Twenty Arizona wineries will showcase their varietals this weekend as the Arizona Wine Growers Association Festival at the Farm sets up at the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ “Farm” on North Campbell Avenue.
In addition to tasting the fruits of the vines, the festival will honor Arizona’s wine pioneers.
Proceeds from the $125 tickets to the Arizona Wine Founders’ Gala on Friday, Nov. 10 — day one of the two-day festival — will benefit the UA’s Arizona Wine Research Library, a partnership between the association and the university that complements Yavapai College’s Southwest Wine Center in Clarkdale.
The gala will recognize Dr. Gordon Dutt, a retired UA soil scientist who was the founder and original winemaker at Sonoita Vineyards — the state’s oldest vineyard; Al Buhl, the late founder of Dos Cabezas Vineyards (now Arizona Stronghold Vineyards); Bob Webb of RW Webb Winery, who launched the first commercial winery to vint table wine in Arizona since prohibition; and Kent Callaghan, the owner and winemaker of Callaghan Vineyards.
On Saturday, Nov. 11, the winemakers will uncork their latest vintages and pour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the UA Farm, 4101 N. Campbell Ave. Participating wineries: Alcantara Vineyards, Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, AZ Wine Cellars, Callaghan Vineyards, Carlson Creek Vineyard, Coronado Vineyards, Dos Cabezas Winery, Four Tails Vineyard, Golden Rule Vineyards, Keeling Schaefer Vineyards, Kief Joshua Vineyards, Lightning Ridge Cellars, Pierce Wines Arizona, Pillsbury Wine Company, Sierra Bonita Vineyard, Sonoita Vineyards, Southwest Wine Center, Su Vino Winery, Wilhelm Family Vineyards and Zarpara Vineyard.