Southern Arizona Winery Day Trips
The cool crisp days of fall are starting to arrive. What better way to toast the changing season than with a trip to an award-winning winery? A 12-hour trip to California wine country won’t be necessary to achieve this goal, as Southern Arizona is home to a plethora of outstanding wineries. Check out our picks below and relish a weekend day trip to enjoy some local vino.
Charron Vineyards & Winery Located just 30 minutes south of Tucson in Vail, Charron Vineyards is one of southern Arizona’s oldest wineries. G
uests can enjoy handcrafted Arizona wines from the deck that offers spectacular views of the vineyard and Santa Rita Mountains. With no reservations required, enjoy all Charron Vineyards has to offer Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Don’t leave your furry friend at home to miss the fun, Charron Vineyards is dog-friendly! For more information and directions, www.charronvineyards.com/home.html
Sierra Bonita Vineyards Growing a healthy assortment of grapes on its 11-acre ranch, Sierra Bonita Vineyard prides itself on being an established, eco-friendly and sustainable winery located just northwest of Wilcox. However, you don’t have to make the venture out to vineyard itself to enjoy their delectable libations, as Sierra Bonita offers a tasting room in North Tucson which is open Thursday through Sunday. www.sierrabonitavineyards.com
Dos Cabezas Wine Works Established in 1995, Dos Cabezas WineWorks has been producing some of the finest wines in the state. As an early contributor, the winery located in Sonoita was a catalyst for growing (pun intended) the Arizona wine scene. Located 50 minutes south of Tucson, Dos Cabezas is the southernmost winery on our list, but is well worth the drive. The tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Consider turning your daytrip into an extended stay, Dos Cabezas offers a Casita next door. To make reservations or for more information, visit www.doscabezas.com
The next time you’re in search of a great glass of wine, remember it may be closer than you think like in our Clubhouse dining room and bar. If you can’t make the trip this fall, don’t fret! Many of these great wineries sell their vino online or at local stores. So pull up a chair, grab a glass and toast to the many hidden wine gems that are in your backyard.