Willcox Wine Country Fall Festival Returns May 15 – 17, 2020
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Arizona’s largest and most beloved wine region is ready to break records this spring.
WILLCOX, Ariz. – Willcox Wine Country continues to grow and be recognized as the premier grape-growing region not only in Arizona but in the Southwest. Willcox produces over 75% of all wine grapes in the state. Most of the major awards garnered by Arizona wineries come from fruit grown in Willcox and Cochise County.
Last May, Beverage Testing Institute (tastings.com) hosted the first annual Willcox Wine Awards. The response from the judges was overwhelmingly positive. Two wines scored 95 points putting them in the top 1% of all wines worldwide judged - Carlson Creek Vineyard (AZ) 2014 Sangiovese and Pillsbury Wine Company (AZ) 2016 Diva Rhone Red Blend.
At the recent San Francisco Chronicle’s Wine Competition, 57 of the 83 wines from Arizona that medaled, were from Willcox or Cochise Country. Ten of the other wines had some percentage of Willcox grapes in them.
The May festival continues to expand onto Maley St. and increase the number of non-wine vendors. This spring, Maley will be home to the Willcox Wine Festival Vintage Village featuring over 20 vintage vendors. Guests will also find an Arizona Craft Beer tent featuring Four Peak Brewing and more entertainment.
Wineries featured at the fall festival include:
Arizona Stronghold Vineyards
Birds and Barrel Vineyards *
Bodega Pierce/Saeculum Cellars *
Caduceus Cellars & Merking Vineyards
Carlson Creek Vineyard *
Coronado Vineyards *
Deep Sky Vineyard
Golden Rule Vineyards *
Heart Wood Cellars
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards *
Page Springs Cellars
Pillsbury Wine Company *
*designates wineries with Willcox tasting rooms, which will also be open for business.
Friday, May 15th we will host our annual Award Benefit Dinner. Money raised at the dinner will help several charities in the Willcox community. The Wine Festival will be Saturday and Sunday 11 am till 5 pm.
Rated as one of the best wine festivals in North America by Fodor’s Travel, ideally located among the state’s primary grape-growing region. Pre-sale tickets are available at willcoxwinecountry.org for $20. Each ticket includes a commemorative wine glass and six tasting tickets, or for $25 guests receive a commemorative wine glass and 10 tasting tickets. Tickets may be purchased at entry. Designated drivers, underage family, and non-drinkers will be admitted at no charge.
For more information on Willcox Wine Country, vendor and sponsorship opportunities, please visit willcoxwinecountry.org or call show contact info
. For ongoing updates and news leading up to and during the Willcox Wine Country Fall Festival, connect with them on Facebook.
ABOUT COCHISE GRAHAM WINE COUNCIL, INC | WILLCOX WINE COUNTRY:
Cochise Graham Wine Council (formally Willcox Wine Country Partnership) is a consortium of Arizona Farm Wineries located in the Willcox area, Cochise and Graham counties in southeastern Arizona. The Willcox area leads the industry’s grape production by growing 74% of the state’s wine grapes and is the source of the most highly rated Arizona wines by Wine Spectator, with 45 wines rated 88-90 over the past 10 years. The area is designated the Willcox AVA (American Viticultural Area), making it federally recognized as a unique and distinctive wine-growing region in the United States. For more information visit www.willcoxwinecountry.org.