New festival to showcase Arizona wines Sunday


I can remember just a few years ago when Arizona’s “wine industry” consisted of four small wineries that few people had heard of.

Today, many people would be surprised to learn the state has 39 licensed and bonded wineries, some of whose wines are served at the Valley’s finest restaurants.

While it still has a long way to go before it can be compared to California’s or Washington state’s, Arizona’s wine industry is booming, and the Arizona Wine Growers Association wants everyone to know it.

So 20 local wineries are banding together to put on the group’s first wine festival Sunday at The Farm at South Mountain.

The outdoor event, which runs 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., includes wine tastings, educational seminars, interactive exhibits, “people’s choice” awards and live music.

The participating wineries: Alcantara, Caduceus, Callaghan Vineyard, Canelo Hills, Coronado Vineyards, Dos Cabezas, Javelina Leap, Jerome Winery, Juniper Well Ranch Winery, Juniperwood Ranch, Keeling Schaefer, Kief Joshua Vineyards, Kokopelli, Lightning Ridge Cellars, Page Springs Cellars, Painted Lady Vineyard, Pillsbury, Rancho Rossa, Sonoita Vineyards and Su Vino Winery.

The $65 general admission includes all tastings and activities, as well as a picnic lunch.

A post-festival awards dinner will be held at The Farm’s Quiessence restaurant at 5 p.m. A limited number of tickets, which include a four-course meal prepared by chef Greg LaPrad, are separately priced at $125.

Arizona Wine Growers Festival at the Farm
1 to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: The Farm at South Mountain, 6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix
Admission: $65, which includes lunch and wine tastings
Info: (480) 306-5623 or

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