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11/6/2012 1:05:00 PM
Burning Tree Cellars now open in Old Town
Wine tasting room will eventually be a full winery
VVN/Philip WrightMitch Levy is one of the owners, along with Corey Turnbull, of Burning Tree Cellars wine tasting room at 1040 N. Main St. in Old Town Cottonwood.
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Mitch Levy is one of the owners, along with Corey Turnbull, of Burning Tree Cellars wine tasting room at 1040 N. Main St. in Old Town Cottonwood.
Burning Tree Cellars is the newest wine tasting room in Old Town Cottonwood. The business is a small-batch, boutique winery that makes wines that are ready to drink when they are sold. Shown are Aleia Woolsey tasting room associate and Mitch Levy one of the owners.
Burning Tree Cellars is the newest wine tasting room in Old Town Cottonwood. The business is a small-batch, boutique winery that makes wines that are ready to drink when they are sold. Shown are Aleia Woolsey tasting room associate and Mitch Levy one of the owners.

Philip Wright
Staff Reporter


COTTONWOOD - Mitch Levy and Corey Turnbull opened Burning Tree Cellars wine tasting room at 1040 N. Main St. in Old Town Cottonwood Aug. 2. The owners are active in the day-to-day operation of the business.

“We are a small-batch, boutique winery,” said Levy. “Our wines are ready to drink when we sell them.”

He explained that the winery makes between 25 cases and 125 cases of each wine. “This year we’re making 19 wines.”

Levy said they make their wine in the Verde Valley and they wanted their tasting room to be close to other tasting rooms.

“We were made welcome by the Town of Cottonwood and felt we were made to feel at home here,” Levy said. “This whole city has been wonderful.”

The tasting room has free Wi-Fi available, and customers are welcome to either bring in their own food or have it delivered by local businesses.

“We want people to come in here and relax,” Levy said.

“Every Friday and Saturday we have live music,” he said. “Depending on the weather, the entertainment will be outside or inside.”

A different group or solo entertainer will perform each weekend. The music begins at 6 p.m. and continues to 9 p.m.

Levy explained that the tasting room is available for private parties, and they plan to hold special events.

Burning Tree Cellars currently has five employees and will likely expand with a shipping department and eventual winery on location.

“We’re hoping in two years to be a winery,” Levy said. “I feel the Verde Valley will become the wine hub for the State of Arizona.”

Levy said he has opened restaurants in the past for other people.

“I have been in management for years in other communities,” he said. “My business partner, Corey Turnbull, is the manager at Page Springs Cellars.”

Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Call (928) 649-8733.

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