Arizona, specifically the Valley of the Sun, is climbing the ladder in the national cuisine scene, so it’s no surprise to find great purveyors and makers around the state as well. Tour and taste your way through these 10 stops and enjoy some of the state's finest wines, spirits, beers, treats and olive oils.
Sample spirits, liqueurs and wines straight from the casks, and olive oils and vinegars from stoneware crocks in an interactive wining and dining boutique. For those looking for guided sampling, wine and spirit tastings are held on site.
Visit the headquarters of this beloved brownie brand. Inside the retail shop, guests can view the bakery through large windows, and learn about the company’s history from the looped-video television monitors. Afterward (or beforehand) taste a brownie sample and shop for take-homes. (Open 9 am-3 pm Monday-Friday.)
Phoenix Ale Brewery
Stop by the taproom, open daily at noon, for a tour and taste of the brewery’s current concoction. The watermelon wheat ale is a staple on draft here—so experimental taste buds are often rewarded.
Arizona Distilling Company in Tempe
The cocktail you’re sipping may have been made with local spirits. The East Valley micro-distillery began distilling three spirits: Copper City Bourbon, Copper City Moonshine and Apple Pie Liqueur, but has since grown to produce several whiskeys and its products are poured around the state. Tours are offered on the hour, 1-6 pm, Thursday-Saturday (book online).
Queen Creek Olive Mill in Queen Creek
Tour through and learn about the process of pressing olives for extra-virgin olive oil at the Olive Mill, then sample the varieties of flavored olive oils, balsamic vinegars and more. For further tastes, order a bite to eat and a glass of wine and enjoy a warm breeze and live tunes while seated in the olive grove.
Cerreta’s Fine Chocolates in Glendale
See how the three sons of Cerreta’s original owner craft caramel treats and creamy-center chocolates during a 30-minute tour of the chocolate factory. Tours are offered twice daily (10 am and 1 pm) Monday-Friday. Can’t make the tour times? A tour-by-video is available during retail store hours (8 am-6 pm Monday-Saturday).
Main Street tasting rooms in Cottonwood
Wander in and out of winery and distillery tasting rooms in Old Town Cottonwood. Stops include Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, Pillsbury Wine and Desert Diamond Distillery.
Mother Road Brewing Company in Flagstaff
The taproom is open seven days a week, with tours of the brewery (plus two 10-ounce pours) offered Thursday and Saturday at 3 pm for a nominal fee. After your tour, relax on the dog-friendly patio or grab a book to read from the “library” or a board game to play.
Sonoita/Elgin Wine Trail
Take a self-guided tour along a stretch of Southern Arizona and taste the works of local winemakers. Twelve wineries cover the map in Sonoita and Elgin, including Kief-Joshua Vineyards, Dos Cabezas WineWorks and Lightning Ridge Cellars.
Seven Cups in Tucson
Explore more than 100 loose-leaf Chinese teas on your own at a sit-down tea service. Free daily tastings of two teas are available, and a more formal tea education experience is offered each Friday, 3-3:30 pm. On Tuesday evenings at 6 pm, an hour-long Chinese tea education class discusses the tastes, quality and benefits of a variety of teas.