|Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival, April 12th and 13th|
In celebration of the 30th 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 12th and 13th, 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.”
The non-profit Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI) will host a two-day professional Chili cook-off. Cooks will come from as far as Texas in hopes of earning a spot in the National Chili 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.
Domingo De Grazie will be playing on Saturday, with AmoSphere headlining on Sunday.
FEATURED WINERIES INCLUDE:
From Verde Valley: Arizona Stronghold, Page Spring, Alcantara, Burning Tree and Cellar 433
From Willcox Wine Country: Keeling Schaefer, Golden Rule, Coronado, Carlson Creek, Zarpara, Gallifant Cellars, Sand-Reckoner and Lawrence Dunham
From Phoenix: Su Vino
From Sonoita: Callaghan, Sonoita, Lightning Ridge Cellars, Flying Leap, Village of Elgin, Charron and Kief-Joshua Vineyards
The cost of $20.00 per person includes 12 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.