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Livin’ The Dream

Livin’ the Dream, Part One…
There are nearly 100 licensed wineries in Arizona. The impetus to set up shop and live the winemaking dream utilizing the state’s Series 13 license is a seductive notion that could have easily been the design of Morpheus and Dionysis themselves. This license does however come with a great deal of responsibility and obligations to not only the governing bodies that regulate the industry, but to the purchasing public as well.

AZ DLLC

AZ DLLC

For its thirty odd years, our industry is still in its infancy and is feeling some expected growing pains. The governing bodies are only now beginning to address the previously unforeseen needs of a rapidly progressing industry. Arizona’s Farm Wineries and vineyards moving into their second, third and even fourth decades of growing are experiencing challenges and expressing a desire to create legitimacy and integrity within the industry.

Dragoon Mountian Vineyard

Dragoon Mountain Vineyard

In this two part article, we will describe first, the privileges given to Arizona grape growers and Arizona wine producers. Recent legislation mandates that these privileges are contingent upon a licensed winery’s commitment to grow grapes in Arizona soil and or produce Arizona wine in house. The second article will describe a licensed winery’s responsibilities, its obligations and how the new legislation will play a key role in the preservation and strengthening of a legitimate state wine industry.
Privilege
To retain the privileges of Farm Winery, production must stay below 20,000 gallons, (8,400 cases) annually. Comparatively speaking, a single tank sitting at a Mondavi tank farm will hold 2-3 times this amount. Because we produce a limited amount, we are given privileges that allow AZ winemakers to compete in the wine industry on a more level playing field.
For example, an AZ winery has the unique privilege to self-distribute. This enables sales to be made directly to restaurants, liquor stores, wine bars, box stores, and each other.
Wineries are allowed to participate in wine festivals and sell directly to the public at events such as art festivals, county fairs and charity events.
AZ farm wineries can have a tasting room and retail location separate from the production facility. This is a key privilege because generally the grapes aren’t grown in highly populated or well trafficked areas.

Lovely ladies from Leisure World in Mesa

Tasting Room in Jerome

A winery may custom crush and ferment wines for another winery that may not have the ability at its start-up to process grapes and produce wine for itself.
Wine clubs are an essential component to a winery’s sustainability with in-state shipments occurring two to four times per year. Another unique privilege. However, shipping out of state requires the permission of 49 other state agencies which in itself is a logistical and licensing conundrum.
A winery may obtain a restaurant license which allows beer and spirits to be sold, yet its percentage of alcohol sales must stay within the allowable percentage of liquor to food sales percentages allowed by the state.
Most recently, wineries were granted the privilege to distill grape products, ie Grappa, brandy and grape spirit. This opens a new door for Arizona wineries to produce products such as vodka, herbed spirit, (gin, agave, rum-spiced spirit, whiskey style products, etc.)
Arizona wineries have a comfortable set of privileges that allow healthy competition, sustainable growth and that encourage future investment in the industry. With privilege comes great responsibility and accountability. In April, we will describe in detail some of the challenges and the cost of accountability.

Upcoming Events

April 9, 2016

AwesomeFest!

at Eastmark Great Park

Fiddlebender Wines at AwesomeFest

Join us in the wine garden with Fiddlebender Wines!

Enjoy Circus Master with Acts, Ferris Wheel, Giant Slide, Zip Line, Neon Face Paint, Interactive Trapeze, Aerials, Ground Aerobatics, Velocity Circus Roaming Acts, Food Truck Delights, Beer and Wine Gardens, and more! Fiddlebender Wines will be featured in the wine garden, hop in for delicious AZ Wine!

April 16 &17, 2016

Southeast AZ Winegrowers Festival

at Kief-Joshua Vineyards

370 Elgin Road Elgin, AZ

In celebration of the 32th anniversary of Arizona’s original and only American Viticulture Area (AVA), Kief-Joshua Vineyards will be hosting the Fifth Annual Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival, featuring 20 Arizona Wineries in one location, on April 16th and 16th, 2016, from 11 am to 5 pm. Tickets are on sale now at https://www.winegrowers.eventbrite.com

The day will be filled with new wine releases, fabulous winemakers, great wine, food vendors, a professional two-day chili cook-off and live music.

 

May 7 & 8, 2016, Mother’s Day Weekend

30th Annual Prescott Fine Art & Wine

30th Annual Prescott Fine Art & Wine Festival

Prescott Fine Art & Wine

The Festival is held on Mother’s Day Weekend every year, which makes it a wonderful destination event for Mother’s Day! Come experience a beautiful weekend under the shade of the big trees of Prescott’s Courthouse Square.

In addition to spectacular collectors’ artwork, the Festival presents an Arizona wine garden and marketplace featuring ten of Arizona’s finest Vineyards & Wineries. Each day guests can purchase their wine tasting tickets for $12 and receive their souvenir wine glass. Over the two day festival, Mountain Artists Guild is hosting a silent auction of two distinct lots of Arizona wines, each valued at over $500. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Mountain Artists Guild. There is also a variety of delicious food, packaged cottage edibles and prepared gourmet delights from surrounding restaurants. Located along Montezuma Street and Prescott’s infamous Whiskey Row, haunt of the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday, the Festival site is within easy walking distance of restaurants, parking and both modern and historic hotels. This event attracts people from all over the country who enjoy fine art and wines.

Set your GPS to 120 S. Cortez Street-Prescott for the Festival and to 135 S. Granite Street-Prescott  for parking!

For questions please call Cellar 433 at 928.634.7033