The Festival at The Farm celebrates success of Arizona’s wineries
PHOENIX – The Arizona Wine Growers Association will celebrate another year of rising national acclaim by raising a glass with the public on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at The Festival at The Farm.
Set among the pecan groves of Phoenix’s intimate Farm at South Mountain, the sixth annual festival is a perfect way to sample the best wines from across Arizona all in one place. More than 30 local wineries are expected to attend, representing growing regions from the Verde Valley in the north, Sonoita and Elgin in the south, and Willcox in southeastern Arizona.
The festival will be from 1 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now: $65 for the public and $60 for AWGA members. Tickets will be $75 at the door.
The festival will include:
- A wine tasting with more than 30 participating Arizona wineries.
- A picnic lunch prepared by The Farm Kitchen, as well as tasty treats from other local Arizona favorites.
- A high-energy live auction and silent auction.
- Educational seminars.
The Festival will be preceded by a special event on Friday, November 14, 2014. The “Celebration of the Arizona Wine Growers” is an opportunity to meet and mingle with winemakers from across the state as they anticipate and then celebrate the winners of this year’s annual wine competition. The event will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Stone Grove at The Farm at South Mountain.
The winemaker celebration is open to the public, but capped at 100 guests. This special event includes an awards reception followed by specially prepared hors d’oeuvres using local produce. Appetizers and desserts will be paired with winning wines from the 2014 Arizona Grower’s Cup and Winemaker’s Medal Competition. The winning winemakers will be present to discuss their wine and winemaking philosophy. Tickets for this special event are on sale now for $75.
Learn more – join the AWGA or get your tickets now by visiting www.arizonawine.org.
About Arizona wine
The Arizona wine industry is one of the fastest growing value-added industries in the state creating jobs and wealth while preserving sustainable agriculture statewide. In 1980 there were less than 10 wineries in Arizona. Today there are more than 90 Licensed and bonded wineries, with more in the development phase. The number of vineyard acres has grown dramatically, and many new vineyards and wineries are planned. The Arizona Wine Growers Association (AWGA) represents these family businesses and supports grape growers and wineries statewide through education, representation, advocacy, and promotion of Arizona wine and sustainable grape growing.
Arizona wine has an estimated economic impact of $38 million and growing, according to a recent study funded by the Arizona Office of Tourism and completed by Northern Arizona University. The state’s wine is surging in popularity, earning national acclaim from Wine Spectator to Sunset Magazine to USA Today. Arizona wine also has been served at James Beard House dinners and poured at the White House. Learn more at www.arizonawine.org.