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Best Wine Festival (2022)

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There's a reason Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, is often depicted as a partier. Wine makes a good festival even better. From full parties to laid-back events, there's a wine festival for everyone. 

  • Key West Food & Wine Festival

    Key West Food & Wine Festival
    Key West, Florida

    Escape winter, and head to the sunny Florida Keys! This creative festival is the perfect escape for the wintertime blues in their fourteenth year.  10Best Wine Expert Dynie Sanderson remarks, “With over twenty unique events, held at spectacular island locations, this is an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of wines and cuisine.”
    Photo courtesy of Key West Food and Wine Festival

  • San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

    San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival
    San Diego, California

    Sandy beaches and sailboats set the scene for this weeklong festival in San Diego. Celebrity chefs, top notch winemakers, mixologists, Master Sommeliers, brewmasters and James Beard-winning authors join together for more than 40 events.
    Photo courtesy of San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival

  • Black Vines

    Black Vines
    Oakland, California

    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

  • Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

    Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta
    Santa Fe, New Mexico

    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 the Grand Tasting on the grassy lawns of Magers Field at Fort Marcy Park in downtown Santa Fe. 
    Photo courtesy of Photo by Gabriella Marks, Courtesy of Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

  • Yadkin Valley Wine Festival

    Yadkin Valley Wine Festival
    Elkin, North Carolina

    With over forty wineries and vineyards in the mountains of northwestern North Carolina, this festival on the third Saturday in May has a lot to offer. The 25-acre municipal park in Elkins, population 4,000, provides small-town Southern hospitality with plenty of room for wine sampling, food trucks, and music. Don’t miss the afternoon grape stomp!
    Photo courtesy of petrenkod // Getty Images

  • Paso Wine Fest

    Paso Wine Fest
    Paso Robles, California

    California’s Central Coast is a legendary wine country, and the Paso Wine Fest celebrates that legacy with wine tastings, dinners, live music on three stages, vendors, and seminars. This four-day festival in Paso Robles in May concludes with a walk-around Grand Tasting representing 100 wineries in the region.
    Photo courtesy of LightFieldStudios // Getty Images

  • The Oregon Wine Experience

    The Oregon Wine Experience
    Jacksonville, Oregon

    This August event in Jacksonville, Oregon brings thousands of wine enthusiasts together for a week celebrating Oregon wine. Events include a wine competition, Wine University with pairings and seminars, vintner dinners, barrel auction, salmon bake and a grand tasting.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / ViewApart

  • Garagiste Wine Festival

    Garagiste Wine Festival
    Sonoma, California

    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

  • New Orleans Food & Wine Experience

    New Orleans Food & Wine Experience
    New Orleans, Louisiana

    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

  • Charleston Wine + Food

    Charleston Wine + Food
    Charleston, South Carolina

    Perennially voted one of America’s favorite cities to visit, with a rich regional Low Country culinary tradition, Charleston Wine + Food has been popular since its inception in 2006. The event features a diverse mix of Charleston’s top chefs, along with special out of town guests. But what really sets it apart is the array of live music acts, artists, expert speakers and farmers who join the star-studded cast of chefs for five days of classes, dinners, tastings and even a chef-led oyster excursion.
    Photo courtesy of Charleston Wine + Food

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

  1. Key West Food & Wine Festival - Key West, Florida
  2. San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival - San Diego, California
  3. Black Vines - Oakland, California
  4. Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta - Santa Fe, New Mexico
  5. Yadkin Valley Wine Festival - Elkin, North Carolina
  6. Paso Wine Fest - Paso Robles, California
  7. The Oregon Wine Experience - Jacksonville, Oregon
  8. Garagiste Wine Festival - Sonoma, California
  9. New Orleans Food & Wine Experience - New Orleans, Louisiana
  10. Charleston Wine + Food - Charleston, South Carolina

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning festivals!

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Dynie Sanderson

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