Who’s up for a road trip this weekend? On March 10 and 11, wine lovers can celebrate Arizona’s oldest and original wine county — the American Viticultural Area Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival(AVA) — at the two-day, family-friendly seventh-annual Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival. The highly anticipated festival will be held at Kief-Joshua Vineyards in Elgin.
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day of the event, guests can sample varietals including new release tastings from 18 of Arizona’s top wineries and meet acclaimed winemakers. Guests can also enjoy eats from a variety of food from Las Vigas Steak Ranch and Russell Compton Texas BBQ, as well as check out vendors featuring art, jewelry, natural products, specialty foods and more. The weekend event is rounded out with tunes from four blues bands: Cat Daddy and the 12 Barz Blues, Black Cat Bones Blues Band, Angel Diamond Blues Band and The Usual Suspects Blues Band.
2018 featured wineries and winemakers:
Village of Elgin
Tickets are now available at a discounted price of $25 per ticket via www.azgrapes.eventbrite.com, and include a souvenir wine glass, and 10 sampling tickets, with additional tickets available for purchase. Day-of tickets can be purchased upon entry for $30 each. Festival gates open at 10 a.m.; the event is family friendly (must be 21-plus to drink) and open to well-behaved dogs. Parking is free.