Events - Willcox Wine Country Festival
The Willcox Wine Country Festival is a two-day fun-filled event at historic Railroad Park in downtown Willcox. Just an hour's drive east of Tucson on I-10 - the Willcox Wine Country Festival is a perfect getaway for Phoenix & Tucson residents. It's not too far, but feels a world away. Your $15 tasting fee includes 8 wine tastings, a commemorative glass & live entertainment. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased at the hospitality kiosk.
Willcox Wine Country holds two wine festivals each year. Our spring wine festival is held on the 3rd weekend in May and our fall festival is on the 3rd weekend in October. This page focuses on our two festivals. To keep up-to-date with what's happening in Willcox Wine Country year-round, please follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.
For a list of other Willcox Wine Country events and wine events around the state, visit the events page at Arizona Vines & Wines magazine.
Our Next Willcox Wine Country Festival is May 17 & 18, 2014
Information below is from our October 2013 festival. New information will be available as soon as we have it!
Music (see band videos on the right)
Saturday October 19th (4 bands):
11am Leila Lopez
Combining poetic lyrics and a unique playing style, Leila Lopez has a captivating presence and unique style of expression. Leila began to play guitar when she was eight years old, and eventually moved on to learn the bass guitar, piano, cello, drums, banjo and mandolin. Leila's music was recognized in 2008 during the Tucson Area Music Awards (TAMMIES) receiving an award for best female vocalist, and again in 2009 winning in both the female vocalist category, as well as an award for best folk artist. Learn more about the artist here:
12pm Steff and the Articles
In 2008, singer-songwriter Steff Koeppen began recording demos with a couple of friends of songs she had written on piano. By the end of 2009, she had organized what would become the definitive lineup of The Articles: Tom Beech on drums, Chris Pierce on bass and Alexandra Tuggle on violin. In 2012, Steff and The Articles released Stories You Can’t Tell, followed by the single, "It Really Is Quite Lonely Here," at the beginning of 2013. The Tucson based ensemble produces music that touches on classical, jazz, and folk styles while maintaining an accessible, pop-oriented sound, but the band invites you to be the judge. Follow this link to learn more about the band: steffandthearticles.bandcamp.com
1:30pm Vannessa Lundon and Friends
Vannessa Lundon brings vital energy to the new voice of local folk/rock that has been developing in southern Arizona over the past few years. Heartfelt and understated yet energetic and thoroughly enjoyable, the music of Vannessa Lundon produces a new sound that is comfortable and distinctly Arizona. Listen to Vannessa Lundon here: vlundon.bandcamp.com/album/mallorys-missing-camera
3pm to 5pm Roll Acosta
Roll Acosta consists of principal vocalist/songwriter Jacob Acosta, Kevin Frederick on violin/mandolin and Andre Gressieux on drums/percussion.
Acosta’s Robert-Smith-meets-Andrew-Bird vocals become a canvas to Frederick’s soaring voice on the strings, and Gressieux’s driving pulse.
Learn more about Roll Acosta: rollacosta.com
Sunday October 20th:
11am to 5pm - To Be Announced
TRUST Art Giveaway + Sunglow Ranch Getaway
Saturday October 19th
4:00pm - TRUST Art & Design will give away an original artwork by a local artist and a one-night stay at beautiful Sunglow Ranch. Every wine-tasting patron will receive a ticket to enter the drawing. The winner must be present to accept the prize. Drawing will take place in the park at 4:00pm. See the artwork TRUST is featuring at www.facebook.com/trustgallery
Movie - After 5:00pm
Saturday October 19th
5:00-6:00pm Pre-screening reception at Keeling Schaefer Vineyards (across the street from the festival) with film director & winemaker Sam Pillsbury
6:00pm - Movie Screening and introduction by Sam Pillsbury at Willcox Historic Theater (across the street from the festival & two doors down from the Keeling Schaefer Vineyards tasting room). Donations support the non-profit Willcox Historic Theater.
Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997)
This family-friendly movie is arguably the most visually stunning in the Free Willy series. Roger Ebert gave it a "thumbs up" and said it was "filled with sparkling nature cinematography". Click here to read his review.
This movie will be shown twice on Saturday: a matinee at 2:00 introduced by Gayle Berry of the Willcox Historic Theater and the evening showing (6:00) introduced by Sam Pillsbury.
Stay for the whole weekend!
Quality Inn Willcox & Holiday Inn Express Willcox offer special rates for wine festival attendees. There's a lot more to do in Willcox Wine Country than just the wine! Visit Arizona Vines & Wines for a list of other places to stay and activities for the whole family.
Full Winery List - Willcox Wine Country Festival - Fall 2013
Keeling Schaefer Vineyards
Visit the Keeling Schaefer Vineyards Website:
Visit the Kokopelli Winery Website:
Dos Cabezas Wine Works - Featuring Cimarron
Visit the Dos Cabezas Wineworks Website:
Sand Reckoner Vineyards
Visit the Sand-Reckoner Vineyards Website:
Visit the Kief-Joshua Vineyards Website:
Carlson Creek Vineyards
Visit the Carlson Creek Vineyards Website:
Pillsbury Wine Company
Visit the Pillsbury Wine Company Website:
Arizona Stronghold Vineyards
Visit the Arizona Stronghold Vineyards Website:
Visit the Zarpara Vineyard Website:
Lawrence Dunham Vineyards
Visit the Lawrence Dunham Vineyards Website:
Visit the Pierce Vineyards / Saeculum Cellars Website:
Visit the Coronado Vineyards Website:
Visit the Gallifant Cellars Website:
Page Springs Cellars
Visit the Page Springs Cellars Website:
Flying Leap Vineyards
Visit the Flying Leap Vineyards Website:
Golden Rule Vineyards
Visit the Golden Rule Vineyards Website:
Visit the Cellar 433 Website:
Burning Tree Cellars
Visit the Burning Tree Cellars Website:
Grand Canyon Winery
Visit the Grand Canyon Winery Website:
Promote the WWC Festival
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