Featured Arizona Wineries – 2017
Sedona Winefest is proud to feature some of Arizona’s finest wineries. Each winery offers a distinct profile of flavors specific to the region and vineyard where the grapes are grown. Surprisingly, Arizona’s climate has proven to be perfect for wine growers, as it rivals many of the historic vineyards locations in Europe. Wine experts from each winery will teach you about their offerings so you can select the wines best suited to your palate and the foods it best pairs with. September usually marks the end of harvest in the vineyards of Arizona, and is the ideal time of year to savor the unique tastes and aromas each winery offers.
Below are the wineries participating in 2017. In total, 21 Wineries will share their wonderful wines with Sedona Winefest attendees.
Eric Glomski & Maynard Keenan purchased the historic Dos Cabezas Vineyards in early 2007 and renamed the Willcox vines Arizona Stronghold Vineyards. They believe the soils and climate at the vineyard stand up to the finest in the world, feeling strongly that their wines express, first and foremost, Arizona, and secondarily the grapes and hands of the vignerons involved. They believe that great wine doesn’t have to be expensive; it doesn’t have to be pretentious; and it doesn’t have to be hard to find. Their tasting room recently opened in Old Town Cottonwood in Northern Arizona.
Burning Tree Cellars specializes in small batch, meticulously maintained, boutique wines utilizing the finest available fruit sources, quality oak, and patience.Our wines will never be pushed through chain supermarkets or over marketed, but rather built through the power of suggestion and knowledge that we are all part of something special. These wines are, and always will be for each other, our families, and our friends.
Expression comes in many forms. Let ours be known as Liquid Love Letters & Time Capsules. Our mission at Caduceus Cellars is to accurately capture and bottle sunlight and fleeting moments from specific places. Your mission is to set them free. Our gift to you and yours. May these Liquid Love Letters & Time Capsules become the New Staff of the messenger Hermes, the Herald of Temporality and Transformation, Commerce and Communication, Eloquence, Intellect, and Change.
Carlson Creek Vineyard is dedicated to the production of fine wine from Arizona. We are family owned and operated. Although we are a young company, we are filled with a passion for the grape vine. Our vineyard’s elevation provides a perfect climate for growing wine grapes. Come and visit us in our new Willcox tasting room.
Cellar 433 is the home for all of the Arizona wines grown, produced and bottled exclusively by Winemaker and Vineyard Manager, John McLoughlin from Willcox, AZ. You knew us as Jerome Winery and Bitter Creek Winery. Now you can easily find the diverse single varietals and creative blends of Arizona wines you already know and love in one place.
At Page Springs Cellars and Arizona Stronghold Vineyards our goal is to create delicious wines that express the unique character of our landscape. We trust that our wines and our winemaking convey our philosophies concerning family, education and living life to its fullest. Good wine is not strictly the esoteric fare of nobility; wine is for the people.- Eric Glomski (founder/vigneron)
I am committed to making regional wines, wines from this place. We do not import grapes or wine. The wines we make at Pillsbury Wine Company come from this region, I know we can make phenomenal wines from this vineyard. The reds are distinctively fragrant, powerful and complex, and the whites have a unique viscous quality, with pronounced tropical fruit characters. I am partial to Rhone varieties, and want to plant Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Malvasia and Viognier. One of my ambitions has always been to make a great Arizona Chateauneuf, and here we have what it takes.
Su Vino Winery, Scottsdale, is a family owned and operated winery located in the Arts District of Downtown Scottsdale. Su Vino is an award winning winery having garnered over 40 medals in International competitions and we are the first and only winery in the Scottsdale area.
Four Tails Vineyard is nestled at the base of the Dragoon Mountains in Pearce, AZ. We are located three miles West of Historic Downtown Pearce. The property offers breathtaking views of the Cochise Stronghold and Chiricahua mountain range.
Kief-Joshua Vineyards offers a magnificent view of the beautiful mountain ranges of Sonoita and is the perfect setting to taste our acclaimed wines. Private tastings are offered by reservation only at our original location in Elgin, which delivers the ultimate wine country experience. Upon entering, guests immediately feel the warm Italian Gothic ambiance of this elegant setting in an area that has become known as “winery row.” Visitors may taste Kief-Joshua’s Classic Wines at the tasting bar, where new releases such as the Tempranillo, and favorites such as the Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel are available. Or, choose to peruse the Wine Shop for that perfect wine country gift or souvenir. Most tastings are hosted by Kief Manning, winemaker.
Bodega Pierce highlights wines made exclusively from grapes grown at our family’s estate vineyard in Willcox, AZ. The wines are designed to express the high desert terroir of the Willcox Bench that we have found to be unsurpassed in producing spectacular world class wines. We aim to provide Arizona wine drinkers with a consistent product that over-delivers on quality. Take a moment to savor the time, the place and the people around you when drinking our wines. Cheers and Salud! Visit our tasting room at 4511 E Robbs Rd, Willcox, AZ 85643
Chateau Tumbleweed is a collaboration of four friends – two husband-and-wife teams – who, after working more than 30 combined years for other Arizona wineries, recently left their “day jobs” to focus on their own project. We have a great friendship, a penchant for absurdity and complementary skills in vineyard management, winemaking, sales and administration. We crafted our first wine – only three barrels – in 2011. After three vintages of making our wine at the Four-Eight Wineworks Winemaker’s Cooperative in Camp Verde (2012-2014), we took the plunge, purchased the building we’d been eying for the previous year and converted it into one of Clarkdale’s first commercial wineries and tasting rooms.
FOUR EIGHT WINEWORKS WINE MAKERS CO-OPERATIVE. INCUBATOR. PASSION VORTEX. METAPHORICAL LEG UP. GROUND ZERO FOR THE INFINITE POSSIBILITIES AND PATHS EACH OF OUR INDIVIDUAL TENANTS WILL MANIFEST.
Welcome to the Village of Elgin, the Heart of the Arizona Wine Country. Wines made from grapes grown in Southern Arizona, from the Sonoita AVA, Wilcox Playa and Bowie. We still produce our wines in the traditional fashion, hand harvesting, sorting and foot stomping the reds. The wines are aged in French Oak, Hungarian Oak, Italian Chestnut and Stainless Steel. The winery has moved to the Stelvin ROPP cap and all of our wine bottlings from 2007 onward shall be in screw cap.
The premier academic center for Viticulture and Enology in the Southwest extends its mission to be the supporting center for growers and winemakers in the region. The Southwest Wine Center ensures a trained workforce for the regional wine industry, serves as a catalyst for data collection and information sharing, provides a sounding board for emerging entrepreneurs, and creates unique collaboration opportunities in the business community.
The Southwest Wine Center is taking the initiative in developing “best practices” for arid region wine making and grape growing. Our winery is designed to be a state-of-the-art LEED Certified facility, emphasizing efficiency in our buildings heating, cooling, lighting and insulation techniques. Going beyond sustainable certification, the building’s large roof will collect water for storage, making the Southwest Wine Center a Zero-Water Use Facility.
Salt Mine Vineyard