• Training Tomorrow’s Vintners

    As the only college in the southwest USA offering degree programs in Viticulture and Enology, YC will be a centerpiece for teaching and learning programs for the region’s wine industry.

  • Cultivating Success in Arizona

    Arizona is a new frontier for wine makers. Known for its rich and traditional farming heritage, the Verde Valley has rapidly become the center of Arizona’s emerging wine industry.

  • Rural Economic Development

    Arizona's wine industry is pouring millions of dollars into the state's economy providing a tremendous boost to local hotels, restaurants, shops, tour operators and other businesses.

  • Best Environmental Practices

    The growing wine industry in AZ provides ideal conditions for the Southwest Wine Center to demonstrate & promote practices that are environmentally sound and resource conserving.


Yavapai College Plays a Key Role

Yavapai College is a partner in the movement to strengthen and transform Yavapai County’s rural economy by building on the momentum of the emerging wine industry.

The Five Core Elements

The Southwest Wine Center, on the Verde Valley campus in Clarkdale, AZ, will be the premier academic center supporting wine growers throughout the southwest US. The Center will serve as a hub of education, research and rural economic development activity designed to support a young viticulture industry in achieving its potential as a significant US wine producing region.

Help Us Grow

There are a variety of opportunities for involvement with and giving to the Southwest Wine Center. Naming opportunities in the winery begin at $10,000, as well as a full menu of funding alternatives and financial partnerships.

Contact the Yavapai College Foundation for more info:.

Paul Kirchgraber
Prescott, 928.717.7773