The Arizona Wine Growers Association (AWGA) serves grape growers and winemakers in Arizona, allying its members for representation, promotion and education. The association strives to advance with integrity the sustainable growth and production of authentic Arizona-grown wines.
Our voting members are wine grape growers, winemakers and those in the process of entering the industry. Our associate members are wine grape researchers, wine retailers, restaurants, hotels, B & B's and other hospitality providers and industry vendors. Our supporting members are wine consumers and friends.
The AWGA is a voluntary, non-profit structure 100% self-funded through memberships, AWGA sponsored wine events, grants and advertising opportunities on our newsletters and soon to be on the website. The AWGA is a 501c5 non-profit.
AWGA voting members elect officers to a 2-year post. The officers make up an Executive Committee that reports to the membership. We have recently hired on an Executive Director to help us accomplish our goals and perform the day-to-day duties necessary for our growing organization. All officers work as volunteers.
Arizona's vineyard owners are a diverse group. There are insurance agents, lawyers, airline pilots, engineers, former college professors, a Hollywood movie producer, a rock star and medical professionals. Some of our grape growers also grow other crops such as pistachios and pecans. Wine professionals from other states are finding Arizona's wine industry to be an attractive investment and are planning new vineyards in the state.
An American Viticulture Area or AVA is defined by the US Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as having a unique climate, soil and physical features which distinguish it from surrounding areas. Arizona currently has one AVA. This viticultural appellation can be found southeast of Tucson in Sonoita.