Map of grape growing areas in Arizona (A) and the environmental conditions (B – temperature, C – soil types, and D – precipitation) that contribute to the challenges of growing wine grapes in this region.

A new book set to be released on December 30, 2019, explores the social and geographic effects of the growing popularity of tourism around agriculture, wine, and craft beer.  Agritourism, Wine Tourism, and Craft Beer Tourism: Local Responses to Peripherality Through Tourism Niches (Maria Giulia Pezzi, Alessandra Faggian, and Neil Reid, editors) includes a chapter co-authored by DataLab’s GIS Specialist Dr. Michele Tobias. 

Chapter 5, “‘A big fish in a small pond’: How Arizona wine country was made”, was a collaboration between Colleen C. Myles (Texas State University, San Marcos), Michele Tobias (UC Davis), and Innisfree McKinnon (University of Wisconsin, Stout) exploring the human and physical geography contributing to the growth and success of the wine industry in a state that seems like a less than ideal fit for wine grapes.

The chapter makes use of the digital boundaries for Arizona created by the American Viticultural Areas Digitizing Project based at UC Davis, and illustrates how this dataset and others of its kind can contribute to new interdisciplinary research.