The Wino

For the past 20 years, Maynard James Keenan has worked tirelessly to bring Arizona’s burgeoning wine industry to international attention. In the process, he has launched the award-winning Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards, introducing the world to some of Southwest’s most delicate and refined bottles -- campaigned for the Verde Valley’s certification as an American Viticultural Area (designated in 2021), all while growing a thriving local infrastructure and community across the region.

Our Vineyards

Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards maintains multiple vineyard sites across Arizona, including six vineyards situated amongst the stunning landscapes of the Verde Valley, as well as the Al Buhl Memorial Vineyards to the Southeast in Willcox. Our vineyards range in elevation from 3,300 to 4,900 ft. Our farming practices revolve around a low yield / high density philosophy. With 110 total acres under vine, the winery produces approximately fourteen thousand cases per year, across all of our brands.


Our most publicly visible site. Located in Old Town Cottonwood, the Galileo Block consists of Tempranillo, Garnacha, and Graciano. Wines produced from this site are available exclusively in the VSC Ventura Room.


The Judith Block, is located on a south east facing slope at 4900 ft. Less than a half acre each of Nebbiolo, Aglianico, and Tempranillo with a dash of Malvasia in between.


Located right on Oak Creek, this 2.5 acre plot is home to Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon.


The Agostino/Agostina block is a 3.5 acre plot and home to our Monastrell/Mourvedre, Albarino, Lulienga/Lignan Blanc, & Malvasia Bianca.


In early 2012, just outside of Cornville, AZ, we planted 30 acres on what we refer to as the Eliphante Block. Here we have mostly Italian clones, with a few Spanish and French as well.


The Al Buhl Memorial Vineyard lies at the eastern edge of Sulfur Springs Valley (alongside the Willcox Playa) in what is known as the Kansas Settlement.


The Yavapai Community College  Verde Valley Campus is located in the foothills of Mingus Mountain in Clarkdale.

Wine Club

Velvet Slipper Club

Get to know why so many people can't resist getting wine shipped direct every few months.

Become an active member of the exclusive Velvet Slipper Wine Club and take advantage of our most limited production wines with quarterly deliveries right to your door. Enjoy direct from the vineyard packaging of up to six individual bottles along with exclusive online and in-person club perks at our tasting room locations and website.

An exclusive, in-depth look at the history and mechanics of Caduceus Cellars. This unique experience includes a vineyard tour, facility tour, and top-notch guided tasting and Arizona tapas pairing featuring produce from our estate gardens. Enjoy a private, personal, and exclusive wine and dining experience lasting 90 minutes in total.

For a limited time, we have opened a few positions in every tier of the Velvet Slippers Club. Club Members receive 4 curated shipments per year and access to our most exclusive selections. These newly opened spots will not last long. Once a tier has reached capacity, it will be…