Toast the Wines of Texas, Oregon and Argentina
September 17, 18, 19 and 20
Set in beautiful Historic Downtown Grapevine, guests can affordably experience wines not normally available in Texas. This year’s event will feature a special emphasis on wines from Texas, Oregon, and Argentina. For an up to the minute schedule and event information, visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/GrapeFest.
GrapeFest is the largest wine festival in the Southwest and offers four days of family-friendly festival fun for all ages. Some of the favorite festival events include the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation; the Texas Wine Tribute, GrapeStomp; the Champagne Terrace; KidsWorld; GrapeFest Golf Classic; GrapeFest Tennis Classic; Italian CarFest; live entertainment and much more!
Sample 162 Texas wines from 43 Texas wineries at the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the United States. GrapeFest is one of the most popular events of the year and tickets for the 11 sessions are already limited for certain events. Find new favorites and discuss the different available varietals with winery representatives. Guests then get to vote for their favorites and the winners of the competition will be announced on Sunday, September 20 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $23 in advance. Advance purchase is recommended as sessions sell out quickly. Guests must be 21 and over to enter this contest.
Buy tickets now for the Texas Wine Tribute on Saturday, September 12, beginning with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Each year, this spectacular black-tie gala celebrates specially selected Texas wines paired with a four-course dinner. The Texas Wine Tribute will recognize the winner of the annual “Tall in Texas” Award which is presented to an individual winery that has been instrumental in promoting Texas wines and the Texas wine industry. The 2015 “Tall in Texas” Award winner is Llano Estacado Winery from Lubbock, TX. The Texas Wine Tribute benefits the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Foundation and Metroport Meals On Wheels. Tickets are $125 per person and advance purchase is required.
Stomp your way to victory at the annual GrapeStomp competition! Teams of two take turns stomping approximately 18 pounds of grapes for two minutes. If your team stomps the most juice, you just might qualify to stomp some more at the Grand Champion StompOff on Sunday, when the winners are awarded the coveted “Purple Foot” award. Entry fee is $5 per person. Special GrapeStomp events include the Senior GrapeStomp at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 18 and the Mayoral GrapeStomp on Saturday, September 19 at 11 a.m. A free special stomping area is also available for kids 12 and under.
Feel the rhythm at the 29th Annual GrapeFest! Entertainment stages are located throughout the festival grounds and will feature a variety of live musical acts during the four-day event.
Discover Grapevine’s hotels during GrapeFest! For information on hotels, packages and where to stay, visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/GrapeFest.
The 29th Annual GrapeFest – A Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West, will open Thursday, September 17 at 10 a.m. Admission is free to everyone all day Thursday and until 5 p.m. on Friday. Hours are Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission prices are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors 62+ and children 6-12. Weekend passes are available for $18 and souvenir weekend passes are $23. Admission is free for children five and under. For more information, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-457-6338 or 817-410-3185 or visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/GrapeFest.
Bank of the West, Member FDIC, and presenting sponsor of the 29th Annual GrapeFest is proud to be an Independent Community Bank, serving the DFW area for 3 decades; “helping create flourishing communities by putting your dollars to work locally…with decisions made locally.”