Asked Questions

Who is organizing this event?
Yavapai College Grand Crew, a Viticulture and Enology student/alumni organization.
Why should I enter this Competition?
Competitor’s wines will be evaluated by independent Wine Industry professionals who will provide confidential feedback to each winemaker at the conclusion of an Awards celebration.
Where will the event be held?
The Competition and Symposium will be held at the Verde Valley campus of Yavapai College located at 601 W. Black Hills, Drive, Clarkdale, Arizona 86324
Must the wine be made only with Arizona fruit?
No, the fruit can come from anywhere in the world.
What is the best way to send my wine(s)?
We encourage competitors to deliver their wine(s) in person to the Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College, 601 W. Black Hills, Drive, Clarkdale, Arizona 86324, Thursday – Sunday; 12 to 5:30pm between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020. Consideration of an entry submitted after March 31, 2020 is at the sole discretion of the Grand Crew.
Where do I submit my entry forms and wine(s)?
The Southwest Wine Center at the Verde Valley campus of Yavapai College located at 601 W. Black Hills, Drive, Clarkdale, Arizona 86324. Thursday – Sunday 12:00pm to 5:30pm


May I send in multiple bottles in case of bottle variation?
Yes, you may. However, please note that a $15.00 entry fee must accompany each bottle accompanied by a Competition label.

Do I submit my entry forms by mail, email or fax?
We suggest that you submit everything at the same time: (i) entry form, (ii) a label for each bottle submitted, (iii) entry fee per bottle and (iv) the wine(s) you wish to enter into the Competition.

When is the deadline for entering the Competition?
March 31, 2020.


Who will be judging the wines?
The Judges are independent Wine Industry Professionals.


Will awards be given?
At the sole discretion of the Judges, Double Gold, Gold, Silver, and Best of Show may be awarded.


When will the awards be announced?
Saturday April 25, 2020.


May I sell my wines or purchase the wines submitted by other competitors?
Personal sales of alcohol are not legally permitted on the Yavapai College campus.


Will there be any other events?

Yes, there will be educational seminars of interest to winemakers and non-winemakers, an Awards Ceremony, round-table panel discussion. Judges notes and feedback to the competitors will be provided before the end of the event.

Will there be wine and/or food to enjoy at the event?
Yes, a glass of Southwest Wine Center wine will be served in a comemorative glass and  a light lunch will be provided on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Additional glasses of wine, commerative glasses and t-shirts may be purchased during the event.


I have more questions! Who should I contact for more information?

Please contact the AEWC Formation Committee Chairman Bill Anderson, 928-533-0796. We are looking forward to seeing you at the Symposium on April 24-25, 2020!


Who is an “emerging winemaker”?
An “emerging” winemaker is any person who is at least twenty-one (21) years of age and whose wine is not available commercially.
When will the Symposium be held?
The Symposium will be held Friday, April 24, 2020 and Saturday, April 25, 2020.
What wines are eligible to compete?
Competitors may enter any single varietal or blend of red, rosé, white, fruit, sweet and mead wines. Please – no aromatized, flavored or taste adulterants of any kind.
Is there a vintage limitation?
No, any vintage is eligible.
Will single varietal and blended wines be judged differently?

No, a single varietal wine in any catagory will be judged the same against a blended wine in it’s catagory.

Are there any other ways to send my wine(s)?
Wine(s) may also be delivered by any other appropriate means, such as a courier, between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020.

Drop-off locations can be found on “Wine Submission Locations”  page of the website. Additionally, if you contact the Formation Committee Chairman, we will do our best to help you find a way to pick up your wine.

How much does it cost to enter the Competition?

A competitor must submit an entry form, a competition label for each bottle of wine submitted, and a $15.00 entry fee per bottle.

Are there any other fees?

No. But there will be a ticket fee to attend the Symposium early bird pricing of $30 or $40 at the door.

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If you have any questions about the Competition, Symposium, sponsorship or volunteering, please contact us. We look forward to your email and seeing you at the 3rd Annual Emerging Winemakers Competition at Yavapai College in Clarkdale, AZ.