As the Arizona wine industry continues to gain popularity and international respect those making the wine, the winemaker have two ways to learn how to make wine. One way is by hands on trial and error and learning along the way. The other is to learn from a school of wine-making then apply what you’ve learned in the vineyard and winery. Yavapai College is one of those that teach you how to make wine here in Arizona. The school has announced a one-day “Emerging Winemakers Competition & Symposium” on Saturday April 24th.
The virtual and free event will offer 2 seminars, 3 speakers, 7 judges and 1 Best in show winner from 9:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. The seminar & symposium is being organized by the Grand Crew, a student & alumni organization at the Yavapai College of Viticulture Enology at the Verde Valley campus in Clarkdale.
“After canceling last year’s event due to COVID-19 safety precautions, we are excited to return this year as a virtual event for wine lovers throughout the state,” said the Competition Organizer Bill Anderson. “As one of our state’s fastest growing industries we created this event as a platform for those new to the industry to be recognized for their efforts in helping it flourish,”
The schedule of events is as follow
9:30-10:15 a.m. PDT
Welcome + Introductions:
Bill Anderson + Michael Pierce
Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Montgomery
Topic: Different Beginnings, Same Destination
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Seminar 1
California Sustainable Winegrowers Alliance
Topic: Sustainability from Grapes to Glass
11:30am – 12:15 p.m. – Seminar 2
Introduction to Biodynamic Viticulture
12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
Break for lunch
Awards Presentation + Roundtable Discussion
To register for the virtual symposium head to their website.