Prescott's First Wine Tasting Room Celebrates Grand Opening

Written by Leah LeMoine Category: Openings/Closings Issue: September 2015

Prescott Winery, photo by Grace StufkoskyWhy should Cottonwood and Jerome have all the Northern Arizona wine-tasting fun? With the opening of its tasting room in July, Prescott Winery has finally put the historical preservation hub on the Arizona wine map.

The tasting room, which opened in July 2015 but celebrates its grand opening this Labor Day weekend, is the brainchild of former pilot Bill Smoot, a longtime wine enthusiast who began conceptualizing his own wine place after touring Arizona wineries and tasting rooms in Sonoita. While he considered various places around the country for his venture, he kept coming back to Prescott.

“I've always felt I'm at home here,” Smoot says in the press release for the winery's grand opening. “It just seemed to be the place.” He opened the shop just months ago in a historical home two blocks from Whiskey Row in Downtown Prescott.

To celebrate its grand opening and thank its first round of supportive patrons, Prescott Winery is hosting a bash this weekend with live music, complimentary gourmet nibbles from Soldi Creative Cuisine, $6 flights and a free Prescott Winery T-shirt with the purchase of a 10% off case of wine. You can also “Like” the winery on Facebook and be entered to win a free flight and T-shirt.

“It all else fails,” Smoot says. “at least I'll have plenty of wine to drink for the rest of my life.”

If you go:
Prescott Winery Grand Opening
September 4-7
216 N. Alarcon St., Prescott