If you’re a lover of Texas wine and a wine lover in Texas, you should be excited about this coming wine festival that gives back! The annual Texas Wine Jam has been expanded to two days to allow wine lovers more opportunity to enjoy Texas wines and music while raising money for the SIMS Foundation and Texas Wine Community Scholarships.
Mark your calendar for November 4th and 5th at Vinovium at 214 Edmonds Avenue in Johnson City. The fun begins at noon and extends to 5 p.m. Or splurge a little for a VIP ticket and get the benefit of early admission at 11 a.m.
Texas Wine Jam is a wine and music festival is produced by Daniel Kelada of Vinovium. The festival shines a light on leading Texas wineries and great local musicians that feed our soul and drive the “Cool” of Central Texas. It’s also about supporting two impactful causes for both local music and local wine – The SIMS Foundation and the Texas Wine Community Scholarships. Four dollars from every ticket sold will be split between these two organizations to aid Texas musicians and encourage new winemakers and grape growers in the Lone Star State.
The festival features a showcase of more than 20 outstanding Texas wineries, including:
- 12 FIRES Winery & Vineyard
- Ab Astris Winery
- Adega Vinho
- Bingham Family Vineyards
- Blue Ostrich Winery
- Carter Creek Winery
- Crowson Wines
- Farmhouse Vineyards
- Hye Meadow Winery
- Lewis Wines
- Lost Draw Cellars
- Pebble Rock Cellars
- Portree Cellars
- Ron Yates
- Torr Na Lochs
- Sandy Road Vineyards
- Texas Heritage Vineyard
- Siboney Cellars
- Tatum Cellars
- Westcave Cellars
Supporting live and local music is at the heart of the festival experience. Four live performances span the two-day experience, including Classic Rewind, The Anthony Garcia Band, Josh Klaus, and Bubba Coltrane and The Train Wrecks. Learn a bit more about the feature bands. Classic Rewind is a pop classic rock band that covers music from the 60s to today and is known for their incredible guitar solos. The Anthony Garcia Band is led by Texas native Anthony Garcia, a classically trained pianist who performs music described as “Cinematic Americana,” a genre that interweaves Garcia’s love of rock, blues, classical piano, and Spanish Guitar. Based in Austin, Josh Klaus has been performing live for more than twenty years, covering nearly every genre from brand new, super old, fast, slow, male, female, pop, rock, R&B, soul, and country. The headlining band on Sunday is Bubba Coltrane and The Train Wrecks, a fiery, horn-infused rock band formed out of the diverse music scene of Austin. The seven-piece band includes two guitars, a bull fiddle, a guy named Bob banging on the drums, and a three-piece misfit horn section. As if the great Texas wines aren’t enough, every one of these acts ensures you will have a good time.
Two other very exciting elements of this festival are the raffles and deals offered by the wineries. Wineries will offer exclusive day-of deals and promotions for attendees. Think about it as one of the best Texas wine-buying opportunities of the year! Each time a festival goer purchases a bottle, you are automatically entered into a raffle to win prizes that include mixed cases of wine or special products and experiences provided by the festival’s Community Partners and Sponsors.
The festival is proud to be supported by these Community Partners and Sponsors: Go Texan, The Wine & Food Foundation, Frost Bank, Texas Wine Growers, HEB, Wrenwood Ranch, Texas Wine Lover, Sommly, and Map It Out Texas.
General Admission tickets are now available at www.txwinejam.com.
- $45 Single-Day pass
- $75 for a Two-Day pass
- $55 VIP Single-Day
- $95 VIP Two-Day pass
(VIP tickets allow for early entrance into the festival at 11 a.m., five additional raffle tickets (a $25 value), plus a festival-branded wine bottle koozie.
Other Festival features include a winemaker panel, a cooking demonstration by the Hill Country’s very own Bon Vivant (JeriLynne Clifford), food from Rex’s Creole Kitchen, Rex’s Smokehouse, Oro Bianco, River Whey Creamery, and other local food and craft vendors.
The Texas Wine Community Scholarships was established in 2019 by Vinovium and the Wine & Food Foundation. These scholarships are funded by donations directly from Texas wine industry members. These academic scholarships are awarded to Texas residents enrolled in a school or college program related to and benefiting the Texas wine industry.
The SIMS Foundation provides mental health and substance use recovery services and support for musicians, music industry professionals, and their dependent family members. Through education, community partnerships, and accessible managed care, SIMS seeks to destigmatize and reduce mental health and substance use issues while supporting and enhancing the well-being of the music community at large.
About Texas Wine Jam: Texas Wine Jam is produced by Daniel Kelada, President and Managing Partner at Vinovium – a Texas winery and négociant. Daniel has a long history of giving back to the Texas wine industry in ways that bridge the gap between growers and producers and the public and the gap between growers and producers and the sommelier community and the professional wine trade. From creating a statewide Texas vs. The World® style tasting series in partnership with Whole Foods Market and Culturemap to creating the industry’s first and arguably most impactful publication for Texas wine ratings (the Texas Wine Journal), Daniel strives to build experiences that educate and entertain and that leave a lasting impression.