In southern Arizona, almost to the Mexican border, is a lovely region with wineries galore.
Between 2-3 hour drive from the Phoenix Valley (depending on where you start) south of Tucson by about an hour is Sonoita.
This region sits high at 5,000 feet elevation, making summer temperatures in the high 80’s rather than the 100’s of the valley. Combine the cooler temps with rainfall averaging 20 inches rather than the 6-8 inches of the city and wahla – fabulous for grapes.
The wineries have lovey patio’s where you can relax, sit in the shade and enjoy the moment.
Most of the wineries will sell you a glass with your tasting. Take that glass to your next winery for a discount on your tasting. And remember to bring your wine glasses back the next time too.
We visited Autumn Sage, they have a lovely wrap around patio on their tasting room, nestled among the vines, as well as benches overlooking the pond under the shade of tress. A relaxing location to enjoy the afternoon. I enjoyed a glass of their Counoise Estate, a light red wine perfect for enjoying on a summer day. – No photos sadly I was too in the moment enjoying to take out my phone. (I think that is a good thing!)
We then drove about 15 min past several other wineries to Rune Winery. They are still in the process of completing their tasting room, and had chairs set out under shade sails with a. spectacular view across the grassy slopes. We took home a couple of their Viognier bottles to enjoy later.
There is a Wine Tour Shuttle Service so plan your trip accordingly.
In the area you could also visit Kartchner Caverns, Tombstone and Bisbee