If the D. A. Ranch is not on your radar, it should be. In 2002, the Petznick family purchased the historic Verde Valley Dancing Apache Ranch on Page Springs Road as a retreat, a place where the family would gather during the hot summer months. Today the property is a special event property, a working ranch, and home to a small, family-owned vineyard.
In 2006, to gentrify the grounds, the family planted a block of Syrah grapevines with the help of Eric Glomski of Page Springs Cellars. The grapes that eventually came from those vines were used to make a private label for the enjoyment of friends and family. Enough friends began asking to purchase the wines, so the family transitioned their private label into a full-fledged wine business. You might recognize the head wine maker, Joe Bechard, from famed Chateau Tumbleweed. The Petzniks tapped Jeff Hendricks and Yavapai College viticulture graduate, Andrew Villaverde, to manage the vineyards.
Less than 2 hours from Phoenix, the ranch is surrounded by mountains. The property is replete with mature trees, ponds and gardens. A handsome lodge is available for special events like weddings, family reunions, or corporate retreats. If you enjoy extricating yourself from the city to decompress, the D.A. Ranch should be on your list of Arizona places to visit. It doesn’t hurt that the wines are super tasty, too. Below are two of my favorites. The ranch is open to the public by appointment only. Visit the website for more information.