Bringing California wine country to the City...Meet the Winemakers, Taste their Passion!
Taste and discover the wines from over 45 high-quality, commercial micro-wineries from all over California. This unique festival is the heart of the hands-on, small-lot winemaking explosion now happening in California. We will have ultra-premium winemakers from all over the state - from Napa & Sonoma to Mendocino, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara and all points in between. It would take months if not years of research and travel to discover this many artisan "garagiste" wineries on your own.
What makes the Garagiste Festivals different?
• Meet the Winemakers - you get to taste with the winemakers/owners at EVERY table. Hear their stories and taste the wines with the people who actual craft them. Not salespeople or brokers, the winemakers themselves. It makes for a completely different wine tasting experience, trust us.
• No supermarket wines – These are rare wines that can very hard to find – even in wine country. Most of our wineries do not have tasting rooms and are not on “wine country” maps – you have to know where to look. Now you can find 50 of them under one roof at the Garagiste Festival. No supermarket wines here, unlike most other wine events.
• Unmatched variety – There is no better place to vastly increase your wine knowledge. Whether you are an expert, a novice, or somewhere in between – you will be able to taste and compare an incredibly wide range of varietals and styles. You will have the completely unique opportunity to taste almost every grape being grown under the CA sun.
• First Vintages - there's nothing more exciting than being the first to try something and we have 8 wineries participating in LA sharing their very first bottles of wine. How cool is that? You can say you knew them when...
GRAND TASTING: 3:00-6:00pm - Unlimited tastes with over 40 CA wineries, cheese & charcuterie board and a 16oz crystal keepsake wine glass. List of participants coming soon!
VIP RARE & RESERVE TASTING - 2:00-3:00pm - This hour is truly something special for our VIP Ticket holders. Given the already small case lots our wineries make, the bottles being opened during this hour will be like finding a unicorn. Wine club only, library wines, first vintages sold out long ago...and yes, a bit of future casting is on the agenda as well with some pre-releases you'll get to brag about months - and perhaps years - before your friends get to try them. This is the best of their best and we wanted to give you a truly memorable experience, more than just an extra hour to taste with fewer people on hand. Though that's certainly nice, too.
PARTICIPATING WINERIES INCLUDE: Alma Sol Winery, Ann Albert Wines, Ascension Cellars, Bellante Family Winery*, Betwixt Wines*, Brophy Clark Cellars, Caliza Winery, Cavelletti Vineyards*, Cloak & Dagger, Cutruzzola Vineyards, El Lugar Wines, Frisco Cellars*, Golden Triangle, Gordenker Wines*, Hoi Polloi Wines, In Vino Musicas*, Kaleidos Winery, Kitson Wines*, Lavender Oak Ranch*, Malibu Ridge Vineyards*, Marin's Vineyard, Mastro Scheidt*, MCV Wines, Metrick Wines, Monochrome Wines, Murder Ridge Vineyards, On Your Left, Record Family Wines*, Siela Wines*, Stolo Family Vineyards, Sweetzer Cellars, Sycamore Ranch, The Blending Lab*, Tlo Wines, Torch Wines*, TW Fermentations, Vinemark Cellars, Volatus Wines and Wildwood Oak Winery*.
Meet the winemakers, taste their passion!
*First time pouring in LA!
Garagiste Events, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit whose proceeds go towards the education of future professionals within the wine industry.