Water Canyon Winery in southern Utah offers tastings with charcuterie boards. Don't miss out on their organic, additive-free wines!
Did you know that Utah has a wine trail?
It's small, and it's new, but it's there!
We recently squeezed in a short vacation to Utah. The scenery was amazing; the hiking was epic! And it was our chance to see what Utah is bringing to the world of wine.
Water Canyon Winery, about an hour south of Zion National Park, gave us a fantastic wine tasting.
Are you planning a trip that will take you near the Utah-Arizona state border? Here's what to expect if you add Water Canyon Winery to your itinerary!
What Types of Wine Can I Expect?
The grapes at Water Canyon are organically grown. They produce Sangiovese, Barbera, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a few other varieties as well.
The wine is natural, with no added sugars, sulfites, preservatives or enzymes.
Check their website for a current wine menu, as well as pricing for tastings.
Wine Tasting at Water Canyon Winery
With two people, we were able to walk in without a reservation. If you have a larger group it would be good to call ahead and check.
The winery offers charcuterie plates along with their tastings. We loved having a more substantial snack to go with our wine choices.
We tried the Malbec, a red blend (aged in steel), and a cab franc (aged in steel).
They let us try adding oak cubes to our wine glasses to taste the difference between a non-oaked and oaked version of the wine.
We finished our tasting with a golden muscat, a sweet wine with bitter grapefruit notes.
It was a huge surprise to me — because I never like sweet wines, but this one was absolutely fabulous. I have to say this again – it was amazing. It's a fairly new product for them, and hopefully it will be available for sale along with the rest of their lineup very soon!
You can get a quick tour of their wine-making process (on request). We did this, and got to check out the fermenting tanks and bottling area.
Water Canyon also has a vintage Airstream trailer they rent out if you’d like to stay there. And they host events, like weddings, concerts, reunions, and more.
Water Canyon Resort, where you can rent cabins, is owned by the same family and is just a couple of blocks away.
Hildale is a tiny city, so there are limited restaurant options. Espresso Creek Coffee is just around the corner from the winery.
Interested in visiting more places on the Utah Wine Trail? Just ask for a Trail Pass from the winery to help you plot your course to four more destinations. We managed to fit in just one more: the brand new tasting room at Zion Vineyards.