30+ Arizona wineries, live music, local art and food trucks featured at annual celebration hosted by the Arizona Wine Growers Association
On Saturday, February 18, 2023 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., the 9th Annual Off the Vine Arizona Wine Festival, hosted by the Arizona Wine Growers Association (AWGA) and sponsored by ArizonaWines.com, will be returning to the historic Steam Pump Ranch in Oro Valley, Arizona. Over 30 of Arizona’s finest wineries will be in attendance – the most ever for this continually growing festival – in addition to a variety of local eateries, artists and live music.
“After multiple sell-out years, we were able to work with the Historic Steam Pump Ranch and nearly double our footprint for this year’s festival,” said Kris Pothier, president of the AWGA and owner of Chateau Tumbleweed. “This will not only allow for more attendees, but more wineries, food vendors and ample parking.”
Tickets for the festival go on sale Black Friday, November 25, 2022 with a limited number of general admission tickets available for $25 and VIP tickets for $55 for that day only. Following Black Friday, early bird pricing goes into effect at $30/person for general admission and $70/person for VIP, followed by $40/person the day of the event (if any tickets remain).
“Given the year over year success of the event combined with the extra space available, we are now also adding a VIP option for attendees that will include early admission, a wine tote swag bag, and a parking pass,” said Pothier. “There is also a limited opportunity for guests looking for some seats and shade to reserve a picnic table with an umbrella and seating for eight, which are $250/each and include one VIP ticket.”
The highlight of the event remains the 30+ wineries in attendance, complemented by local fare from eight local food trucks (more than double the amount of food vendors than years past), live music from the Heather Hardy Trio (10 a.m. – 12 p.m.), Paul Green and Midnight Blue (12:30 – 2:30 p.m.) and Matrix featuring Lexa Raquel (3 – 5 p.m.) and local artisans – all set amongst the historic Steam Pump Ranch and the scenic Catalina Mountains.
Wineries that will be in attendance include:
Arizona Stronghold Vineyards
Autumn Sage Vineyard & Winery
Birds and Barrels Vineyards
Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards
Carlson Creek Vineyard
Cove Mesa Vineyard
Da Vines Vineyard
Deep Sky Vineyard
Dos Cabezas WineWorks
Four Tails Vineyard
Golden Rule Vineyards
High Lonesome Vineyards
Lightning Ridge Cellars
Old Pueblo Cellars
Page Springs Vineyards & Cellars
Su Vino Winery
Twisted Union Wine Co.
Vino Stache Winery
Tickets become available for purchase on Black Friday, November 25, 2022, at www.offthevineaz.com or on Eventbrite.
For more information on Off the Vine Arizona Wine Festival, or other upcoming festivals hosted by the Arizona Wine Growers Association, visit www.azwinegrowersassociation.com.
ABOUT THE ARIZONA WINE GROWERS ASSOCIATION:
The Arizona Wine Growers Association (AWGA) serves grape growers and winemakers in Arizona, allying its members for representation, promotion and education. The association strives to advance with integrity, the sustainable growth and production of authentic Arizona-grown wines and increase awareness of the Arizona industry, which includes 104 licensed and bonded wineries throughout the state.
Photos courtesy of Jenelle Bonifield