It’s no secret I love going on new adventures. And while I usually explore with Paul, I was lucky enough to get a day away with my mamma! We love wine (ok, who here doesn’t?) and Arizona has a surprisingly happening wine-scene. There are three main wine-growing regions in Arizona; Sonoita in southern Arizona, Willcox and Verde Valley in northern Arizona. While we’ve already visited the Sonoita region, we decided to head north, to Granite Creek Vineyards in Chino Valley, Arizona.
VISIT GRANITE CREEK VINEYARDS
Chino Valley is about 30 minutes North of Prescott, or 2 Hours north of the Phoenix Valley. Granite Creek Vineyards is set on a rolling prairie. The grounds are filled with a charming red barn and matching cottages. For $10 you can do a tasting of 5 set wines. They also sell individual glasses and bottles. Available wines include red, white, rose, and a moscato. My favorite was the Sunset Red Blend. It was smooth & light with hints of berries and a light oaky finish. Granite Creek also has a great selection of food, including a hummus & veggie tray, sandwiches, and cheese plates!
On Saturdays, between April through November a live band performs from 1-4pm. When we arrived, it was a rare rainy day. The vineyard had plenty of tents and tables set up to enjoy the live music while staying dry. To be honest, my mom and I love the rain, so we thought it was extra cozy!
The vineyard has resident peacocks that roam the premises freely. One in particular seemed to really be enjoying the live band… and the rain! He sat on the portico roof almost the entire time. Eventually he came down, but only for a moment before he returned to the roof! Mom and I walked though the vineyard and spotted another peacock hanging out on the back of an adorable old Chevy pickup.
If you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway (and love wine!) I highly recommend visiting Granite Creek Vineyards.
Do you love quick-getaways or prefer longer trips?