What’s better than summer vacation? Summer vacation with wine! If you’re planning a trip this summer, think about including a stop at one of the many wine festivals that take place across the country. Good wine, gourmet food, and plenty of fun-loving people make these events memorable experiences, and a great way to explore and learn about the wines of different regions. What better way to relax and enjoy your time away from home than with a glass of wine in your hand?
We’ve put together a list of some of destination-worthy events for you to consider. But it doesn’t matter where you’re headed this summer – wine festivals and tasting events can be found in almost any community, large and small. To find what’s happening in your vacation destinations (or for local events close to home) check out LocalWineEvents.com for all the listings.
Mammoth Food and Wine Experience, Mammoth, CA, July 5 -7, 2013
Located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains, this is a three-day extravaganza of food and wine, with plenty of wine tastings available, plus educational opportunities and gourmet dining to boot. While you’re in Mammoth, enjoy hiking, biking, golf and fishing amidst the mountain peaks and towering pine trees.
Park City Utah Food & Wine Classic, Park City, UT, July 10 – 14, 2013
The home of the 2002 Winter Olympics offers plenty of attraction for summer visitors too. Take a break from exploring 400 miles of biking and hiking trails to visit this premier destination wine festival which features over 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries and more.
Finger Lakes Wine Festival, Watkins Glen, NY, July 12-14
Featuring the largest collection of New York State Wines anywhere, this festival is held at the historic Watkins Glen International race course. A unique wine event that opens with a toga fest, this festival features on-site camping for die-hard party goers. Live entertainment, the Taster’s Banquet and numerous culinary and educational sessions makes this a don’t-miss event.
California Wine Festival, Santa Barbara, CA, July 18- 20, 2013
Enjoy the quintessential California wine tasting experience with music, sun and sea. The 10th Annual festival in Santa Barbara offers special events like the Sunset Rare & Reserve Wine Tasting and the Beachside Wine Festival. In between tastings, enjoy the beaches, shopping and fine dining in this beautiful, family-friendly city by the sea.
International Pinot Noir Celebration, McMinnville, OR, July 26 – 28, 2013
This world-famous has attracted renowned winemakers, chefs and visitors for three days of gourmet dining and incredible wine tasting since 1987. Rub elbows with the makers of your favorite Pinots, and tour the vineyards where they are grown. Set in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, McMinnville is just 75 minutes south of Portland, 60 minutes from the Oregon Coast, and 90 minutes from the beautiful Cascade Mountains.
Steamboat Wine Festival, Steamboat Springs, CO, August 7 – 11, 2013
Five days of wine and food events provide plenty of tasting opportunities at this festival, celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year. Guided hikes and fun-filled seminars make this a rich, educational experience in the beautiful Rocky Mountain community. Summertime adventures include horseback riding and hot air balloon rides, and lodging options are many.
Monterey Winemakers’ Celebration, Monterey, CA, August 10, 2013
At this 21st annual celebration, you can sample wines from over 30 local wineries while enjoying one of the most beautiful spots along the California Coast. First settled in 1777, Monterey, California has long been a destination for those in search of scenic delights. Play golf on the legendary Pebble Beach course, visit historic Cannery Roy and the world-class Monterey Aquarium, or experience breathtaking beauty on the iconic 17 Mile Drive and Big Sur. Accommodations range from luxury resorts to idyllic camping sites.
GrapeFest, Grapvine, TX, September 12 – 15, 2013
For 27 years, GrapeFest has been offering up the best of Texas wineries in four days of wine tasting and gourmet treats. Participate in the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the native, and head over to the GrapeStomp to try and win the coveted “Purple Foot “award. GrapeFest is a family affair, with carnival rides and midway for all-ages entertainment.
Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta, Santa Fe, NM, September 25 – 29, 2013
With five days of wine dinners, cooking demos and plenty of tasting opportunities featuring the culinary artistry of this historic city. 90 wineries from around the nation participate. While you’re in Santa Fe, visit the nearby Indian Pueblos, or take in art and history at over a dozen local museums. Discover high-end, hand-made and hard-to-find treasures in the many shopping venues, and then discover a new level of bliss while relaxing in one of the superb spas.
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, Orlando, FL, September 27 – November 11, 2013
Who says a Disney vacation is just for kids? Plan your visit to the Magic Kingdom to experience new cuisines and international wines, along with seminars and demonstrations from the worlds’ top chefs. Signature dining experience and nightly entertainment make this annual event a yearly favorite for many visitors.