Joshua Manning, Winemaker, Kief-Joshua Vineyards, Elgin, AZ
Kief grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona and first started making beer and wine in his closet while attending classes at Arizona State University. When he finally made lemon wine from a tree in his backyard, it was so delicious that plans to start a vineyard in Arizona Wine Country were inevitable.
From the moment he decided to open Kief-Joshua Vineyards, Kief immersed himself into every aspect of the business. His firsthand experience was complemented by an undergraduate degree in Wine Technology and Marketing and graduate degree in enology and viticulture at the University of Melbourne, both in Victoria, Australia. Inspired by the dream to sustain his vineyard for hundreds of years, Kief is determined to grow vines that are virtually free of all pesticides and herbicides. He is and avid reader and is focusing his attention toward a holistic farming approach developed in the 1920s by the Austrian scientist-philosopher Rudolf Steiner. While this philosophy encompasses many principles of organic farming, such as the elimination of all chemicals, it goes further, requiring close attention to the varied forces of nature influencing the vine. It also emphasizes a closed, self-sustaining ecosystem.
Kief-Joshua Vineyards is open daily from 11 am to 5 pm for wine tastings. Private classes focusing on sensory evaluations, wine tasting 101, and food pairing are also available by appointment. For more information, please visit www.kj-vineyards.com.