2 Hours Water to Wine Kayak Trip from Cottonwood

Badge of ExcellenceSedona, USA
Combine The Fun Of A Verde River Float Trip With Wine Tasting
  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket


The perfect mix of outdoor adventure and relaxation, this tour combines a kayaking excursion with wine tasting in Arizona’s Verde Valley. Paddle down the Verde River in a kayak and stop at a vineyard for a sommelier-led tasting. Feel safe with a guide who can offer paddling and safety tips, as well as sharing information on the river’s flora and fauna.
  • Combine two fun activities—kayaking and wine-tasting—on this guided tour
  • Enjoy a leisurely paddle along the Verde River—suitable for all abilities
  • Taste wines from Arizona’s premier wine-growing region: the Verde Valley
  • Receive $20 credit to spend at the winery on tastings, snacks, or gifts

What's Included

  • Use of Inflatable kayaks, paddles and PFD's
  • Landing and facility fees
  • $20.00 Wine Tasting Credit Per Person (wine tastings, food or gifts)
  • Guides
  • Gratuities
  • Must be 21 year old and photo ID requied for any wine tastings

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 3445 S Grapevine Way, Cottonwood, AZ 86326, USA

    We meet you at the Alcantara Vineyards where you can park in designated Water to Wine parking, change into clothes if you need to in the outdoors changing rooms and meet your guide and shuttle driver who will take you and the other guest upstream about 15 minutes where your boats will be and your river adventure begins.

End point

  • 3445 S Grapevine Way, Cottonwood, AZ 86326, USA

    River trip floats back to the vineyard where you parked your vehicle.

What To Expect

Start your kayaking and vineyard combination tour at Alcantara Vineyards, where you can park and get ready in the on-site changing rooms. Conveniently, a shuttle takes you upstream to begin your kayaking journey on the Verde River. No need to worry about rushing to keep up with a group, as the experience is self-guided, with a route planned out for you.

The kayaking segments conclude under Cottonwood trees at the Oak Creek and Verde River confluence. Then, you can walk up the vineyard path to Alcantara Vineyard's Tuscan farmhouse to meet a sommelier. During your time at the winery, you can take advantage of the USD$20 credit included in your tour for guided tastings, food, or souvenirs before your experience ends.

Verde River

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Alcantara Vineyards and Winery

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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We had a great time on the water, then wine tasting. Great combo package. The staff was great and very informative with the group.


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Great Time with Friends
Matthew_G, Apr 2024
My friends and I had a great time on this trip! The kayaking was fun and not too difficult, and at the end everyone in the group got a $20 voucher for food and drink at the vineyard.
Great birthday/girls trip
Amy_B, Apr 2024
Charismatic tour guide (John) with a vast knowledge of the rive and history of the area! Trip was awesome! Exhilarating and tranquil wrapped into one. Work hard drink some wine! Lots of laughs!
Worth it!
Kevin_D, Apr 2024
So much fun. Enough ripples to get the heart rate going, but not enough for you to have a panic attack. We were skeptical because it was cold that week. The high was 56 Fahrenheit, but it was still an enjoyable experience. We weren't even thinking about the weather. The only time we got wet was when the water from the paddles would drip on our thighs.
Marci_M, Mar 2024
Amazing. The wine and food was amazing My second time and definitely not my last!!! the scenery was incredible
Great First Kayaking Experience
Deja_R, Nov 2023
This excursion is AMAZING! As a first time kayaker, Danny made the instructions super easy to follow and he was humorous. I can’t wait to start going kayaking more often and I will for sure be back to Water to Wine the next time I’m in Sedona!
Lovely experience, great service and fabulous memories!
Heaven_T, Oct 2023
My friend and I were in the area for just a few days to explore the Grand Canyon and the other beauty Arizona had to offer. To ensure we had a well-rounded trip, we booked this kayak tour and wine tasting as one of our last activities. It as amazing. When you arrive, you park near the boathouse and take a brief shuttle ride to the area where the kayaks let off. After a ~2 mile ride (with some surprise speed increases to keep things exciting) you end up right behind the boat house. From there, you can either take a bit of a walk to the winery or just hop in the car and drive. Everyone between the kayaking excursion and the winery was lovely. Thomas was fantastic and super helpful with the kayak instructions and Cassie was super knowledgable about all of the wines. When we went, there was a live performer out back at the winery and it was just an incredible experience. If you're looking to propose to someone soon, I could see this being a beautiful activity and setting to do it!
Verde River Kayaking
Annette_R, Oct 2023
It was very relaxing and the scenery is beautiful! Our tour guide was very informative about the area and gave great tips for kayaking’
Response from Host, Oct 2023
It's great to hear that you had a relaxing and enjoyable experience with beautiful scenery. Having an informative tour guide who provided valuable tips for kayaking must have made the trip even more enriching. Thank you for sharing your positive feedback, and I hope you have more outdoor adventures like this in the future! 😊
This is not a guided...
Nanette_L, Oct 2023
This is not a guided tour. It is a very costly experience for being a non-guided tour. It is a nice few hours out.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you for sharing your perspective. It's important for potential participants to be aware that this is not a guided tour but rather a self-guided experience. While the cost may be on the higher side for a non-guided tour, the opportunity to spend a few hours enjoying the outdoors can still be a pleasant and worthwhile experience for some. Your feedback helps others make informed decisions about whether this adventure aligns with their expectations and preferences.
Was just okay
Kendra_K, Sep 2023
We loved the inflatable kayaks and going down the river. It was fun and beautiful! The tour guide sent us a text message with directions the day before. There were two separate addresses in that message and neither one led to the right place. So this added stress and frustration. We ended up just Google-ing the name of the winery, which gave us the correct directions (Alcantara Vineyards). The kayaking was a highlight. Bring drinks! The winery is definitely a rip off and inflated the price of this tour. Next time I would just pay to kayak through the tour company and skip the winery. The wine tasting was very small portions and didn’t come with anything (no snacks/cheese/crackers); just 4 shot glasses of wine. There was live music which we liked.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
It's great to hear that you loved the inflatable kayaks and enjoyed the experience of going down the river. However, it's unfortunate that the communication regarding directions caused some stress and frustration. Your advice about bringing drinks for the kayaking portion is helpful for future participants to stay hydrated. The feedback about the winery experience is valuable as well, indicating that it may not have lived up to your expectations in terms of pricing and the wine tasting experience. It's good to know that you still enjoyed the live music. Your insights can assist others in making informed decisions when considering a similar adventure. Thank you for sharing your experience and observations.
So much fun
Margaret_S, Sep 2023
it was a great experience, my first time kayaking. Loved it! Matt gave very good instructions for our group and off we went.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
It's wonderful to hear that you had a great experience on your first kayaking adventure, and it's even better that you loved it! Getting clear and effective instructions from Matt made the trip enjoyable and allowed your group to set off confidently. Here's to more kayaking adventures in the future! 😊
Will do this again
Dottie_A, Sep 2023
Do this. Pure fun and relaxing and great wine and kayaking the gentle river was beautiful can’t say enough good things. The hostesses were friendly and happy and guides were truly fun
Response from Host, Oct 2023
It's fantastic to hear that you had such an enjoyable and memorable experience, filled with pure fun, relaxation, beautiful kayaking on the gentle river, and great wine. The combination of friendly and happy hostesses and fun guides added to the overall positive atmosphere. Thank you for sharing your positive feedback, and I hope more people have the chance to enjoy such an adventure! 😊
Fun and relaxing time for all
Marianne_I, Sep 2023
Fun, easy felt very safe. Water was a little low and slow but overall we had fun. Beautiful nature. We were able to ride to the beach walk up to winery and listen to live music while sitting outdoors in a beautiful setting.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
It sounds like you had a fun and enjoyable experience, feeling safe throughout the journey. While the water may have been a bit low and slow, the beautiful natural surroundings and the ability to ride to the beach, visit the winery, and enjoy live music in an outdoor, picturesque setting made for a well-rounded and enjoyable day. Thank you for sharing your experience! 😊
MEcation Perfection!
Karen_W, Sep 2023
I had such an exciting, fun, challenging, beautiful, thrilling experience kayaking down the Verde. My guide Emily was incredible! Her excitement for nature and and all things beautiful was contagious. It really was an experience I'll never forget. The wine tasting afterwards at Alcantara was the perfect cherry on top of this experience. I did a tasting, had the individual cheese plate and the caprese which were both great and while I sat outside to enjoy all of the above I was greeted by some resident vineyard cats playing around. My goal in life is to become a resident cat at Alcantara. My experience overall was wonderful! Thank you!
Response from Host, Oct 2023
It's clear that you had an amazing and memorable experience kayaking down the Verde River, and Emily, your guide, played a significant role in making it special with her enthusiasm for nature and the beauty of the surroundings. Your description of the experience being exciting, fun, challenging, and thrilling shows how impactful it was. The wine tasting at Alcantara, along with the delicious cheese plate and caprese, provided the perfect conclusion to the adventure. And who can resist the charm of resident vineyard cats? Your goal of becoming a resident cat at Alcantara sounds like a wonderful aspiration! Thank you for sharing your fantastic experience, and here's to more adventures like this in the future! 😸🚣‍♀️🍷
Wear flip flops
Denise_G, Sep 2023
View was great. rapids were fun. Unfortunately my back rest deflated. I suggested flip flops. I wore sneakers and tried to walk to the bathroom at the end & ended up with 60+ thorns. Vineyard was really cute & cheese plate was really good
Response from Host, Oct 2023
It's great to hear that you enjoyed the beautiful views and the fun rapids during your trip. It's unfortunate that your backrest deflated, which can be an inconvenience. Your suggestion of wearing flip-flops for river adventures is a good one, as they are less likely to trap thorns and debris. The vineyard visit seems to have been a delightful experience, with a cute setting and a delicious cheese plate to complement the wine tasting. Despite the minor setbacks, it sounds like you had an overall positive adventure. Thank you for sharing your experience! 😊
Fun in the Sun in Arizona!
Renee_J, Sep 2023
We had a great time on the water, then wine tasting. Great combo package. The staff was great and very informative with the group.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
It's wonderful to hear that you had a great time on the water and enjoyed the combination of water activities followed by wine tasting. The informative staff likely enhanced your experience, ensuring you had a fantastic day. Combining outdoor adventures with wine tasting can make for a memorable and well-rounded day. Thanks for sharing your positive feedback! 😊
Fun adventure!
Mateo_B, Aug 2023
Such a fun and unique adventure!! Time on the river was amazing and we even got to see an owl with its nest! The winery is beautiful and everyone there is so nice! Great wine too(:
Response from Host, Oct 2023
It sounds like you had an incredibly fun and unique adventure! Enjoying the time on the river and even spotting an owl with its nest must have added to the magic of the experience. The beautiful winery and the hospitality of the staff made the trip even more special, and great wine is the perfect way to cap off such an adventure. Thank you for sharing your delightful experience! 😊
We had a great time...
Nicole_K, Jul 2023
We had a great time kayaking on the verde river! It was a great experience for my sister’s bachelorette!
Response from Host, Oct 2023
I'm delighted to hear that you had a great time kayaking on the Verde River, and it sounds like a wonderful choice for your sister's bachelorette celebration. Outdoor activities like kayaking can be a fun and memorable way to spend time with loved ones. Wishing your sister all the best in her upcoming marriage and more great adventures in the future! 😊
The best trip on the Verde River!
Michelle_D, Jun 2023
We have done this Water to Wine trip every year for the past 3 years, this was definitely the BEST trip! Our guide, Matthew was awesome! The water level was the best it has been (for us), and the water flow was perfect. An absolutely perfect trip on the Verde River followed by some great wine and food at Alcantara!
Response from Host, Oct 2023
It's fantastic to hear that your Water to Wine trip has been an annual tradition, and this year's experience was the best yet! Having an awesome guide like Matthew and ideal water conditions certainly enhanced the enjoyment of the trip. Ending the adventure with great wine and food at Alcantara must have been the perfect way to conclude the day. It's clear you had an absolutely perfect outing on the Verde River, and here's to many more wonderful trips in the future! 😊
The rapids were the most...
Debbie_W, Jun 2023
The rapids were the most fun. Everyone we met in the river were very friendly. The staff was very accommodating and helpful. Would highly recommend water to wine as a different experience.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
It's great to hear that you had a lot of fun navigating the rapids and that the people you met in the river were friendly. The accommodating and helpful staff likely played a significant role in making the experience enjoyable. Recommending "water to wine" as a different and unique experience is a great endorsement for others looking to try it out. Thank you for sharing your positive feedback! 😊
So Relaxing!
Nadia_J, Jun 2023
The river was pretty calm. There were only a few places where you actually needed to paddle but otherwise a relaxing float down the river. The kayak staff was friendly and had great communication. The winery staff was friendly. Wines were good. Food was good. Definitely recommend!!
Response from Host, Oct 2023
It's great to hear that you had a relaxing and enjoyable float down the river, with just a few places requiring paddling. Friendly and communicative kayak staff can make the experience even better, and it's wonderful that the winery staff was also friendly. Good wine and food at the winery added to the overall positive experience. Thank you for your recommendation, and I'm sure it will help others decide to give it a try as well! 😊

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