The ninth annual Sedona Winefest will be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona. Surrounded by green grass and the spectacular views of Sedona’s red rocks, the event will be held in an all-weather circus-sized tent for all to enjoy.
Winefest is designed to introduce attendees to a variety of fine wines from 20 wineries across the state, including many from the Verde Valley. The event also includes local cuisine, art, music, vendors and free wine education seminars.
In addition to tasting opportunities, wine will be for sale by the glass, bottle and case. Entry and parking are free. Winetasting tickets can be purchased online at SedonaWinefest.com or on-site.
On Sunday, Sept. 24, a special feature will be a select exhibit of pre-war vehicles including a 1914 Bugatti and an 1898 Jean Perrin. These rare collectibles are on display by their owners.
Also only on Sunday will be a paint-out by local artists who will paint outdoors from noon to 2 p.m. Their final art will be for sale upon completion of the best of show judging. This plein-air painting has been organized by the Sedona Arts Center, which will host its Plein Air Festival next month from Oct. 14 to 21. Learn more at SedonaArtsCenter.com.
Sedona Winefest has become a two-day signature event and is a fall tradition in Sedona, celebrating the burgeoning Arizona wine industry, and attracted over 3,000 guests in 2016.
“The wine industry in Arizona has not only matured to produce award-winning wines, but has experienced robust growth in recent years, to the delight and benefit of many,” said Sandy Moriarty, Sedona mayor and president of Sedona Fair, the nonprofit producing the event.
Winefest features a selection of delicious and inviting foods to complement the wines. Throughout the tasting area, there are also displays of goods and services from vendors ranging from glass art made from wine bottles to jewelry and wine barrel furniture. There will also be an opportunity to win prizes in an hourly raffle. Winefest is designed for both experienced and aspiring wine connoisseurs, with wine education seminars offered at no additional cost.
Winefest’s location, Posse Grounds Park, was originally used in its early days as a staging ground for the Sheriff’s Posse as well as for rodeos. Today, it is the largest park in Sedona and is home to softball and soccer fields, a bike skills park, tennis and pickleball courts, a basketball practice area, a skateboard park, the Sedona Posse Grounds Hub activity and performing arts center, picnic ramadas and the recently opened Barbara Antonsen Memorial Park amphitheater.
General admission tickets are available online at SedonaWinefest.com at the early-bird price of $35. Cost will be $40 at the door. A ticket for both days is available online for $50. General admission includes an etched commemorative glass and six tasting tickets. Additional wine tasting tickets will be available on-site. Online sales end at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22.
Sedona Winefest is made possible by the city of Sedona, Sedona Chamber of Commerce, Verve Events & Tents and local media. Visit SedonaWinefest.com for more information.