Willcox Wine Festival
Saturday, May 18, 2019 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
157 N. Railroad Avenue
Willcox, AZ 85643
Free to enter. $25 to $30 for wine tasting
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2019
Willcox Wine Country Fall Festival Returns May 18-19, 2019
Arizona’s largest and longest running festival expands to include awards benefit dinner, theater fundraiser and a larger presence in downtown Willcox
WILLCOX, Ariz. – It started as a “What If?” ten years ago. Today, the Willcox Wine Festival is the largest, most beloved wine festival in Arizona. This year we are excited to announce:
The 1st annual Willcox Wine Country Competition. Over the past fest months, wines made with Willcox wine grapes were submitted to Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago for evaluation. The results of this competition will be announced on Friday at the Awards and Benefit Dinner.
The dinner benefits the Northern Cochise Community Hospital. There will be a silent auction and donations are welcome. The hospital will also benefit from raffles and silent auctions throughout the festival on Saturday and Sunday.
At the winemaker’s dinner, two Willcox Wine Country pioneers will be recognized: Bob Webb and Dr. Mike Kilby. Both played a significant role in putting Willcox Wine Country on the map.
Our second addition for this spring’s festival is a fundraiser for the Historic Willcox Theater & Arts. This event will happen on Saturday evening after the festival. Guests will sample award-winning wines, enjoy culinary delights and be invited to a movie. The theater will be showing the world premiere of Pokémon Detective Pikachu or the cinema classic Casablanca.
The wine festival will be held on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. With the help of the City of Willcox, ADOT and Cochise Country, Maley street will be closed for the festival. This closure allows the festival to grow and encompass more downtown business. This spring there will be over 60 artisan, craft and specialty vendors; multiple food trucks and our Willcox Street Bistro; and a few surprise activities for festival goers.
The center of the festival is located at the historic Railroad Park, 157 N. Railroad Avenue, Willcox, AZ 85643, just steps from the Willcox Wine Trail and local vineyards, the festival will feature over 18 Willcox-based wineries pouring their award-winning wines and top music acts hailing from Phoenix and Tucson.
Wineries featured at the spring festival include (*) designates those with Willcox tasting rooms, which will also be open for business:
Aridus Wine Company*
Arizona Stronghold Vineyards
Birds and Barrel Vineyards
Bodega Pierce/Saeculum Cellars*
Carlson Creek Vineyard*
Copper Horse Vineyard
Deep Sky Vineyard
Golden Rule Vineyards*
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards*
Page Springs Cellars
Pillsbury Wine Company*
SW Wine Center
Rated as one of the best wine festivals in North America by Fodor’s Travel, ideally located among the state’s primary grape-growing region (74% of Arizona wine grape production occurs in Willcox Wine Country. To attend the two-day festival, pre-sale tickets are available at willcoxwinecountry.org for $20, which includes a wine glass and six tasting tickets, or $25 which includes a wine glass and 10 tasting tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at entry. Designated drivers, underage family, and non-drinkers will be admitted at no charge.
For more information on Willcox Wine Country, visit willcoxwinecountry.org or call 480-516-8848. For ongoing updates and news leading up to and during the Willcox Wine Country Fall Festival, connect with them on Facebook or view the event page.
ABOUT COCHISE GRAHAM WINE COUNCIL, INC | WILLCOX WINE COUNTRY:
Cochise Graham Wine Council (formally Willcox Wine Country Partnership) is a consortium of Arizona Farm Wineries located in the Willcox area, Cochise and Graham counties in southeastern Arizona. The Willcox area leads the industry’s grape production by growing 74% of the state’s wine grapes and is the source of the most highly rated Arizona wines by Wine Spectator, with 45 wines rated 88-90 over the past 10 years. The area is designated the Willcox AVA (American Viticultural Area), making it federally recognized as a unique and distinctive wine growing region in the United States. Local wineries feature 10 tasting rooms, tours, locally grown and produced wines and the semi-annual Willcox Wine Country Festival (held in May and October), which has been rated by Fodor's Travel as one of the top-ten wine festivals in North America. For more information visit www.willcoxwinecountry.org.
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