Just outside of Cottonwood, on a hillside overlooking the Verde Valley, sits a lovely Tuscan Villa that is Alcantara Winery. Owners Barbara and Bob Predmore started this winery with the goal of creating a wine community, and now they are in the center of one. Located at the confluence of the Verde River and Oak Creek, in between Cornville and Jerome, this area in the Verde River valley is perfect for growing the grapes. The 30 degree temperature differential between day and night is what grapes need to thrive, and that is what this region offers.
Barbara Predmore, a visionary who sees this region as the new Napa Valley, started her project in 2005. She is planning for explosive growth in the wine region and is slowly positioning Alcantara to be able to accommodate that growth. Current plans are for a bistro and a Bed & Breakfast.
The homey and attractive tasting room offers couches, tables or a bar for relaxing with a glass of wine. Weather permitting, the patio offers stunning vistas of the limestone hills and the immense Verde Valley.
On the tasting menu is a lovely Viognier with estate grown grapes, this wine was fruity with lots of floral and citrus flavors and finishing dry. Just what you want in a Viognier.
Also enjoyable of the 13 wines on the tasting menu is the 2009 Charbono. Also 100% estate grown grapes, this wine has a smoky raspberry and chocolate nose, with a finish of velvet on your tongue.
These two estate wines are an exciting example of the limestone terrior.
For more information, hours and directions visit: www.alcantaravineyard.com.