When the vineyard was planted on campus in 2010, on a hill next to the racquetball courts, the idea was to teach students real-life lessons about growing grapes. The conversion of those racquetball courts into a working winery introduced hands-on experience making wine. By 2015, the Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College opened a tasting room offering the public a chance to sample its offerings in a setting that let students hone customer service skills. Now the students will be learning a new lesson: How being named the state's best wine affects sales. Judges in the 2019 azcentral Arizona Wine Competition named the 2018 Southwest Wine Center Viogner as Best In Show, the top wine in the statewide competition.