Wine Tasting - Wine FestivalIf the weather warm-up has you yearning for cooler temperatures, there are number of great local getaways, wine festivals, hikes and activities within driving distance of Scottsdale. Ane one such opportunity is fast approaching: the 23rd Annual Camp Verde Pecan & Wine Festival, taking place on Saturday, March 16 – Sunday, March 17, 2024.

Hosted by the Verde Valley Wine Consortium and the Town of Camp Verde, the two-day festival will be celebrating the area's two prime tourism draws, wine and pecans, with 15 Arizona wineries in attendance, a very competitive pecan pie contest, along with a variety of pecans for wine pairing, two days of live music, a Budweiser Beer Garden, food trucks and 90+ local artisans.

Held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 17 in downtown Camp Verde (75 E Hollamon Street, Camp Verde, AZ 86322), the two-day festival is FREE to attend, with wine-tasting tickets available for purchase, and also includes the following line up of live music: 

Saturday, March 16th:

12 - 2 p.m.: Chris Berry/Tall Paul Epoch (Blues/Americana)

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Thunder and Lightning (Country)

5 - 7 p.m.: Billy Bonds/Austin Lynn Austin (Country)

Sunday, March 17th:

12:00 - 2 p.m.: Tommy Dukes Band (Blue)

2:30 - 4 p.m.: Garry Segal/Jeff Compton (Blues/Americana)

Fifteen of the best local wineries within the Verde Valley will be in attendance, pouring their newest releases by the glass, bottle and case. These include:

  • 1764 Vineyards
  • Alcantara Vineyards
  • Arizona Stronghold Vineyards
  • Bodega Pierce
  • Cella Winery
  • Cove Mesa Vineyard
  • Da Vines Vineyard
  • High Lonesome Vineyard
  • Laramita  Cellars
  • Oak Creek Winery
  • Omphalos Winery
  • Page Springs Cellars
  • Salt Mine Wine
  • Southwest Wine Center
  • Su Vino

Entry to the festival – for all ages – is FREE. Wine tasting tickets (for attendees 21+) are available for $20 in advance by visiting www.verdevalleywine.org or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/camp-verde-pecan-and-wine-festival-tickets-797367757427.  Tickets will also be available at the door day-of for $25/person. Both include a commemorative glass and six wine tasting tickets. Additional wine tasting tickets will be available for purchase at the event.

For more information on the 23rd Annual Camp Verde Pecan & Wine Festival, sponsored by Yavapai College and their Southwest Wine Center, SRP, and Larry Green Chevrolet, visit cvaz.org or verdevalleywine.org.