Though the state’s two wine grape growing regions are hours north and south of the Valley, the fruits of these vineyards’ labor are poured inside several Scottsdale tasting rooms. Southeastern Arizona-grown grapes are spotlighted in four locations, and another operates as an on-site winery with its yield coming from outside state lines.
Prepare your palate for a self-tour and venture out to taste pours along a one-mile route through downtown Scottsdale. If five is too many to tackle at one go, LDV Wine Gallery provides the ideal atmosphere to share a bottle of your favorite label outside in the courtyard. And Su Vino Winery and Aridus Wine Company or Carlson Creek Vineyard and Salvatore Vineyards are both conveniently located pairings with plenty of shopping, gallery browsing and dining opportunities between.
LDV Wine Gallery
Begin at this wine tasting room and art gallery just west of Goldwater Boulevard. The grapes are sourced from LDV Winery in the foothills of the Chiricahua Mountains, about 100 miles southeast of Tucson. The vineyard itself is open to the public by appointment only, but its Scottsdale wine gallery operates Wednesday through Sunday. The ample space inside never feels crowded and highlights the work of local artists, and the tree-shaded patios encourage the sharing of a bottle of Sky Island Viognier or Signature Petite Sirah.
Su Vino Winery
The wine served inside this large tasting room is pressed, fermented and bottled right on-site, though the grapes are sourced from outside the state. Visitors may customize their own wine—a process that takes several months—create personal labels and even help bottle it. For those seeking a tasting flight, glass or bottle, choose from a list of whites, reds and a couple bubblies, and nosh on appetizers or desserts such as warmed brie, Caprese and mascarpone-stuffed strawberries.
Aridus Wine Company
Also on Main Street, nestled between the area’s art galleries, is Aridus Wine Company. The wine in this tasting room hails from its 40-acre vineyard in Turkey Creek and Custom Crush Facility in Willcox, one south and one east of Tucson. Stand at the bar at the back of the modern-industrial tasting room for a flight and admire the charming chandeliers above. The space includes a few cozy seating areas and a large community table behind the bar. Standout pours include the malbec and newly released pinot noir.
Carlson Creek Vineyard
This next tasting room is the farthest walk along the route, but there are plenty of art galleries to pay visit to on the way—Gebert Contemporary, RC Gorman Navajo Gallery and Amery Bohling Art Gallery, among the many. The newest tasting room to the downtown Scottsdale scene, Carlson Creek’s grapes are grown just outside of Willcox on 54 acres of land, and the vineyard is owned and operated by a veteran of the U.S. Marines. Take a seat at the bar or one of the tables along the perimeter of the tasting room and sip a not-too-buttery chardonnay, the Sweet Adeline Riesling and a 100-percent grenache.
Tucked between the galleries and shops of 5th Avenue, behind the Bronze Horse Fountain by Bob Parks, sits the Salvatore Vineyards tasting room. The narrow, yet comfortable space provides a cozy atmosphere to settle in at the bar and choose tastes from more than 15 wines made from grapes grown in Willcox. Mix and match from the Passion Cellars wine label whites and reds, or opt for the Salvatore Vineyards reserve list. Accompany it with a cheese board catered towards a white wine or red wine pairing.