By Heather DeSousa

Discover Chino Valley’s Finest Wines in Truly Unique Locations

Wine: Winey Cats

Winey Cats provides a unique twist on wine pairings … and fosters a love for cats. Nestled in the heart of Chino Valley, this unique destination offers more than just fine wines and beautifully curated lawns to relax. It boasts a charming cat sanctuary where guests can admire adorable felines and make impactful donations.

In February 2021, the Bradshaw Mountain Wildlife Association, a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation, purchased a portion of Granite Creek Vineyards to relocate Uma’s Haven Cat Sanctuary from its former location. Combining the winery with the cat rescue, Winey Cats at Granite Creek Vineyards offers a unique tree-shaded oasis featuring wines from around the world and a space to enjoy music and friends. Uma’s Haven Cat Sanctuary provides lifelong care for cats rescued from “kill lists” or those whose owners have passed away, supported by donations for their ongoing care.

Winey Cats is the ideal venue for weddings, baby showers, bridal parties, networking events, and more! While they don’t currently serve food, you are welcome to bring in your own picnic basket to enjoy on the lawn.

Winey Cats is at Granite Creek Vineyards, 2515 North Road 1 East in Chino Valley. For upcoming events and current hours please visit:

On social media follow Winey Cats at Granite Creek Vineyard on Facebook or @WineyCatsGCV on Instagram.

Dine: Essence Kitchen + Bar. Owned and operated by Julia and Chef Jason, Essence is more than just a dining experience; it’s a cornerstone of community connection in Chino Valley. From Julia and Jason’s commitment to local produce from Yavapai College and hospitality programs with Chino Valley High School, to their annual fundraisers for local veterans, every detail reflects their dedication to their community.

Step inside Essence, and you’ll immediately feel the warmth and connection to the earth in the carefully curated interior ambiance. This cozy atmosphere perfectly complements the menu, which features local ingredients and scratch kitchen recipes.

Not only does Essence offer delicious cuisine, but it also provides opportunities for high school students to gain experience in both front- and back-of-house specialties. The restaurant hosts bi-monthly complimentary veterans’ lunches.

Essence Kitchen + Bar also proudly showcase a wine list featuring over seventy percent wines from women-owned wineries and vineyards. Whether you’re craving bacon-wrapped dates, a microgreen salad, or miso sake seabass, Essence welcomes you to savor its culinary delights and community spirit.

Essence Kitchen + Bar is at 1021 AZ-89 #104 in Chino Valley. They’re happily encouraging folks to call ahead or make reservations. Walk-ins are also welcomed! Learn more at Call ahead or make a reservation at 928.925.3888. On Facebook, follow Essence Kitchen + Bar. On Instagram follow @essence_of_az