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Stronghold Founder Assumes Control of Winery

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, the top producer of high quality wines in Arizona, has gone public in a deal finalized yesterday​ outlining the return of one of the label’s co-founders, Eric Glomski. The founder and owner of Page Springs Cellars and co-founder and owner of Arizona Stronghold, Glomski has now obtained full operating control of the Arizona Stronghold Vineyards business.​ ​Following a two-year hiatus from the day-to-day operations at ASV, Glomski returns as the general manager and director of winegrowing at Arizona Stronghold, overseeing the business as well as the growing and winemaking for the label.

Glomski enters in to the agreement with plans to right the label by putting improved accessibility and affordability at the center of its business strategy, putting an even stronger focus on Arizona and the Southwest as the label’s target markets while still supporting the national and international markets.

“I’ve learned a lot in the last ten years about running vineyards and wineries efficiently, and I know that we have a real opportunity to continue making the high quality wines that our customers have grown to expect coming from the ASV label. With improvements made to the way that we manage the business and how our wines are distributed, we’re presented with an opportunity to make our wines available at a more affordable price point – both by the glass and per bottle,” said Glomski.

Looking ahead, the label will return to making Custom Crush and Winemaking a focus again for other winemakers and brands in Arizona, while continuing to promote the thriving statewide industry as a whole by making its wines more readily available to a larger demographic.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to rebuild Stronghold and guide it back toward its original, founding mission – which was to bring Arizona wines to as many people as possible.”

Glomski and now former partner and co-founder, Maynard James Keenan mutually agreed on the dissolution of their partnership. The deal outlines Glomski’s full rights to retain the winery, brand and all current inventory, in addition to the 160-acre Bonita Springs property that the label has held control of, with more than 40 additional acres of vineyard. Glomski will hold a 5-year contract on key blocks from the former Arizona Stronghold vineyard, now the Al Buhl Memorial Vineyard and will maintain contracts with other important growers.

As the original winemaker for Arizona Stronghold, Glomski has been the mastermind behind many of the multi-award-winning wines that the label is now famous for, including flagship blends like Tazi, Mangus and Nachise.

Corey Turnbull, current tasting room manager at Page Spring Cellars and co-owner of Burning Tree Cellars, is joining Eric Glomski, Joseph Ranallo and Niles Johnson as the newest member of the Winemaking Team at Arizona Stronghold.

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Arizona Stronghold Vineyards 2nd Annual Spring Palate Training

Wine and baseball, anyone?

The Arizona Stronghold Vineyards team will be heading down to Scottsdale to host its 2nd annual Spring Palate Training on Sunday, March 10 at Salt River Fields.

SpringPalateTraining2013.inddThe award-winning brand will be taking over one of the ballpark’s party decks for an hour-long palate training, beginning at 11 a.m. Ambassador of Wine Education Justin Ove will lead the group through a tasting featuring five of ASV’s wines.

After the tasting, everyone will be treated to lunch and invited to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Colorado Rockies from VIP seating.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.azstronghold.com. Tickets for ASV wine club members are $70 and non-members are $85 (this includes the tasting, lunch and game).

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards was formed in 2007 by Eric Glomski and Maynard James Keenan. ASV helped put Arizona on the map for fine wines. The vineyards are located in Cochise County, its winery in Camp Verde and tasting room in Old Town Cottonwood.

Please contact wineclub@azstronghold.com or 928-639-2789 (ext.214) with questions.

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ARIZONA STRONGHOLD VINEYARDS 2ND ANNUAL SPRING PALATE TRAINING

Wine and baseball, anyone?

The Arizona Stronghold Vineyards team will be heading down to Scottsdale to host its 2nd Annual Spring Palate Training on Sunday, March 10 at Salt River Fields.

SpringPalateTraining2013.inddThe award-winning brand will be taking over one of the ballpark’s party decks for an hour-long palate training, beginning at 11 a.m. Ambassador of Wine Education Justin Ove will lead the group through a tasting featuring five of ASV’s wines.

After the tasting, everyone will be treated to lunch and invited to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Colorado Rockies from VIP seating.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.azstronghold.com. Tickets for ASV wine club members are $70 and non-members are $85 (this includes the tasting, lunch and game).

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards was formed in 2007 by Eric Glomski and Maynard James Keenan. ASV helped put Arizona on the map for fine wines. The vineyards are located in Cochise County, its winery in Camp Verde and tasting room in Old Town Cottonwood.

Please contact wineclub@azstronghold.com or 928-639-2789 (ext.214) with questions.

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Arizona Stronghold Vineyards Hosts 4th Quarter Wine Club Release At Firesky

This Saturday, December 15, Arizona Stronghold Vineyards is hosting a celebration complete with wine and light fair ― the 2012 4th Quarter Wine Club Release. During this special event held at Firesky Resort & Spa, guests will enjoy the tasting of two Arizona Stronghold Vineyard Site Archive wines as well as food from Taggia – Coastal Italian Cuisine & Cocktails, located in Old Town Scottsdale.

At the event, Arizona Stronghold Vineyards will be pouring its 2011 Nachise, 2011 Site Archive Riesling and 2011 Site Archive Bonita Springs Cabernet Pick 3. The two site archives will be available by the bottle at Taggia for a limited time.

Those at Arizona Stronghold Vineyards have planned the event in hopes to bring together Valley residents and Arizona Stronghold Vineyards Wine Club members to socialize and celebrate Arizona-made wine, which has had quite the impact on the state, pumping millions into the economy and drawing visitors from both in and out of state.

According to the Arizona Wine Tourism Industry Survey, produced for the Arizona Office of Tourism and conducted by Northern Arizona University’s Arizona Hospitality Research & Resource Center:

  • Arizona wine visitors had an estimated $22.7 million in direct expenditures, which resulted in an indirect economic impact of $4.3 million, and induced impacts of $10.5 million for a total industry economic impact of $37.6 million. Indirect business taxes based on direct expenditures produced an additional $5.9 million and the total economic impact supported 265 direct jobs and 140 indirect and induced jobs, for a total of 405 jobs.
  • Day visitors had an average of $149 in direct spending, with restaurant and grocery expenditures ($44) accounting for the largest portion.
  • Overnight visitors had average expenditures of $370, with lodging or camping ($140) comprising the single largest item.
  • In terms of county origins, Maricopa County contributes more than half (55%) of all wine visitors followed by Pima County (33%).
  • Almost one‐third (29.0%) of the sample have never visited an Arizona winery before, while 6.8 percent have visited 11 or more Arizona wineries in the past 12 months (average 4 visits/year).
  • More than four‐fifths (82.7%) of all respondents said that their experience at the winery or tasting room was either “a little better than I expected,” or “much better than I expected.” A glowing endorsement of the customer service and value of the experience.

Admission into Arizona Stronghold Vineyards’ event is free for Wine Club members and $10 for non-members. For more information about Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, visit azstronghold.com, call (928) 639-2789 ext. 206, or email wineclub@azstronghold.com.

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards 2012 4th Quarter Wine Club Release

When: Saturday, December 15, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: FireSky Resort & Spa
4925 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Tickets: Free (Arizona Stronghold Vineyards Wine Club members), $10 (non-members)
(Purchase tickets here.)