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Best Wine Festival (2020)

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Note from 10Best: Some of these events have been canceled or postponed in 2020. Someday, we'll all be ready to pack our suitcases again and head out on our next adventures. In the meantime, we'll keep supporting the events that inspire us. Check each individual event website for the latest. 

  • Kapalua Wine and Food Festival

    Kapalua Wine and Food Festival
    Maui

    The 2021 Kapalua Wine & Food Festival will be the 40th installment of the annual Maui event. Attendees have the opportunity to mingle with Master Sommeliers, chefs and winemakers, learn about wine in educational seminars and sample the bounty of the Hawaiian Islands.
    Photo courtesy of Kapalua Wine and Food Festival

  • Chicago Wine Fest Presented by Craft Hospitality

    Chicago Wine Fest Presented by Craft Hospitality
    Chicago

    Chicago Wine Fest Presented by Craft Hospitality is an all-day, all-night event featuring wine samples from wineries around the country and live music. VIP tickets get wine lovers in an hour early for a more exclusive tasting experience.
    Photo courtesy of Chicago Wine Fest Presented by Craft Hospitality

  • Black Vines

    Black Vines
    Berkeley, Calif.

    Black Vines is on a mission to connect wine lovers with Black winemakers though the longest running Black wine festival in the U.S. The annual winter festival in Berkeley, California brings together a range of Black winemakers, musicians, artists and vintners for a full day of tasting and live entertainment.
    Photo courtesy of Black Vines

  • Triangle Wine & Food Experience

    Triangle Wine & Food Experience
    Raleigh, N.C.

    The Triangle Wine Experience, founded in 1992, brings three days of wine events to Raleigh. The festival includes dozens of winery dinners, a grand auction, wine gala and wine store tastings, all to benefit the Frankie Lemmon School & Developmental Center.
    Photo courtesy of Triangle Wine Experience

  • Garagiste Wine Festival

    Garagiste Wine 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.
    Photo courtesy of Garagiste Wine Festival

  • 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 Festival

  • New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

    New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
    New Orleans

    New Orleans plays host to hundreds of festivals each year, with one of the most anticipated being the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience each spring. For more than two decades, NOWFE has featured Grand Tastings, Vinola the premium wine tasting, wine and food seminars, hands-on experiences, and the iconic Royal Street Stroll, which brings together rare antiques, fine art, live jazz and stunning architecture along of one America’s most famous streets. Guests get up close and personal with winemakers from around the world and New Orleans top chefs throughout.
    Photo courtesy of New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

  • Yountville Live

    Yountville Live
    Yountville, Calif.

    Food, wine and music join forces during Yountville Live, a four-day collection of tastings and events held in restaurants, wineries and caves throughout Napa Valley. Sit down for an intimate dinner with tableside acoustic performances, take a cooking class in the middle of a vineyard and sample some of Napa’s best wines.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / nd3000

  • Lodi Wine & Food Festival

    Lodi Wine & Food Festival
    Lodi, Calif.

    The Lodi Grape Festival, while relatively new to the scene, has become an instant hit. Guests can expect wine tastings, food from local restaurants and caterers, wine pairings and live music. More than 40 wineries participate.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / ViewApart

  • Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

    Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta
    Santa Fe

    This five-day festival each September showcases the culinary and wine culture of Santa Fe. Some 90 wineries from around the nation partner with 75 Santa Fe restaurants for cooking demos, wine seminars, luncheons and dinners, culminating in a Grant Tasting at the stunning outdoor Santa Fe Opera.
    Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

  • Kapalua Wine and Food Festival
  • Chicago Wine Fest Presented by Craft Hospitality
  • Black Vines
  • Triangle Wine & Food Experience
  • Garagiste Wine Festival
  • Finger Lakes Wine Festival
  • New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
  • Yountville Live
  • Lodi Wine & Food Festival
  • Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

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

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

  1. Kapalua Wine and Food Festival - Maui
  2. Chicago Wine Fest Presented by Craft Hospitality - Chicago
  3. Black Vines - Berkeley, Calif.
  4. Triangle Wine & Food Experience - Raleigh, N.C.
  5. Garagiste Wine Festival - Paso Robles, Calif.
  6. Finger Lakes Wine Festival - Watkins Glen, N.Y.
  7. New Orleans Wine & Food Experience - New Orleans
  8. Yountville Live - Yountville, Calif.
  9. Lodi Wine & Food Festival - Lodi, Calif.
  10. Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta - Santa Fe

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning events!

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