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Arizona Metro-Area Tasting Rooms

Merkin Vinyards Tasting Room Scottsdale

Credit: Merkin Vineyards Old Town Scottsdale

Visiting Arizona’s wine country makes for a delightful day trip from Phoenix or Tucson. Plan a road trip around Arizona wines. But if you can't make the trek, taste the fruits of Arizona’s winemakers' labors at these tasting rooms.

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Here, grapes are sourced from Southern Arizona vineyards in Sonoita and Willcox and used to make Syrah, Tempranillo, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, rosé and their "Breakfast Wine," which mixes seasonal fruits with white wine and carbonation. At the tasting room in Gilbert, in Phoenix's East Valley, wines can be bottled—or canned—to take home and are paired with a small menu of bites from local purveyors.
This Scottsdale tasting room builds on the family-run winery's philosophy of repurposing when possible with reclaimed and/or natural materials mixed with chandeliers and leather aviator chairs. Grapes are sourced from Arizona, New Mexico and California and transformed into balanced, complex wines.
The setting and climate in Southern Arizona, where this family-owned winery resides, mimic those of Argentina, Chile and southern France, and their Rhône-style varietals have a South American touch. At the Scottsdale tasting room, with its 20-foot distressed copper bar and Art Deco tin ceiling, guests are invited to sample varietals like Malbec and Sangiovese.
A friendship between two former middle-school teachers and an eye-opening trip to France sparked the idea for this downtown Phoenix wine bar. Emily Rieve and Lindsey Schoenemann highlight many local wineries through their self-serve concept, including Arizona wineries Rune, Dos Cabezas and Merkin. On any given day, you'll find 24 wines "on tap."
When LDV owners Peggy Fiandaca and Curt Dunham chose the site for their vineyard in the Chiricahua Mountain foothills in Southern Arizona, they knew their wine had to respect and reflect the land. Focusing on sustainably grown and produced wines, LDV offers Rhône varietals: Grenache, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Viognier. The vineyard experience translates to their Scottsdale tasting room, too, where you'll find wine barrels and a spacious outdoor patio.
Regional, sustainable and local are the pillars of Merkin Vineyards. The boutique winery focuses on high-elevation Spanish, French and Italian varietals produced in a tiny underground facility called The Bunker. In the Scottsdale tasting room, the local-first philosophy continues with an ever-changing menu made with ingredients the owners grow themselves or from other local growers.
SALVATORE VINEYARDS & PASSION CELLARS
(480) 423-2901 7064 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale
Salvatore, named after the winemaker's grandfather, specializes in fruit-forward whites and complex reds made from grapes harvested at their Willcox vineyard. At the Scottsdale tasting room, featuring a long bar perfect for sharing wine and conversation, sample selections from both their Salvatore and Passion Cellar labels.
Su Vino is all about personalization and craftsmanship, both in the bottle and at their Scottsdale tasting bar. In addition to making their own varietals and blends, including Malbec, Pinot Grigio and Port, they offer custom wines suited to your palate; if you want, you can even bottle, cork and label it yourself.
After honeymooning in Italy, Irlyn and Gavin Gallifant were so inspired by the winemaking lifestyle that they started Gallifant Cellars specializing in a single varietal. Their second label, SouthPaw Cellars, is an homage to Arizona featuring grapes from Southern Arizona. Both labels are available at their Peoria tasting room, an industrial, loft-inspired space.

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