|Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival, April 18th and 19th|
In celebration of the 31th anniversary of Arizona’s original and only American Viticulture Area (AVA), Kief-Joshua Vineyards will be hosting the Third Annual Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival, featuring 20 Arizona Wineries in one location, on April 18th and 19th, 2015, from 11 am to 5 pm.
The day will be filled with new wine releases, fabulous winemakers, great wine, food vendors, a professional two-day chili cook-off and live music.
“We are once again bringing together winemakers from all across Arizona,” states winemaker and host Kief Manning. “This year we want to celebrate that on October 26, 1984 the Sonoita/Elgin Wine Growing Region was granted AVA status, making it one of oldest federal government granted viticulture areas in the United States.”
Alcantara Winery and Vineyard
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards
Lightning Ridge Cellars
Page Springs Cellars
Zarpara Vineyard and Winery
Village of Elgin Winery
Amundson Family Vineyards
Golden Rule Vineyards
Carlson Creek Vineyard
Su Vino Winery
Burning Tree Cellars
Flying Leap Vineyards
Usual Suspects 11am-2pm
Top Dead Center 11am-2pm
The Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) will host a regional two-day professional Chili cook-off. Cooks from as far as Texas will be competing for a spot in the national challenge. Guests can taste the chili and join in the People’s Choice, with proceeds benefitting the Mountain Empire Rotary Club, who plans to erect a playground in the area with the proceeds.
The cost of $25.00 per person includes 10 wine tastings and a souvenir glass. Guests who return on Sunday with their ticket stubs and festival glasses will recieve wine tasting discounts.
Gates will open at 10 am. For more information, visit www.kj-vineyards.com or call 520-455-5582.
The tasting room at Kief-Joshua Vineyards is open seven days a week and is located at 370 Elgin Road, Elgin, AZ. The Sonoita Wine Trail is Arizona’s original and oldest wine-growing region. The festival is a perfect and affordable event for the entire family.
From Phoenix or Tucson: From Highway 10, take exit #281-- Rte 83 to Sonoita. Stay on 83 until you come to Elgin Road (mile marker 28) and turn left. Kief-Joshua Vineyards will be 3.7 miles on your left.
From Sierra Vista: I 90 to Rte 82 West, turn left on Upper Elgin Rd., the winery is 1 mile past the bridge on the right.