Over 75% of wine grapes grown in Arizona come from the Wilcox and Sonoita area. When traveling through Sedona and the Verde Valley, you’ll find grapes growing in Page Springs, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Clarkdale the Village of Oak Creek and Jerome, yet no commercial wineries exist in Sedona. It’s interesting to note, that the first commercial vineyard in Arizona was just outside of Sedona. The owner of Red Rock Winery, Henry Schuerman, a baker from Germany and his wife Dorette had 76 acres under vine close to Sedona. They planted Zinfandel and supplied miners and other locals with their single varietal wine. Unfortunately, Schuerman was arrested during Prohibition and lost his vines as Oak creek changed it’s course and ruined the vineyard, with few vines surviving.
It took until the 1970’s for the Arizona wine industry to reboot again and it’s growing almost exponentially in both the Northern and Southern parts of the State. Winning the “Best in Show” at the San Francisco Chronicles wine competition in both Viognier and Montepulciano, along with multiple Gold and Double Gold Medals, Arizona can be very proud of our growth. achievements and delicious wine.
As the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours by Sedona Delivers, LLC, I’m pleased to announce that we’ll be participating in #IndieWeekAZ by #LocaFirstAZ. When you #BuyLocal from a locally owned independent business, up to four times more money stays in the local economy than utilizing national chains, which adds up to more dollars supporting local jobs, services, and our community.
This offer will include a private, customized wine tour where you’ll experience unique wine varietals and learn about Arizona Wine History. Or try a beer tour to our delightful microbreweries and learn interesting tidbits on beer.
Call 928-963-1866 between July 1 - July 9 to receive and use your Golden Coupon for a 20% discount on a custom Wine and/or Beer Tour.*
*Cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer valid July 1-9, 2017.
www.sedonadelivers.com 928-963-1866 #SedonaWineandBeerTours
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours and is studying for her CSW and sommelier certificates.