Thirsty while exploring Arizona? Check out these Scottsdale wineries! Savor unique blends and flavors in these popular tasting rooms.
Best Scottsdale Wineries
During our last visit to Arizona, we set two goals for ourselves. One was to get out and find the best Phoenix hikes. The other was to find the best Scottsdale wineries. We’d already had great wine during our girl’s weekend in Sedona, so we wanted to see what else we could find in the region.
After researching online and looking at reviews, we made a list of wineries and visited them all. Each had something that made them unique and all had excellent wine. We thoroughly enjoyed putting together this article featuring the best wineries in Scottsdale. We hope you enjoy it too.
Note: You can order wine online from all of the wineries below.
Desert Rock Winery
As one of the newest Scottsdale wineries, Desert Rock Winery is head banging their way to the front of the pack. Its owner, Paul Hoffman, has both years of experience in the wine industry and musical ties. That combination has lead to a unique brand.
Wine tasting in Scottsdale is a little different at Desert Rock Winery. You hear rock music on the speakers and the atmosphere is very casual. It’s a lot of fun! While we were there, we chatted with Paul himself, and he showed us where they do all of their wine production, including bottling.
Wine tasting costs $10 and you can choose four options from their white, red, or sparkling wine selection. If you enjoy ciders, they also have a few options. For our tasting we chose to sample three wines and a cider. They all had a great depth of flavor.
Passion Cellars / Salvatore Vineyards
Located in the Stetson Plaza Shopping Center, the Passion Cellars and Salvatore Vineyards tasting room is cozy and comfy. With a passion for the growing Arizona wine industry, their wines have won many awards over the years.
This Scottsdale winery offers flights of five for $12 and also offers a sweet wine flight of three from Cabal Cellars for $8. They also have a small food menu, which includes delicious cheese boards. We really enjoyed the wines that we tried, especially the Moscato. They were all crisp and fruity.
Su Vino Winery
As the first Scottsdale winery, Su Vino Winery set the bar high. Known for their unique varietals and blends, they have won over 40 medals for their wines. We tried some of their wines at their hip tasting room in the Old Town District of Downtown Scottsdale.
A flight of five different wines costs $10 and they also offer appetizers and desserts. The cheese platter we ordered was phenomenal as well as the wines. Our favorite was the Summer Rain, a refreshing Riesling with a lovely green apple accent. We’re not surprised at all that they’ve won so many awards; they’re undoubtedly one of the best wineries in Arizona.
Aridus Wine Company
Another of the best Scottsdale wineries is Aridus Wine Company. Located on Scottsdale’s popular Main Street, their wines blend the best of Old World and New World wine styles.
The tasting room is very nicely decorated and the staff is great. During our visit, our server told us all about the wines and how they’re made. It was obvious he was very passionate about the subject. The wines themselves were bold and flavorful and we really enjoyed our flight of five wines for $10.
Carlson Creek Vineyard
With one of the largest vineyards in Arizona, this Scottsdale winery is growing quickly! The Carlson Creek Vineyard tasting room in Scottsdale is the prefect place to sample their different wines.
Located in what used to be an art gallery, the tasting room still features rotating artwork created by local artists that are all for sale. There is also a gorgeous 20-foot distressed copper bar and art deco tin ceiling.
For $12 you can sample five wines plus take home an insignia glass. They also offer cheese boards. We had a really nice time during our visit and thought the wines were perfectly balanced and smooth. Our server was also very attentive.
If you’re venturing out a bit and are looking for great wineries near Scottsdale, we recommend heading south to Garage-East in Gilbert. We were actually based in Gilbert for over a month while house sitting and love the food and bar scene there.
Garage-East is fun and funky; it’s got a different vibe than the Scottsdale wineries that we visited. It felt more like a hangout spot than a tasting room. And their wine flights come in what look like test tubes, instead of wine glasses.
A flight costs $12.50 and you get to sample six wines. They also have small bites like pretzels, cheese boards, and desserts. If you’re in the Gilbert area, we highly recommend stopping by Garage-East.
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Final Thoughts On Scottsdale Wineries
Wine tasting in Scottsdale was an ambitious goal to have, but one we were happy to research and complete. We think Arizona wines will continue to flourish and get recognition. Scottsdale is the perfect place to taste some of the best Arizona wines and we hope that this list of Scottsdale wineries inspires you to give them a visit and learn more about Arizona viticulture.