Best Wine Festival (2016)


10Best enlisted the help of a panel of wine and travel experts to help select 20 of America's best wine-centric festivals, then we turned it over to you – our readers – to vote your favorites to the top. After four weeks of voting, the results are in!

  • Finger Lakes Wine Festival

    Finger Lakes Wine Festival
    Watkins Glen, N.Y.

    For three days each July, some of the best Finger Lakes wineries come together in Watkins Glen for a weekend of summer fun, live music, culinary classes and the largest showcase of wines from New York state. More than 80 wineries attend the event at Watkins Glen International.
    Photo courtesy of Finger Lakes Wine Country / Bill Bauman

  • Hawai'i Food & Wine Festival

    Hawai'i Food & Wine Festival

    Created by the 50th State’s two most famous culinary personalities, Chefs Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong, this festival is unusual in its breadth and scope. The festival spans three weekends and multiple islands, with a calendar full of wine tastings, culinary experiences and unique excursions around the state.
    Photo courtesy of Hawai'i Food & Wine Festival

  • BottleRock Napa Valley

    BottleRock Napa Valley
    Napa, Calif.

    What's better than awesome California wine? Awesome California wine served to the sound of live rock 'n' roll. Each May BottleRock Napa Valley features music, food and wine from some of the best producers in California and the world. You know you're in Napa when a music festival has a staff of sommeliers!
    Photo courtesy of Steve Jennings/WireImage

  • Virginia Wine Summit

    Virginia Wine Summit
    Middleburg, Va.

    The Virginia Wine Summit in April celebrates the great wine and food culture in the state of Virginia by bringing together winemakers, writers and beverage professionals from around the country. Intimate tastings and seminars explore the world of Virginia wines.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Vintage Ohio

    Vintage Ohio
    Kirtland, Ohio

    Each August, over a dozen Ohio wineries join forced during Vintage Ohio. Two stages host live music, while attendees sip wine, browse the assortment of craft and gourmet food vendors and participate in wine-centered cooking classes and demonstrations.
    Photo courtesy of Vintage Ohio / Facebook

  • Nantucket Wine Festival

    Nantucket Wine Festival
    Nantucket, Mass.

    Summer in Nantucket kicks off with the Nantucket Wine Festival – five days of world-class wines and award-winning foods served on one of the nation's most beautiful islands. Signature events include a harbor gala, grand tasting and wine dinner, with loads of wine-centric seminars and tastings.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Charleston Wine + Food

    Charleston Wine + Food
    Charleston, S.C.

    The Charleston Wine + Food Festival celebrates Charleston’s reputation for culinary excellence every March. Visitors can attend seminars, workshops or parties, sit down for expertly crafted, intimate meals or browse the big Culinary Village in the historic Marion Square. Wine is front and center – in 2016, 68,360 glasses of wine were served at the event!
    Photo courtesy of Adam Chandler courtesy of Charleston Wine + Food

  • Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

    Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
    Sonoma, Calif.

    It should come as no surprise that one of America's greatest wine regions hosts one of America's greatest wine festivals, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. This Labor Day Weekend event connects wine enthusiasts to growers and producers through poolside parties, tastings, winemaker dinners and a wine auction.
    Photo courtesy of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

  • Paso Robles Wine Festival

    Paso Robles Wine Festival
    Paso Robles, Calif.

    Over the course of a weekend each May, wine enthusiasts converge on Paso Robles for winemaker dinners, seminars and a Grant Tasting featuring more than 70 wineries. Live music sets the scene, and attendees can pre-order a packed picnic lunch to enjoy between tastings.
    Photo courtesy of Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance

  • Zinfandel Experience

    Zinfandel Experience
    San Francisco

    Each February lovers of America's grape head to San Francisco for the Zinfandel Experience, one of the largest single-varietal tastings of its kind. The three-day event includes tastings from established and emerging producers, meet-the-maker roundtables, a live auction and other events.
    Photo courtesy of Zinfandel Experience

The top 10 winners in the category Best Wine Festival are as follows:

  1. Finger Lakes Wine Festival - Watkins Glen, N.Y.
  2. Hawai'i Food & Wine Festival - Statewide
  3. BottleRock Napa Valley - Napa, Calif.
  4. Virginia Wine Summit - Middleburg, Va.
  5. Vintage Ohio - Kirtland, Ohio
  6. Nantucket Wine Festival - Nantucket, Mass.
  7. Charleston Wine + Food - Charleston, S.C.
  8. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend - Sonoma, Calif.
  9. Paso Robles Wine Festival - Paso Robles, Calif.
  10. Zinfandel Experience - San Francisco

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Jill Barth (L’occasion), Jil Child (Wine Tours of the World), Alice Feiring (The Feiring Line) and Logan Lee (Wine Awesomeness) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of U.S. wineries and wine travel.

Additional nominees in this category included Austin Food + Wine Festival, Big Sur Food & Wine Festival, FOOD & WINE Classic, International Pinot Noir Celebration, New York City Wine & Food Festival, Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Pinknic, South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Taste Washington and Vegas Uncork'd.

Congratulations to all our winning wine festivals.

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