I have never EVER heard of Cornville, Arizona, before I read about it’s wineries in Sunset magazine. I love wine, period. Page Springs Cellars in Cornville was the last stop on our Verde Valley tour. I was thirsty and dying for a tasting. The drive from Jerome to Cornville was about 15 minutes. We took 89A (of course) to Page Springs Road. The landscape on 89A was high desert, the usual. But I swear as we turned on to Page Springs Road it was like being transported to Napa, on a smaller scale. Huge Cottonwood trees everywhere, the road was windy but not anything to get car sick about. There were a few campgrounds alongside Oak Creek, a very beautiful creek running quite well this time of year. We passed a few other wineries along the way, but were intent on visiting Page Springs first. As we pulled into the driveway, a simple black and white sign greeted us. The parking lot was quite full, that is usually a good sign of good wine. The parking lot was surrounded by Grenache vines. We made our way into the main lobby/tasting area. It was very tastefully decorated. There was a V.I.P area for members that was appointed with nice furniture and had full service. I b-lined for the tasting bar and ordered two of the Arizona Flights. Five tastings of their red blends. I loved all of them. The outdoor deck seemed like a tree house, high up above the springs and vineyard, in the shade of large Cottonwood trees. A spring from Oak Creek runs thought the vineyard, watering the vines. We secured a table and quietly sat and enjoyed the shade, wine and the view. We did not chose to eat there, which we would later regret. But looking around at other patrons food selections, I could tell it was good. The staff were very nice and knowledgeable about the wines. There was nothing pretentious about this winery. Some patrons were snobby, but that is always to be expected. Most were willing to engage in conversation with us. I wanted to see what else the winery had to offer. We took a walk around and found an amazing little trail that led us to a vine covered pergola and picnic area overlooking Oak Creek. The sound of the water made me SO happy. Page Springs also offers a massage out in the vineyard. Their gift shop has some funky wineglasses, shirts, artwork, and local gift items. I really enjoyed my time at Page Springs Cellars. The wine I sampled was super good. Next time I am going to order lots of food and nosh out!! This is a great place to take out of town guests on a day trip from Phoenix. The drive is easy and scenic, and you are only a hop, skip and jump away from Sedona, Jerome, Cottonwood.
Page Springs Cellars 1500 North Page Springs Road, Cornville, Arizona. (928) 639-3004 www.pagespringscellars.com To learn more.