Owned by Maynard Keenan of the band Tool, Merkin Vineyards Osteria, an extension of the Caduceus Cellars family, specializes in Arizona-produced wines which accent a menu of locally sourced food including housemade pasta and fresh gourmet salads.
Location: Wine & Dine
Escape to one of Cottonwood’s beautiful vineyards with more than 20,000 vines, stunning views of the Verde Valley, and a kayaking excursion that ends with a tasting of a selection from 17 delicious varietals.
Carlson Creek Vineyard
From a deep-seated dream to create a multi-generational business to one of the largest vineyards in Arizona, Willcox-based Carlson Creek Vineyard’s Cottonwood tasting room features a comfortable, casual wine tasting experience for guests to enjoy.
Whether you’re in the mood for white wine, red wine, or sweet wine, this family-owned and operated tasting room offers flights for any wine lover with over 20 wine and two lines of wine.
Pillsbury Wine Company
Proud of its 100% Arizona, sustainable high-elevation vineyard and estate-grown vegan wines, Pillsbury Wine Company was honored with 16 San Francisco Chronicle American Wine Awards in 2021, including “Best Of” for its 2019 Malvasia.
With approachable, readily available wines, Arizona Stronghold’s’ minimally mucked-with wines retain their natural vitality and character like the 2011 Stronghold Mandala White that combines ripe peach, nectarine, apricot, and tangerine flavors.
Cottonwood Wineries and Tasting Rooms
From small-batch, boutique wines at Burning Tree Cellars to big, bold varietals influenced by the love for Tribal lands at Fire Mountain Wines, the ‘wine trail’ along Main Street in Historic Old Town has a Verde Valley wine for every palate.
Before you dash off to dine in one of Cottonwood’s renowned restaurants, stop by the Cottonwood Community Garden at Riverfront Park where community members grow and harvest edible food in 40 established rentable garden plots.