Celebrate GrapeFest in Grapevine this September

Information from Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau:

 

31st Annual GrapeFest® A Texas Wine Experience presented by Bank of the West

Raise a glass at Grapevine’s 31st Annual GrapeFest, A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank
of the West, September 14, 15, 16 and 17. Sip your way through a variety of delicious taste
sensations with special emphasis on wines from Texas and guest wineries from the Finger Lakes
Region of New York and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada. Get your tickets now to experience these
exciting wines, many of which are not normally available in Texas.
GrapeFest is the largest wine festival in the Southwest and offers four days of family-friendly
festival fun for all ages. Some favorite GrapeFest events include the People’s Choice Wine
Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation; the Texas Wine
Tribute; GrapeStomp, sponsored by Tom Thumb; Liberty Park Plaza Wine Experience
sponsored by Gaylord Texan Resort; the Champagne Terrace, sponsored by Audi Grapevine;
KidsWorld; the GrapeFest Golf Classic; the GrapeFest Tennis Classic; ItalianCarFest,
presented by Boardwalk Ferrari Maserati and Lamborghini Dallas; live entertainment and
much more!

Savor the flavors of more than 140 Texas varietals from 38 Texas wineries at the People’s Choice
Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the United States.
During 11 sessions throughout the weekend, this signature event is one of the most popular
GrapeFest events and tickets are already getting limited for certain sessions. Guests vote for their
favorites and the winners of the competition will be announced on Sunday, September 17 at 5 p.m.
Tickets are $23 in advance or $25 at the festival. Guests must be 21 and over to enter.

GrapeFest is a celebration of Texas wines. Texas is the fifth-largest wine producing state in the
United States. Grapevine is home to the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association and Texas’
premier Urban Wine Trail. More than 300 wineries and 4,400 acres of producing vineyard farmland
yields nearly three million gallons of Texas wine each year.
Guests will find wines from the Finger Lakes Region of New York in the Liberty Park Plaza
Wine Experience sponsored by Gaylord Texan Resort. The Finger Lakes area is New York's
largest wine producing region with more than 100 wineries and vineyards. Because of the lakes'
great depth, they provide a lake effect to the lush vineyards that flank their shores. The main
grape varieties grown are Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc,
Vidal Blanc and Seyval Blanc among others. GrapeFest guest wineries from the Finger Lakes
Region include Glenora Wine Cellars, Knapp Winery, Fox Run Vineyards, Anthony Road Wine
Company, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Wagner Vineyards and Thirsty Owl Wine Company.
In the Liberty Park Plaza Wine Experience, festival guests can also sample wines from guest
wineries from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada. This wine region lies east of the Welland Canal to
the Niagara River and from Lake Ontario to the crest of the Niagara Escarpment. Known for
producing mineral-rich, light-bodied Chardonnays, citrus Rieslings and complex Cabernet Franc
wines, the region is also home to Icewine, a type of dessert wine that is produced from grapes that
have been frozen. Festival guests will experience flavorful Canadian Icewine, along with other
varietals throughout the four-day festival. Guest wineries from Niagara-on-the-Lake include
Konzelmann Estate Winery, Pillitteri Estates Winery and The Ice House.

Stomp your way to victory at the annual GrapeStomp competition, sponsored by Tom Thumb.
Let your feet do the stomping as teams of two take turns to crush approximately 18 pounds of
grapes for two minutes. If your team stomps the most juice, you just might qualify to stomp some
more at the Grand Champion StompOff on Sunday, with the winners being awarded the coveted
"Purple Foot" award. Entry fee is $5 per person. Special GrapeStomp events include the the
Mayoral GrapeStomp on Saturday, September 16 at 11 a.m. A free special stomping area is also
available for kids 12 and under.

Feel the rhythm at the 31st Annual GrapeFest! The Grapevine Mills Main Stage, the Town Square
Gazebo Stage and the Palace Theatre Stage will feature live entertainment throughout the festival.
In addition to live music, one of this year’s featured performers is Wacky Chad. With award
winning pogo stick skills, charmingly funny jokes and antics, Wacky Chad has appeared on
America's Got Talent, as well as performed in 25 countries. Wacky Chad’s appearance at GrapeFest
will be his first appearance in Texas.

The 31st Annual GrapeFest, A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West, will open
on Thursday, September 14 at 10 a.m. Admission is free to everyone all day Thursday and until
5 p.m. on Friday. Hours are Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to
11:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission prices are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors
(62+) and children (6-12).
Weekend passes are available for $18 and souvenir weekend passes are $23. Admission is free for
children five and under. For more information, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau
at 800-457-6338 or 817-410-3185 or visit www.GrapeFest.com.


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