Event Details

Join the Arizona Vignerons Alliance at our third annual event!

Come enjoy and learn all about Arizona wines at this full day (or half day!) event at The Farm At South Mountain. Featuring two morning symposiums lead by a panel of winemakers and industry professionals. Afterwards, a wine paired lunch will begin followed by a live auction with Auctioneer Todd Ventura and will be featuring wine lots that restaurateurs and collectors won't want to miss! The Grand Tasting will kickoff at 2:00 pm* and guests will enjoy 100% Arizona grown and produced wines from around the state. This event is 21 and older, rain or shine.

Symposium Topics:
A Tale of Two Varieties: Grenache & Tempranillo
Set in Arizona during the time of the American Wine Revolution.
6 stories about 3 regions as told by 2 grape varieties.
Just the best of wines.

Patrick Comiskey, Maynard of Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards, Kent of Callaghan Vineyards and Kris of Chateau Tumbleweed enlist grenache & tempranillo to tell the stories of the Verde Valley, Willcox & Sonoita. Six delicious perspectives from these three distinct winegrowing regions highlight the diversity and complexity of how Arizona tastes.
We are the Malvasia.
We will add your biological diversity to our own.
Your culture will adapt to service us.
Resistance is futile.

Join Dr José Vouillamoz, Todd of Dos Cabezas WineWorks, Pavle of Los Milics and Sarah of Sand-Reckoner Vineyards as they explore the family of grapes known as Malvasia. With more aliases than Russel Tyrone Jones, the Malvasia family can be a tough one to get your head around. Malvasia Bianca is one of the stars of Arizona viticulture - and many of the grapes from the Malvasia family, derived from this selection are cultivated widely around the world.

Joining us this year is Dr José Vouillamoz, one of the world's leading authority on the origin and parentage of grape varieties through DNA profiling. Swiss grape geneticist of international fame, trained with Prof Carole Meredith at the University of California at Davis (USA), he's the co-author with the two Masters of Wine Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding of the multi-award winning book Wine Grapes (Allen Lane, 2012), the ultimate reference on all the grape varieties that are cultivated in the world. In 2017, he published the reference book Cépages Suisses - Histoires et Origines that was a huge national success. Dr Vouillamoz is also author and co-author of several scientific papers and grape books, such as the Oxford Companion to Wine and the World Atlas of Wine. Dr Vouillamoz is an independent wine expert, wine writer, wine educator and lecturer, as well as a member of the Académie Internationale du Vin, the Académie du Vin de Bordeaux, the Mémoire des Vins Suisses and the Circle of Wine Writers. He will be leading a symposium on Arizona wine grapes - history, origin and future.

Also joining us this year: Patrick Comiskey! Patrick Comiskey is a Senior Correspondent for Wine & Spirits Magazine, where he serves as chief domestic critic for the magazine. He regularly contributes articles devoted to California, Oregon and Washington wine, winegrowing, and wine culture. He is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times, and his work has appeared on in the San Francisco Chronicle, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Decanter, Lucky Peach, and the Robb Report. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is an instructor in the wine business at UCLA, His book "American Rhône", about the history of the American Rhône wine movement, was published in 2016.

Schedule of events*:

10:00 am Symposium 1

11:15 am Symposium 2

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Live auction begins with auctioneer Todd Ventura

2:00 pm Grand Tasting

5:00 pm Event concludes

Participating Wineries:

Caduceus Cellars
Callaghan Vineyards
Chateau Tumbleweed
Deep Sky Vineyards
Dos Cabezas WineWorks
Four Eight Wineworks
Four Tails Vineyards
Los Milics
Merkin Vineyards
Passion Cellars
Rune Wines
Sand-Reckoner Vineyards
Southwest Wine Center
The oDDity Wine CollectiVe

...list is updated periodically!

Tickets: prices ago up at the door, get your tickets today!

Full: Both Symposiums, wine paired lunch, live auction & Grand Tasting

Split: Wine paired lunch, live auction & Grand Tasting

Just a Taste: Grand Tasting & Sale

Auction Preview Event: Monday, January 7th, 2019 3:00 - 5:00 pm at Southern Rail

Auction sneak peak:

Featuring wine lots from Caduceus Cellars, Calaghan Vineyards, Chateau Tumbleweed, Dos Cabezas, Rune Wines, Salvatore Vineyards and more!

*schedule subject to change

  • When: Sat Jan. 12
    9:30 am - 5:00 pm

  • Address: 6106 South 32nd Street
    Phoenix AZ,US 85042

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