2nd Annual Verde Valley Wine Festival Announces 2017 Wineries

The 2nd Annual Verde Valley Wine Festival returns to the Clarkdale Town Park in historic Clarkdale, Arizona over Mother's Day Weekend, May 13 and May 14, 2017 presented by Four Eight Wineworks in collaborative partnership with the non-profit organization, Made in Clarkdale.

Its important to highlight the fact that Clarkdale itself has such a wealth of community. We are very privileged to have so many boutique wineries here in Arizona that we can present an all-Arizona wine festival. We want to bring the culture that Arizona has to offer in its wine craft to Clarkdale and the Verde Valley. This is an opportunity to get locals to come out and see what the rest of the state has to offer. It’s the locals who take care of us and now it’s our turn to take care of our locals.
— David Baird, Festival Director and Manager of Four Eight Wineworks Tasting Room

About the Festival

This signature Verde Valley event features the finest Arizona wineries, breweries, spirits, and restaurants that are committed to creating homegrown products. A local showcase, the event includes live music from Arizona bands, a blind taste-testing run by the Verde Valley Wine Consortium, art produced by Made in Clarkdale artists, and a raffle to benefit Made in Clarkdale.

The festival is open to General Admission attendees from 1 PM-5 PM. Tickets for the Verde Valley Wine Festival are now on sale through Friday, May 12, 2017 or until sold out. 

VIP Activities

V.I.P. attendees may attend an 11:00 AM mini-viticulture workshop with Arizona wine industry experts and winemakers, Kent Callaghan (Callaghan Vineyards) and Todd Bostock (Dos Cabezas WineWorks) and a welcome toast with Winemaker, Viticulturist, and Event Host, Maynard James Keenan (Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards). This will be followed by a V.I.P. early hour of sampling in the festival from 12 PM - 1 PM.

An upgraded Platinum VIP ticket includes an exclusive four course dinner, wine tasting, and live music on Friday, May 12 at the Merkin Vineyards Tasting Room & Osteria in Old Town Cottonwood, Arizona.

A festival attendee enjoys a sample of Merkin Vineyard's Shinola Blanca.

A festival attendee enjoys a sample of Merkin Vineyard's Shinola Blanca.

The 2017 Winery Lineup

J Wine Bistro's delectable Pepperoni Pizza Stromboli Bites were a big hit at the 2016 festival.

J Wine Bistro's delectable Pepperoni Pizza Stromboli Bites were a big hit at the 2016 festival.

Culinary and Libation Participants

Roger Clyne's Mexican Moonshine Tequila returns to the VVWF for the second year in a row.

Roger Clyne's Mexican Moonshine Tequila returns to the VVWF for the second year in a row.

Restaurants, Fine Food, Beer, and Distillery Vendors Can Still Apply

Restaurants, Breweries, Distilleries and Fine Food Purveyors are encouraged to apply for the event ASAP as spaces are limited and are on a first come/first serve basis. Applications are now available at VerdeValleyWineFestival.com.

Please Note: Applications for wineries are closed at this time. More Restaurants, Breweries, Spirits and Fine Food Purveyors will be announced on March 1, 2017.

Event Sustainability

As advocates of sustainability, Local First Arizona commends the Town of Clarkdale for their commitment to keeping the Verde Valley Wine Festival green by reducing plastic water bottle use during the event.  To reduce their impact, the Town of Clarkdale sponsors a water station, providing attendees fresh water in reusable water bottles that attendees can keep and take home.


Planning your trip? Here's a local visitors guide:

CLARKDALE (Click here for all Local Listings)
 

ENTERTAINMENT

LOCAL LODGING

Agape Mountain View B&B
Alley Inn
The Arizona Lighthouse
Blue Heron Guest House

  • Clarkdale Lodge
  • Kat's Valley View Inn
  • Mescal Canyon Retreat 
  • Rain Spirit RV Park

LOCAL FAVORITES: RESTAURANTS, WINERIES, & BARS

BEER LOVERS

RESTAURANTS IN OLD TOWN

LOCAL LODGING

  • The Bottle Tree Inn
  • AZ Pines Motel
  • Verde Valley Inn

Event Details to Share

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017 and Sunday, May 14, 2017
Time: 1 PM – 5 PM, General Admission.
V.I.P. Experience: Viticulture Workshop & Welcome Toast from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM and Early Admission for V.I.P. Ticket-holders at 12:00 PM-1:00 PM.
Where: Clarkdale Town Park in Historic Clarkdale, Arizona
Cost: General Admission: $35 for one day or $55 for two days | VIP: $125 & Platinum VIP: $185. There may be limited day-of-event sales for $45/General Admission at the door if the event is not sold out.
Online: www.verdevalleywinefestival.com
Phone: (928) 649-2007
Facebook: www.fb.com/VerdeValleyWineFestival
Twitter: @VVWineFestival
Instagram: @VerdeValleyWineFestival      
Event Hashtags: #VVWF #ArizonaWine

About the Event Partners

Four Eight Wineworks: Wine-makers cooperative, incubator, passion vortex, and metaphorical leg-up. Ground zero for the infinite possibilities and paths each of our individual tenants will manifest. Founded in 2013, Four Eight Wineworks intends to keep vintner talent in Arizona by providing the resources needed for high quality production.
 
Made In Clarkdale inspires, educates, energize, and facilitate the arts for all ages; bringing joy and prosperity to our greater community. Made in Clarkdale is a non-profit organization that serves as a venue to display the creative talents of the residents, college students, and workers of Clarkdale in all forms of art.  Established in 1986, MIC has been a home to the community’s creative expression and community spirit, in Clarkdale and the Verde Valley.