Arizona wine

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Wine region
Map of USA AZ.svg
Official name State of Arizona
Type U.S. state
Year established 1912
Years of wine industry 16th century-present
Country United States
Sub-regions Sonoita AVA, Willcox AVA
Total area 113,998 square miles (295,253 km2)
Grapes produced Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Concord, Counoise, Gewürztraminer, Grenache, Malvasia, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Muscat Canelli, Nebbiolo, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Pinot gris, Pinot noir, Riesling, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah, Viognier, Zinfandel[1]
No. of wineries Over 100

Arizona wine refers to wine made from grapes grown in the U.S. state of Arizona. There are three major regions of vineyards and wineries in Arizona:[2]

Most vineyards in Arizona are located in the southeastern portion of the state south and east of Tucson, which is also the location of Arizona's two designated AVA's (American Viticultural Area), the Sonoita AVA (established 1985) and the Willcox AVA (established 2016).[3] Arizona has enjoyed recent success with wine made from the grape varietals native to Italy and the Rhône valley of southern France.[1]

Viticulture in Arizona began in the 16th century when missionary Spanish Jesuit priests began to plant grapevines and make wine for use in Christian religious ceremonies.

There now are over 110 wineries, vineyards and cellars[4] through out Arizona including in the cities of Phoenix and Tucson.[5]

The wineries, vineyards and cellars are supported by the Arizona Wine Growers Association, a Non-profit NGO representing, educating and promoting the AZ wine industry.[6] AWGA supports the wine industry through promotional events, state awards to the best wines in AZ and industry lobbying efforts at the local, state and national level.

The Southwest Wine Center established in 2009 is part of Yavapai College's Verde Valley Campus.[7] SWC provides education and training for the AZ wine industry through Yavapai College's Viticulture and Enology Program.[8] Students at YC can earn an AA in Viticulture and Enology or Certificates in Viticulture or Enology.

Primer Paso from Caduceus Cellars in Verde Valley.

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  1. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "Arizona: Appellation Description". Retrieved Nov. 27, 2007.
  2. ^ "Visit AZ Wine Country - Arizona Wine". Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  3. ^ Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (2016-11-01). "Established American Viticultural Areas" (PDF). US Govt ATF. Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  4. ^ Gartin, John (2016). "Wineries, Vineyards and Cellars of Arizona". Unpublished Research. 
  5. ^ "About Us - Arizona Wine". Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  6. ^ "Arizona Wine Growers Association - Arizona Wine". Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  7. ^ "- Southwest Wine Center Arizona". Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  8. ^ "- Viticulture and Enology School Arizona – Yavapai College". Retrieved 2016-12-11. 

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