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Vintage Arizona: The Growth, Death, and Rebirth of a Local Wine Industry

  • When: Saturday, March 24, 2018, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Where: Prescott Valley Public Library
  • Cost: Free
  • Website: Visit
  • Age limit: All ages
  • Categories: Community

Arizona Humanities Lecture: Prescott Valley Public Library is hosting “Vintage Arizona: The Growth, Death, and Rebirth of a Local Wine Industry” on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 1-2 p.m. in the Library’s Auditorium (7401 E. Civic Circle). This program is presented by Erik Berg, who is an award-winning historian and writer with a special interest in the early twentieth century southwest. Arizona’s wine industry is booming. Starting from almost nothing in the 1970s, there are now over 50 wineries across the state and more starting every year. Despite the youth of the current industry, there is a long history of wine-making in Arizona dating back some 200 years. Using numerous illustrations, this presentation traces the fascinating – and often amusing – story of Arizona wine from the Spanish Colonial period to the present. Topics include pioneering efforts using wild grapes, Mesa’s forgotten 19th century wine industry, the illegal raisin wineries of the Great Depression, and the unlikely band of aspiring winemakers that led the modern rebirth of Arizona wine in the 1980s. This is a free event and no registration is required. If you have any questions please call the library at 928-759-3040.

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