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Emerging Winemakers Competition & Symposium

Apr 24 9:30 am - 2:15 pm

Emerging Winemakers Competition & Symposium Returns Virtually to Yavapai College

April 24, 2021

2 seminars. 3 speakers. 7 judges. 1 Best in Show

In the past decade alone, the Arizona wine industry has grown from 20 to over 100 licensed wineries. On Saturday, April 24 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. PDT, the passion and talent of  those helping to shape this flourishing industry will be celebrated at the Emerging Winemakers Competition & Symposium. Organized by the Grand Crew, a Yavapai College Viticulture and Enology student/alumni organization, at the Yavapai College’s Verde Valley campus in Clarkdale, Arizona, the FREE virtual event will feature two wine seminars with three speakers and the competition’s seven judges will choose the one “Best in Show.” “After canceling last year’s event due to COVID-19 safety precautions, we are excited to return this year as a virtual event for wine lovers throughout the state,” said the Competition Organizer Bill Anderson. “As one of our state’s fastest growing industries we created this event as a platform for those new to the industry to be recognized for their efforts in helping it flourish,” An “emerging” winemaker is anyone at least 21 years of age whose wine is not available commercially. Wine submissions are being accepted for the competition until March 31, 2021.

For entry forms and submission details, visit www.emergingwinemakers.com.

This is a great opportunity to learn from industry leaders and winemakers.

The Symposium Agenda is:
9:30-10:15 a.m. PDT
Welcome + Introductions:
Bill Anderson + Michael Pierce

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Montgomery
Topic: Different Beginnings, Same Destination

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Seminar 1
Lisa Froncioni-Hai:
California Sustainable Winegrowers Alliance
Topic: Sustainability from Grapes to Glass

11:30am – 12:15 p.m. – Seminar 2
Philippe Corderey:
Introduction to Biodynamic Viticulture

12:15 – 12:45pm
Break for lunch

Awards Presentation + Roundtable Discussion

The Symposium is FREE and open to the public. For more information on this event, the full rules of the
Competition and entry forms, along with acquiring virtual Symposium tickets, visit:


Apr 24
9:30 am - 2:15 pm