SOUTHWEST WINE CENTER
Arizona's wine industry is growing quickly, creating a need for well-trained winery workers and vineyard managers in the desert southwest. The new Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College in Arizona's Verde Valley allows for the winery, vineyard, student classrooms and labs to be located on a single campus. The teaching winery will be re-purposed from an underutilized outdoor racquetball building.
The winery will contain four main spaces, one in each former court: a fermentation room, two barrel-aging rooms and a tasting room where students will gain real-world experience in marketing and selling Yavapai College produced wine. End walls of each court will be filled in with large operable doors to promote views to the outside and create easy passage for visitors, winery workers and equipment. The winery location on campus also provides sweeping views from Mingus Mountain to Sycamore Canyon and the vineyard directly to the south.
During the initial years of operation the winery will produce up to 1,500 cases of wine per year. Eventually, the winery plans to produce 3,000 cases annually. Proceeds from the sale of student-produced wine will be dedicated to new scholarships and viticulture program support.