, Malvasia Blanca, Viognier and Malbec.

LDV & Merkin

The fourth stop, LDV Winery, features single-varietal wines that include Grenache, Syrah and Petite Sirah, each one more complex and unique then the next. The final and fifth stop at Merkin Vineyards focuses on wine created in the Verde Valley. In fact, this shop’s owner is also the lead singer for the ultra-popular metal band, Tool; however, over the last couple of decades, Maynard James Keenan has been one of the catalysts for Arizona winemaking and its popularity around the rest of the United States. On a side note, if you have the time, try to make a visit to the winery in Jerome, AZ, approximately two hours from Scottsdale. Additionally, you can finish the trail here with a bite to eat and soak up some of the wine consumed throughout the trail.

Additional Info About the Wine Trail in Scottsdale

Of course, you can start and end the wine trail in Scottsdale anywhere you want, and since there are so many superb boutiques and art galleries throughout the Old Town Scottsdale area, exploring the world of wine has never been so much fun.

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Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain is one of the most recognized area landmarks. With an elevation of 2,700 feet, it is an excellent venue for a hike or climb. In fact, hiking Camelback is considered one of the top 10 things to do in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. There are two main trails/climbs — Cholla and Echo Canyon. Please be advised that these hikes and climbs are not generally considered “easy” or beginner level.

Papago Park

Papago Park is a municipal park that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There is plenty to do in this gorgeous park including hiking, fishing and even golfing on the Papago Golf Course.
625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Hole in the Rock

Hole in the Rock is a wonderful destination for those wanting to see a terrific example of Arizona Red Rock. This is a natural geological formation located in Papago Park. This formation is actually a series of openings eroded into a small red stone hill. The openings and main chamber are accessible via a smoothly ascending path that passes behind the hill.

Taliesin West

Taliesin West was the winter home and school of Frank Lloyd Wright from 1937 until his death in 1959. Currently, it is the main campus of The School of Architecture at Taliesin and also houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. It is open to the public for tours, where you’ll be taken through indoor and outdoor spaces, as well as Wright’s private quarters, the gracious “Garden Room”, the drafting room and more.
12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259

Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale is one of the Southwest’s most vibrant and unique downtown areas. It offers pedestrian-friendly streets lines with world-class galleries, museums, restaurants and shops, plus an exciting nightlife scene.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is the gateway to the Sonoran Desert and has one of the most diverse environments on earth. Located on more than 30,000 acres along the eastern edge of the city, the Preserve offers more than 100 miles of trails with six trailheads. Enjoy an array of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, wildlife and bird watching, and guided rock climbing and off-roading tours. Each trailhead provides expansive views of Pinnacle Peak and the Valley, and the Bajada Nature Trail offers a variety of games and activities for kids of all ages.
18333 N. Thompson Peak Rd, Scottsdale
480-998-7971