The mission of the Grand Crew is to support the goals of Yavapai College’s Southwest Wine Center by increasing awareness and interest in Viticulture, Enology and related opportunities and challenges of the wine industry in Arizona and throughout the US. The Grand Crew encourages students, alumni, industry representatives and other wine enthusiasts to support its mission by fostering participation in a fun, educational environment for all.

This event is organized by the Grand Crew, a Viticulture and Enology student organization of Yavapai College. The Friends of the Southwest Wine Center, Brixen Creative and the Verde Valley Wine Consortium are supporters. An “emerging” winemaker is any person who is at least twenty-one (21) years of age and whose wine is not available commercially. The Judges are independent Wine Industry professionals who will provide confidential feedback to each winemaker at the conclusion of the event. During the Symposium, there will be seminars of interest to emerging winemakers. An Awards Celebration will take place after the conclusion of the Symposium. Competitors may enter any single varietal or blend of red (including rosé), white, fruit, and sweet wines. The Entry Fee is $15 per entry and you may enter as many wines as you wish. Friday evening Symposium Seminars are FREE and open to the public. Saturday full day Symposium Ticket with an Early Bird Online Discount $30 or at the door $40. Saturdays admission includes a souvenir competition and symposium crystal wine glass, a glass of Southwest Wine Center wine, lunch and your choice of four symposium lectures. If you have any questions, please contact us at Please join us for the 3rd Annual Emerging Winemakers Competition Friday and Saturday April 24th and 25th!

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