Southwest Wine Center
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Jenna R
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Jun 2022 • Couples
Run, don’t walk, to this unique college program’s gem of a wine tasting room and patio with some of the best views you’ll get in the Verde Valley! We were a group of 22 on a Local First Arizona WeekendZona experience, including a tour of the center and highly informative guide (Paula) who described the winemaking process … from the grape’s point of view! Many in our group who did both the red and wine flights said there was not a bad option in the bunch (but little hint: YC Energy was a group fav). Lisa and the team here are friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and passionate about what they do. And the college’s former dean, Tom Schumacher, is a talented ceramist whose pieces are on display and for sale. If you need a gift or just to treat yourself, pair a bottle with a ceramic holder that doubles as a vase. This is truly a hidden gem. Don’t miss it if you’re in the Verde Valley!
Written June 26, 2022
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desert dweller
6 contributions
Jun 2022
This was an amazing expereince. We were with a group and were treated to a tour of the facility and educated on the creation of the wine produced and sold there. We sampled several wines produced by the students. The setting is glorious. We were treated to an afternoon storm that cooled us all down while we enjoyed our wines. I'm totally impressed by the program available and the way it is done. This made me want to go back to school and become a wine maker! Wonderful!
Written June 27, 2022
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AZventure
9 contributions
Jun 2022
I came here with a friend and took an informative tour of the facility before doing a wine tasting of 6 varieties. I really appreciate the fact that the wine is 100% grown and produced on site by students. They turned out a fine product. The tasting room, patio and nearby vineyards are gorgeous, as well as views from the hillside overlooking the valley. This is a very unique experience and a must-try if you are in the area.
Written July 5, 2022
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Lawrence H
Phoenix, AZ34 contributions
Dec 2019
we had a lovely wine tasting experience at the Southwest Wine Center in Clarksdale, Arizona. The students are learning to make and market wines and have a beautiful tasting room looking out over the vineyards and the natural beauty of the high desert. the wines were actually pretty good and it is great to see a new industry being born in the desert.
Written December 23, 2019
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GweeVermont
Vermont58 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
The location is on the college campus, which runs the vineyards and winery as part of an educational program. Fabulous reds, and a delicious white from this facility, which is run by students and staff. Much has gone into the development of this program and they are understandably proud of their many accomplishments and awards. Take a few friends, settle in on the comfy outdoor furniture, sip some wine and enjoy the beautiful scenery beyond the picturesque vineyards. (There is an indoor seating area as well.) Along the way, you might learn something new!
Written March 17, 2016
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Michael D
Cottonwood, AZ23 contributions
Jan 2016 • Couples
The Southwest Wine Center, located on the Verde Campus of Yavapai College in Clarkdale, AZ, is well worth a stop. There are a number of fine wine tasting establishments in the Verde Valley, but the SWC is unique: It's also a classroom for students studying every aspect of viticulture and oenology. With a knowledgable staff, enthusiastic students, and comfortable surroundings, the SWC offers a very nice flight of local wines, or you can purchase a glass or bottle at a reasonable cost. The seating is limited during the winter, but warmer weather will bring great outdoor seating.
Written January 16, 2016
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lovetohike1111
Prescott, AZ513 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
I have been involved with the Southwest Wine Center when it was an idea and the building housed the racquetball courts for Yavapai College. I planted vines as the vineyards were just getting planted and I am proud to say that the vines have grown along with the program! We recently went to a wine dinner and all of the wines were made by students in the program and they are REALLY good! The tasting room is an experience with many wines to try. The building is minimalist and functional with the vineyards surrounding the site. Check out the Founders Wall. Go for a tour and tasting. Impressive level of commitment from the College and the community.
Written June 24, 2018
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Seattle52
Seattle, WA168 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We were fortunate to have another winery suggest we visit the Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College. We arrived about an hour before closing and were greeted by the nicest gentleman who not only guided us through a couple of tastings (red and white) but also gave us a tour of the winery. The wines were very good and we loved learning about the Viticulture and Enology coursework at the college. If I lived closer I would certainly consider taking this coursework, it appears to be an incredible experience.
Loved everything about our tasting and tour - highly recommended!!!
Written June 19, 2018
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aileen530
Clarkdale, AZ12 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
Wow are we lucky to have the Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College! Not only do they have award winning, yummy wines, the wine is made by the students and many made from the vineyard right there. There is a full 2 year program to learn all the basics about producing wine. They learn everything from planting the vineyard to harvesting to producing to working a tasting room.
They have some exceptional wines, beautiful views of the vineyard, the mountains, red rocks of Sedona and a very comfortable tasting area. It's a bit of a unknown to many, even locals, so usually not crowded, at not yet that is. :)
Written January 23, 2018
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Michael H
Prescott, AZ836 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
The Southwest Wine Center is operated as part of the Yavapai College program in Viticulture and Enology. The wines are very good to excellent and all produced by college students. The faculty and students staff the tasting room and provide an academic perspective on Arizona wine and the Arizona wine industry. If you like wine then this is a VERY enjoyable place to spend a few hours.
Written April 26, 2017
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