The Hive Winery
Humans have been making wine from everything from elderberries to bananas for centuries. Jay and Lori Yahne left engineering careers to make fruit wine in Layton. Trying to use local fruits—raspberries and currants from Weeks Berries in Paradise, honey from Cox Honeyland in Logan and cherries from the Payson Fruit Growers, they make wines and mead. Alcohol content ranges from 12.5 percent to 16 percent, and bottles sell for $17 to $35. Store and tasting room open Monday through Saturday from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. 220 W. Jack D Dr., Layton, 801-546-1997, thehivewinery.com

Kiler Grove Winegrowers
Michael Knight grew up in the middle of California wine country, so winemaking was always a part of his life. When he moved to Utah, he got a job as the winemaker for La Caille. “It gave me hands-on experience, and reconnected me with the wine culture,” he says. Knight set out to buy wine-growing land in California and found property on the Central Coast, perfect for Rhone varietals. With the grapes coming along, Knight needed a winery but ran into an inpenetrable wall of California red tape. Finally he decided to open his winery in Utah and ship the juice from his California vineyards—an unconventional but economically sound solution. Now, Knight blends and bottles Kiler Grove wines and sells them from a tasting room from 12 to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday all year long. 53 W. Truman Ave., SLC, 801-746-097, kilergrovewines.com



Spanish Valley Vineyards
Stacy and Cory Dezelsky grow and make wine from cabernet sauvignon, riesling, syrah and gewurtztraminer grapes. “I let the vines grow a full canopy and that shades the grapes so they don’t get too hot,” Stacy Dezelsky says, noting her cabernet gets a lot of hang time and that she harvests at a slightly lower sugar level than is usual. Spanish Valley’s late harvest riesling has achieved notable success. Because of state regulations, Spanish Valley is closed to visitors on Sundays and holidays. (Nearby Castle Creek Winery can remain open because it operates a restaurant.) But during the growing and harvest seasons, the vineyards and winery are open to visitors from 12 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 4710 Zimmerman Lane, Moab, 435-259-8134, moab-utah.com/spanishvalleywinery

Castle Creek Winery
Located 14 miles from downtown Moab and up the Colorado River, Castle Creek is everything you would hope for from a Utah winery. Huge red rock cliffs tower over the buildings, which overlook picturesque white water rapids. Originally Arches Winery, the operation was sold, moved to Castle Creek in 1998 and changed its name. Now the winery is sister to Red Cliffs Lodge and produces 8,000 cases using mostly locally grown pinot noir, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, chenin blanc and chardonnay. Daily tours and tastings are available. Milepost 14 Highway 128, Moab, 435-259-3332, castlecreekwinery.com

Stay and play
While Moab’s two local wineries are a good day trip for a visit south, don’t bank on the Utah wine scene to keep your schedule full. Make the most of your trip to red rock country with mountain biking, river rafting, hikes and scenic drives through neighboring Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Dead Horse Point State Park. Red Cliffs Lodge (Mile Post 14, Highway 128, Moab, 866-812-2002), home to the Castle Creek Winery, is nestled along the Colorado River and makes for an easy commute to the tasting room and vineyard. Visit discovermoab.com for more info.

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