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. 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.
May 18 & 19 Spring Festival Information
Music (see band videos on the right)
Saturday May 18th (3 bands):
11am to 2pm - V Lundon and Tell Me Something Good with Roll Acosta
V Lundon and Tell Me Something Good provides more vital energy to the new voice of local folk/rock that has been developing in the past few years. Heartfelt and understated yet energetic and thoroughly enjoyable, the music of V Lundon and Tell Me Something Good produces a new sound that is comfortable and distinctly Arizona. V Lundon has a great voice, by the way. Listen to V Lundon and Tell Me Something Good here: soundcloud.com/vannessalundon
Sharing the first music segment of the festival will be the Tucson based folk/rock/pop group Roll Acosta. The group consists of principal vocalist/songwriter Jacob Acosta, Kevin Frederick on violin/mandolin and Andre Gressieux on drums/percussion. Listen here: rollacosta.com
2:30pm to 5pm - 13 to the Gallows
13 to the Gallows mixes classic country style with contemplative lyrics and a self-described "spaghetti western" vibe. This Peoria, AZ based band is a gem shining from the dust of the Arizona desert and we're excited to have them at our festival for a second time!
See video of the band on the right side of this page. Listen to their music here: www.reverbnation.com/13tothegallows
Sunday May 19th (2 bands in 1):
11am to 5pm - Buzz and the Soul Senders with Nowhere Man & a Whiskey Girl
Buzz and the Soul Senders - Buzz and the Soul Senders is a versatile group of talented musicians from southern Arizona with a strong background in blues and funky soul. Listen to songs at: www.soulsenders.com
Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl - Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl will play as part of Buzz and the Soul Senders occasionally adding their own critically acclaimed songs to the mix. Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl have received rave reviews of their most recent CD "Children of Fortune". Not only is their music uniquely "Arizona" it is an exciting update of the Folk/Americana genre. With solid and emotive songwriting, Derrick's wonderful guitar work and Amy's amazing voice, it's easy to see why they are a beloved fixture of the Willcox Wine Country events. www.nowheremanandawhiskeygirl.com
Wine, Food, Fine Art, Crafts & More!
Enjoy more than 70 wines from 16 wineries! (listed below)
Food will be available from Dragoon Cafe & Cocina Antigua
Several vendors will be participating with products locally grown and made.
TRUST Art Giveaway + Sunglow Ranch Getaway
Saturday May 18th
4:00pm - TRUST Art & Design will give away an original artwork by a local artist and a one-night stay at beautiful Sunglow Ranch. Everyone who buys a bottle of wine can 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 & Live Auction - After 5:00pm
Immediately following the festival - Join Sam Pillsbury for a reception at the Keeling Schaefer Vineyards Willcox tasting room - across the street from the wine festival. Sam will be available to speak informally prior to the screening of his film "Crooked Earth".
6:30pm - Live Auction & Movie Screening
Join Willcox winemakers Rod Keeling and Sam Pillsbury for a live auction and film showing, to benefit the non-profit Willcox Historic Theater Preservation. There will be no admission charge. Donations will be accepted. Wine & B&B packages will be auctioned prior to the movie screening.
Immediately following the auction Willcox Historic Theater (across the street from the wine festival) will show winemaker and film director Sam Pillsbury’s 2001 movie “Crooked Earth”.
Set in New Zealand, it portrays forces of tradition and tribal pride colliding with government authority, when Will Bastion returns home from the army after an absence of 20 years to bury his father, the former chief of the Maori tribe. Note: This movie is not rated but contains language and subject matter consistent with an R-rated film.
Cooperative Events & Hotel Deals
Willcox Historic Theater (right across the street from the Wine Festival)
Saturday May 18th
2:00pm - Parade of Historic Willcox Characters See the Willcox Historic Theater website for more information.
3:30pm - Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer - Live performance by Arizona's Official State Balladeer - See the Willcox Historic Theater website for more information.
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 - Spring 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:
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