Nickie Check

Viticulture in Arizona

Nikki Check,

Prescott College Affiliation : Alumni


Program : On-Campus Undergraduate Programs


Area of Study : Agroecology


Area of Expertise : Viticulture


Current Job : Comanager at Merkin Vineyards


Location : Verde Valley, Arizona


Nickie grows grapes for Caduceus Cellars, Merkin Vineyards in the Verde Valley, Arizona.  The operation consists of a handful of dedicated people, 8 acres of planted vineyards and several acres of planned vineyards. Nickie manages two small orchards, co-manages the vineyards, and does a bit of vineyard and orchard consulting. Merkin Vineyards has partnered with Yavapai College in growing an acre of vines on their Clarkdale Campus, and Nickie teaches viticulture courses for the college.   

"I have had the pleasure of being a part of the Verde Valley Wine Consortium which has been leading the way in addressing many issues such as education, economic development, environmental benefits, grants, and local policy concerning the development of vineyards in the Valley." —Nickie Check


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