Sample more than 160 Texas varietals from 44 Texas wineries at the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the United States, during the 28th Annual GrapeFest – A Wine Experience in Historic Downtown Grapevine September 11-14. Tickets for the popular GrapeFest event are limited; therefore, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.
Those who participate in the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic receive a wine reference guide detailing the available wines, along with a ballot to select their favorites. Fans of Texas wines can discover new favorites and enjoy some of the best wines Texas has to offer. Guests also have the opportunity to meet winery representatives. This year, the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic will feature 44 Texas wineries, the highest number of featured wineries in People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic history. Tickets are $23 and do not include festival admission. Guests must be 21 and up. The session schedule details are:
|Session 1||Thursday, September 11||5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.|
|Session 2||Thursday, September 11||7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.|
|Session 3||Friday, September 12||5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.|
|Session 4||Friday, September 12||7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.|
|Session 5||Saturday, September 13||11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.|
|Session 6||Saturday, September 13||1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.|
|Session 7||Saturday, September 13||3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.|
|Session 8||Saturday, September 13||5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.|
|Session 9||Saturday, September 13||7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.|
|Session 10||Sunday, September 14||1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.|
|Session 11||Sunday, September 14||3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.|
|Awards Presentation||Sunday, September 14||5 p.m. – Open to public|
Texas is the fifth-largest wine producing state in the United States. Named for the wild Mustang grapes that blanketed the land when settlers first arrived to the area in 1844, Grapevine is the headquarters of the Texas Wine Industry. Texas is the site of the first vineyard established in North America circa 1662. Today, Texas is home to nearly 300 wineries and has approximately 4,400 acres of producing vineyard farmland, producing nearly 3 million gallons each year.
The 28th Annual GrapeFest – A Wine Experience will open on Thursday, September 11 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.