The state’s longest running wine festival is helping to launch the state’s newest festival.
The Village of Elgin Winery will hold its 31st Harvesting of the Vine Festival this weekend. In November the winery will help Tombstone Wine Works host its inaugural Tombstone Festival of the Vine.
Village of Elgin Winery owner Gary Reeves said he convinced the folks at Tombstone Wine Works to launch the festival. Reeves makes wine for Tombstone Wine Works.
The Tombstone festival will feature nine wineries from around the state including Tombstone’s two — Wine Works and Silver Strike — and several from Sonoita/Elgin including Village of Elgin and Kief-Joshua.
Reeves and his wife/business partner Kathy started their Harvesting of the Vine Festival when they launched their winery 31 years ago. It celebrates the area’s rich viticulture history — their winery is one of the oldest in the state and is a central player in the state’s wine industry . The festival, which attracts between 1,000 and 1,500 people, will feature Reeves’ wines alongside Tombstone Wine Works, Four Monkey and Mountain View Cellars. Bisbee band Buzz & the Soul Senders will perform both days.
The festival also celebrates the Village of Elgin Winery’s harvest, which brought in 350 to 400 tons of fruit from 103 acres of vines. The yield is among the largest — if not the largest — from Arizona vineyards this year.
“This has been a very long crush,” Reeves said Monday as he prepared to harvest the final vines.