From dry deserts to heavy amounts of snow, the climate of the Southwestern region of the United States is about as diverse as their wines. In this installation of our Wine Nation Series we explore some of the history and popular wineries of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma.
In the high altitudes of the deserts of Arizona we have the 3 major wine regions in the state: Sonoita, Verde, and Willcox. Since the ‘70s, these areas have been at the top of their wine game, winning several awards and even producing wine that has been served in the White House. These regions provide many things to do that add to the wine tasting experience. The Sonoita Trail is surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges that have made it a go-to place for hikers. The Willcox Trail has a popular art show where locals can show off their work. Lastly, the Verde trail has many cozy bed and breakfasts, as well as high-end luxury resorts for visitors to enjoy. A stay in Arizona wine country is beautiful and exciting!
For more info visit: Arizona Wine
3. NEW MEXICO
Long before New Mexico was part of the United States, Spanish conquistadors settled here and brought with them their grape growing culture. From popular wine events, like Las Cruces Wine Festival, to the New Mexico Wine Trail that offers dozens of exclusive vineyards for New Mexicans and tourists to explore, the grape culture the Spanish brought with them back in the 1600s is still live, well and growing!
For more information: Wine Country, New Mexico
After having a rough time with Prohibition, Colorado has sprouted over 130 wineries and almost 1,000 acres of some of the highest elevated vineyards in the world. In the heart of the Colorado wine country lies in the city of Grand Junction. In 2015, Grand Junction was named the best alternative to Napa Valley! With more than 20 wineries to explore, Grand Junction offers a perfect combination of scenery, dining, and of course, wine.
To learn more go to: Colorado Wine
The wine scene in Oklahoma has been growing in recent years and in Central Oklahoma you’ll find two amazing wineries. The first, Tres Suenos Vineyard and Winery, is just northeast of Oklahoma City’s metropolitan area and has been on the scene for almost 20 years. The winery has become a popular site to hold weddings due to its elaborate decoration. It also holds some of the state’s most renowned wine like their Charter Oak and Viognier. The second winery is the Stableridge Vineyard and Winery. Located on the famous Route 66, the winery gives an interesting tour of their vineyards and wine-making facilities, where people about the wine and its history. Their tasting room has served some of the best wines in Oklahoma, which they pair with cheesecake to help bring out the taste in the wine.
Interested in Tres Suenos Vineyard and Winery? Click the link for more info: Tres Suenos Vineyard and Winery
Interested in the Stableride Vineyard and Winery? Click the link for more info: Stableride Vineyard and Winery
What a journey we’ve had through the vineyards and wineries of each region. We hope we’ve peaked your interest enough for you to go visit some of these areas. So Carpe Diem and get your wine on!