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Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the 3rd Annual Emerging Winemakers Competition and Symposium has been cancelled.

The health and safety of those who would come to our Emerging Winemakers Competition and Symposium event are critically important to all of us. In light of the ongoing spread of COVID-19 throughout the nation and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Arizona leadership, this year’s Emerging Winemaker Competition and Symposium has been cancelled.

Please stay tuned for updates on how to pick-up any wines you entered in the competition and when you can expect a refund for entry fees and tickets purchased.

While we are disappointed that we had to cancel the event, we are looking forward to next year’s Emerging Winemakers Competition & Symposium (tentatively scheduled for April 23-24, 2021).

We pray that the energy and collective consciousness of everyone will get us through this global crisis. Thank you for your continued support of the Emerging Winemakers Competition and Symposium.

What is the Emerging Winemakers Competition and Symposium?
The Emerging Winemakers Competition and Symposium is a celebration of wine and those emerging winemakers who make wine. If you are at least twenty-one years of age, make your own wine(s) but don’t sell them commercially, you are an emerging winemaker. At the sole discretion of independent judges, awards are provided in the various wine classes based on blind tasting of the wines entered in the Competition. Whether given an award or not, all entrants receive confidential feedback from industry-leading experts on the wine(s) they submit. An added benefit is that emerging winemakers can meet commercial winemakers and potentially find mutual opportunities in the wine industry. Finally, Symposium attendees get a valuable opportunity to learn more about winemaking.
Who is organizing this event?
Yavapai College Grand Crew, a Viticulture and Enology student/alumni organization.
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.
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
When will the Symposium be held?
The Symposium will be held Friday, April 24, 2020 and Saturday, April 25, 2020.
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.
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.

Must the wine be made only with Arizona fruit?
No, the fruit can come from anywhere in the world.
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.

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.
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.

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


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.


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!


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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.