Starting in Sedona, this wine tour is great if you not only want to sample local wines, but get to revel in the landscape and local history of the area. After leaving red rock country to the east, we head through Old Town Cottonwood, Clarkdale, and onto historic Jerome.
Prior to Arizona becoming a state in 1912, Jerome was one of the wildest towns in Arizona. At one time it had the largest copper mines in the state which closed down in 1959. Many say there is more vertical depth to Jerome than horizontal with all the mine shafts still in existence throughout Cleopatra Hill.
Although the population here was once 15,000 when the mines were in full operation, the town has now dwindled to just 500 residents. Don’t let that fool you in terms of its character. Jerome is a happening town with great restaurants (our favorite is The Haunted Hamburger), interesting and unique galleries, unusual architecture, historic buildings, a “sliding” jail, a haunted hotel, a really interesting mining museum, two cool bars in which to meet the real locals, and several wine tasting rooms.
While here you have the opportunity to sample wines from Echo Canyon, the first vineyard in northern Arizona. If you are a fan of the bands Tool, Pucifer, or A Perfect Circle, you are sure to want to visit James Maynard Keenan’s place Caduceus Cellars. Jerome Winery and Bittercreek Winery have joined forces to share their wines with you under one room. And just down the road is Passion Cellars which offers a 10% discount on their wines to our guests.
This tour includes water, three wine tastings, and a cheese plate (or comparable food item). It is a vehicle base tour, lasts about 4 hours, and costs just $185 per adult. If you wish to extend your tour beyond three hours, it’s just $35 per hour per adult more.