The Garagiste Wine Festival
Friday, February 10 2023 to Sunday, February 12 2023
The Garagiste Wine Festival, named the ‘Best Wine Festival in the US in 2018 in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers Choice Awards, is the first and only wine festival dedicated to the undiscovered and under-recognized American artisan ‘garagiste’ producers who are making some of the best, most exciting, handcrafted small-lot production wines in the world. Founded by fellow garagistes Stewart McLennan and Douglas Minnick, the Garagiste Festivals are committed to discovering the best and most innovative limited-production winemakers and promoting and showcasing them to a broad audience of discerning wine consumers
Location: Solvang Veteran's Memorial Hall
1745 Mission Drive, Solvang CA 93463 Solvang, CA
Most of our excellent, hard-to-find wineries do not have tasting rooms and can’t be found on “wine country” maps. Many sell out their wines quickly to their allocation lists. The Garagiste Festival gives you the rare opportunity to get in on the ground floor and discover some pretty unique wines and even enjoy a few first vintages! The wines showcased here are created from personal passion, not a marketing strategy. These are NOT supermarket wines, and the difference is astounding. Located indoors in the beautiful Mission-style Veterans Memorial Hall, attendees can escape the usual large festival crowds and taste - with the actual winemakers and owners! - in a comfortable, quaint and personal setting. Tickets are limited so you don’t waste time in line and Early Access / Weekend Pass attendees get an extended 1.5 hours of tasting before the rest of the crowd is let in. No other event delivers this amount of one-on-one access to their winery partners.
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