Kief-Joshua Vineyards

Professional Chili Cook-off with Winemaker Faux “Chopped” Cooking Challenge Set for April 13th, 2019 at Kief-Joshua Vineyards

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Kief-Joshua Vineyards will once again host a "faux" winemaker chopped cooking challenge and the non-profit Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) in a professional Chili cook-off, where cooks from the Southwest will be competing for a spot in the national challenge, on April 13th, 2019, from 11 am to 5 pm.

"We are also having a People Choice chili cook-off for our guests who want partake in the festivities," states Kief Manning, winemaker.  "Those who want to complete simply show up at 10 am with five pounds of chili, utensils to pour and a card table. It's always a fun event."   For a $10 donation to Rotary, guests can also taste both the competition chili and People’s Choice chili’s while supplies last. Proceeds benefit the Mountain Empire Rotary Club.

For added fun, four winemakers will also be competing in a faux-episode of Food Networks hit show “Chopped.”   Ann Roncone of Lightning Ridge Cellars, Cory Whalin of Su Vino Winery, and Ruth Graham of Golden Rule Vineyards and Kief Manning of Kief-Joshua Vineyards will be competing. The judges will include three area chefs.


These five wineries will be offering wine and spirit tasting

* Elgin Winery and Distillery

* Golden Rule Vineyards

*Kief-Joshua Vineyards

*Lightning Ridge Cellars

*Su Vino Winery


Live Music

Jenny Jarnigan  11-2

Angel Diamond with Rhythm Jax 2-5



11 am to 2 pm  Chili Tasting (or while supplies lasts) and Live Music

11 am to 2 pm.  Music by Blaine Long, mostly originals, Seen on Blake Shelton’s the Voice.

1 pm  Professional cooks turn in chili for Judging

2 – 4 pm  Faux “Chopped” Cooking Challenge


The cost is $15 for five wine tastings.  Advanced tickets can be purchased at  For more information, please contact Kief-Joshua Vineyards at or call 520-455-5582.

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.


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Harvest Feast Dinner, October 12, 6 pm

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Magdelena Bash Harvst Festival, Septmeber 21th, 11 to 5

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In celebration of this year’s harvest, Kief-Joshua Vineyards will host the tenth annual Magdelena Bash & Harvest Festival on September 21, from 11 am to 5 pm.
Several new Arizona wine releases.  Food vendors,  A tattoo artist and much more are featured at this year's harvest Festival.

New wine releases include:
* 2016 Malvasia Bianca

* 2016 Magdelena, 80% Barbara 20% Cabernet Franc

  • New summer whites

Live musical performances include:
TBD, 11a-2pm
TBD, 2-5pm

Several Vendors include:
Henna tattoo artists, caramels & chocolates, pistachio farmers, goat milk soaps, photography artists, food trucks and more will be here for your enjoyment.

Tasting fees:  $15 grants customers a souvenir glass and 5 (1oz) pours. Tickets available at the door or at <>

For more information, please visit or call 520-455-5582.
From Tucson: From Highway 10, take 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. We are two doors down from Callaghan Vineyards.

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. We are open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours and Private Tastings are available by appointment. Absolutely no alcohol can be brought onto the property. No exceptions will be made.

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Dinner In the Vines, June 1st

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Kief-Joshua Vineyards is pleased to announce the annual Dinner in the Vines celebration will be held on June 23rd at 6 pm.  Details coming!

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Past Events

3/3/2019 - Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival, March 2-3, 2019
12/27/2018 - Whiskey and Wine at Kief-Joshua- Willcox, December 15th, 11 am to 5 pm
7/31/2017 - Grapes and Goodies: Tricks and Treats at the Kief-Joshua Vineyards
2/1/2009 - Kief-Joshua Wines Served at Wriggley Mansion
8/1/2008 - Pressing Grapes in 2008
3/1/2008 - 2009 Tempranillo