The West is wine country

The West is home to the country's best wine regions. Explore them all and taste their best offerings, from the cult cabs of Napa to the Pinots of Willamette Valley

Wine Country Face-Off results

You voted, we counted: See which of these rivaling wine regions our readers would rather visit

Arizona wine country
Edward McCain

Southwest: Arizona vs. New Mexico

Arizona
When some enterprising winemakers realized that the high-desert terroir of Arizona's Verde Valley—warm days, cool nights, limestone soil—could produce great Syrahs, Zinfandels, and Grenaches, a new wine region took root. Our favorites include Page Springs Cellars, where you can have lunch and a flight on the deck overlooking the vineyards, and linger for bocce or a creekside massage. Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery is also a pleasant stop: bring a lunch, grab a bottle of Zinfandel or Barbera from the tasting room, and picnic in the mesquite grove. Those who prefer Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays should make a trip down to the Sonoita wine region, south of Tuscon.

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