New Mexico wineries have a rich history dating back to the 1600’s, and have the distinction of being part of the oldest wine making region in the United States. In 1629 the first grapevines were brought to what is now the state of New Mexico by Fray Gracia de Zuniga, a Franciscan and Antonio de Arteaga, a Capuchin monk.
One of the best-kept secrets in wine these days is the award-winning wines a handful of Arizona wineries are making. About 100 miles north of Phoenix, Arizona’s Verde Valley comprises several small communities: Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Cornville and Cottonwood as well as Jerome, Page Springs and Oak Creek. With cool evenings and warm, sunny days along with mineral-rich and well-drained volcanic soil, the climate is perfect for growing French and Italian-style grape varietals. Nearby Sedona is home to the beautiful red rocks where one can find tasting rooms showcasing many selections from Arizona wineries.
If you’re looking for a first-class southern California wine destination experience, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa has it all. Make no mistake, it’s a bustling place with tours, dining, weddings and accommodations; but it still somehow manages to retain a relaxed wine country vibe. The grounds are beautiful for strolling after lunch or dinner at the Vineyard Rose restaurant, the villas are romantic and private with vineyard views, and the wines are surprisingly good!