Best Wine Festival (2018)


There's a reason that Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, is often depicted as quite the partier. Wine makes a good festival even better.

  • The Garagiste Festival

    The Garagiste Festival
    Paso Robles, Calif.

    This three-day wine festival hosted four times per year in Paso Robles, Solvang, Sonoma and Los Angeles celebrates small-production winemaking – wineries and vineyards producing under 1,500 cases per year. In addition to the main festival, smaller events throughout the year include mini tastings and festivals focused on specific production areas, like the Santa Ynez Valley. The Paso Robles festival will be held November 9th through 11th.
    Photo courtesy of The Garagiste Festival

  • 30A Wine Festival

    30A Wine Festival
    Alys Beach, Fla.

    Florida’s 30A Wine Festival will return for its seventh year in early 2019. This four-day celebration benefiting the Children’s Volunteer Health Network features a wine dinner, barbecue and bourbon tasting, tasting seminars, a grand tasting, brunch and a croquet tournament, all set in the beautiful community of Alys Beach.
    Photo courtesy of 30A Wine Festival / Facebook

  • Seed Food + Wine Week

    Seed Food + Wine Week

    Seed Food and Wine Week isn’t just another food festival. It’s a celebration of the plant-based foods movement that features more than 200 exhibitors, 40 plant-based chefs, celebrity speakers, dinners, tastings, parties and a yoga meditation brunch to wrap things up.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Milkos

  • Auction Napa Valley

    Auction Napa Valley
    St. Helena, Calif.

    Napa Valley Vintners will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2019 during its annual Auction Napa Valley, one of the nation’s top charity wine events dating back to 1981. The festival includes vintner-hosted parties, a single case auction and a live auction hosted on the grounds of Meadowood Napa Valley. Proceeds from the event benefit some 25 local nonprofits.
    Photo courtesy of Alexander Rubin for Napa Valley Vintners

  • 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 fun in the sun, live music, cooking demos 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

  • Naples Winter Wine Festival

    Naples Winter Wine Festival
    Naples, Fla.

    This annual winter festival benefitting the Naples Children & Education Foundation is a three-day celebration that includes vintners dinners, a live wine auction, live music and a celebration brunch.
    Photo courtesy of Naples Winter Wine Festival

  • Nantucket Wine & Food Festival

    Nantucket Wine & Food Festival
    Nantucket, Mass.

    Summer in Nantucket kicks off with the Nantucket Wine Festival each May – 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 Nantucket Wine & Food Festival / Facebook

  • Chicago Gourmet

    Chicago Gourmet

    The name says it all. Chicago Gourmet celebrates the best bites and sips in the Windy City in Millennium Park each September. The event typically features plenty of celebrity chefs, wine and cocktail seminars, over a dozen Master Sommeliers in attendance, tastings and special parties at 10 iconic Chicago locations.
    Photo courtesy of Chicago Gourmet

  • Taste Washington

    Taste Washington

    Each spring Seattle welcomes wine enthusiasts from around the world to Taste Washington, the largest single-region wine and food event in the U.S. During the four-day event, 230 wineries and 65 restaurants gather in one place. The schedule includes a grand tasting, wine dinners and seminars on Washington wines.
    Photo courtesy of Taste Washington

  • International Pinot Noir Celebration

    International Pinot Noir Celebration
    McMinnville, Ore.

    Oregon is known throughout the world for its outstanding Pinot Noirs, and this grape is celebrated each July during the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration. Now in its 32nd year, this three-day event includes vineyard tours, winery lunches, special tastings and numerous seminars on Pinor Noir-related topics.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / shanecotee


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

  1. The Garagiste Festival - Paso Robles, Calif.
  2. 30A Wine Festival - Alys Beach, Fla.
  3. Seed Food + Wine Week - Miami
  4. Auction Napa Valley - St. Helena, Calif.
  5. Finger Lakes Wine Festival - Watkins Glen, N.Y.
  6. Naples Winter Wine Festival - Naples, Fla.
  7. Nantucket Wine & Food Festival - Nantucket, Mass.
  8. Chicago Gourmet - Chicago
  9. Taste Washington - Seattle
  10. International Pinot Noir Celebration - McMinnville, Ore.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Jill Barth, a Provence Wine Master; Karen MacNeil, one of the foremost wine experts in the U.S.; and June Rodil, a Master Sommelier were chosen for their knowledge of wine and the American wine scene.

Congratulations to all these winning festivals!

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