Pop a Cork in Page Springs, where the babbling of Oak Creek is in your face . . . red rock formations of Sedona . . . corn rows of twisted grape vines . . . tempting smells of smoky barbeque . . . all seem to express, “Come check out the wineries of Page Springs”. This trinity of sensational Arizona wineries, Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery, Oak Creek Vineyard & Winery, and Page Springs Cellars, are situated on a five mile stretch of winding country road between Page Springs and Cornville. These small farming communities are located 15 miles southwest of the celebrated Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona.
Equipped with an inviting tasting room and a refreshing Arizona room complete with patio, Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery offers a welcome respite from the unrelenting Arizona sun. This family operated, boutique winery, serves up a batch of friendly staff and comfortable ambiance to complement its award winning premium wines. Tasting flights, cheese plates and a full complement of appetizers keep Shelli and me coming back for more.
On our first visit we were introduced to the attitude and vision behind Javelina Leap’s success. While relaxing on the patio, a patron at the adjacent table leaned back, toppled from his chair and knocked over the potted plants scattering dirt and debris across the floor. Red-faced, the man stooped over and timidly began touching up his mess. A husky, blue jean clad vineyard worker seemed to appear from nowhere to assure him it was not a problem and thoroughly clean up the mess. When I complimented him on his handling of the incident, he introduced himself as; you guessed it, Rod Snapp the founder and owner of Javelina Leap Vineyard.
This active winery harvests approximately 60 tons of Arizona grown grapes per year producing about 3,000 cases of premium Arizona Javelina Leap wine. Rod’s invitation to visit the property and tour the winery is open to all.
Tasters Favorites include the “Four Wine Tasting Flight” (I prefer their reds), fresh cheese plate with veggies, cheese & cured deli meat, nuts, olives & assorted crackers, 10 inch pizza and smoked salmon.
Javelina is open daily from 11am am to 5pm pm and Fridays & Saturdays 11am – 6pm.
1565 Page Springs Rd.
Cornville, Arizona 86325
Phone: (928) 649-2681
So you brought a friend and you can’t leave him the car? It’s OK; Fido is welcome to join you in this pet-friendly winery. The Oak Creek Vineyard & Winery opened its doors in 2002 and has been serving delicious wine and hosting wine oriented events for thirteen years. Their website boasts the largest arrays of wine-oriented gifts and merchandise in Arizona.
Advertised as “Verde Valley’s best kept secret,” this boutique winery sits on ten acres that host 4,000 plants. Oak Creek Vineyard concentrates on growing five distinct varieties of grapes, Syrah, Merlot, Tempranillo, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. Selective growth enables this growing winery to produce a premium product.
Their tasting room offers a knotty pine bar with granite top and separate seating furnished with unique high back benches and small tables. The outdoor area is enjoyable most of the year with its covered patio and back yard tables complete with umbrellas.
Come for the wine, we found their Fume Blanc to be a very crisp, light wine, great for the Arizona summers. I enjoyed the full body and bold end inherent in the Syrah, this wine has a taste of chocolate. You will find their deli case stocked with cheeses, chocolates, olives, salami and other dry cured meats.
Oak Creek Winery is open daily 10am – 6pm. Happy Vino Hour is every Fri & Sat 6pm – 8pm.
1555 North Page Springs Road,
Cornville, Arizona 86325
Telephone: (928) 649-0290
This happening heap of grapes is where we like to begin our tasting and often the only winery we get to. It lies an hour-and-a-half north of Phoenix via I-17. This popular venue is housed in a vintage two story building with tasting rooms and restaurant above and active winery below. This frames the perfect setting for a page out of Wine Tasters Magazine. The winery grounds are fertile and well-appointed with vineyards, grape arbors, walkways and a detached tasting/viewing deck overhanging Oak Creek.
The interior of the main building at Page Springs Cellars is complete with gift shop, tasting rooms, lounge areas and wonderful deck seating overlooking the vineyards. Throughout the year they host bands, concerts and various events that appeal to all ages. Bridal parties and bachelor bashes from around the state venture to Page Springs Cellars to celebrate and inebriate. Wine is served with a full complement of appetizers and small plates throughout the establishment, all are deliciously prepared. Shaded by huge cottonwood trees, the attached patio/deck is perfect for wine tasting, enjoying a leisurely lunch, or just relaxing with friends and family.
I have found few wines at PSC that I was not carried away with. However, on a recent visit I enjoyed a red wine I highly recommend, the 2013 Mourvedre. This beautiful red is loaded with anise, white pepper, fresh tobacco, dried cherry and bergamot. This quality wine is aged in an older, neutral barrel, and presented with a well-balanced structure. If you like a little pepper in your finish, this wine is sure to please.
PSC is open 365 days per year, their hours are Mon-Wed: 11am -7pm and Thu-Sun: 11am – 9pm. Live music is provided Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
1500 N. Page Springs Road
Cornville, AZ 86325
Phone: (928) 639-3004
Whether you spend a day, week or lifetime exploring this gorgeous region of Arizona, stop by and pop a cork (or several) in one of these great wineries located near Page Springs, Arizona.
Driving From Sedona take SR 89a SOUTH, Exit LEFT onto Page Springs Road and travel 3 miles
From Cottonwood take SR 89a NORTH, Exit RIGHT onto Page Springs Road and Travel 3 miles.
From Phoenix (Direct Route) Take I-17 NORTH towards Flagstaff, Take Exit 293 and Turn LEFT onto E Cornville Rd, Continue 8 miles on E Cornville Rd, Turn RIGHT onto Page Springs Road and travl 3.8 miles.