GRAPEVINE, TX. (July 25, 2014) Take a vintage journey with unique wines, fantastic finds, live entertainment, and family-friendly fun at the 28th Annual GrapeFest® – A Wine Experience in Historic Downtown Grapevine September 11, 12, 13 and 14.
The four-day festival will feature premium wines from Texas, the state of Washington and high-end premium wines from
five of Italy’s wine regions. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a trip to the west coast or Europe to sample wines not normally available in Texas, come to GrapeFest to embark on your wine journey for just a few dollars.
GrapeFest is held along Grapevine’s Historic Main Street and is the largest wine festival in the Southwest. Some of the favorite festival events include the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation; Grape Stomp; the Champagne Terrace; Kids World; Palette Pleasers at the Palace; GrapeFest Golf Classic; GrapeFest Tennis Classic; Italian Car Fest; five stages offering live entertainment, the Texas Wine Tribute, and much more!
Sample more than 140 Texas varietals from 44 Texas wineries at the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic. Guests can meet winery representatives and find new favorites among the available varietals. Eleven sessions are held throughout the four-day festival.
The 28th Annual GrapeFest – A Wine Experience will open on Thursday, September 11 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.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/GrapeFest.
Discover Grapevine’s hotels during GrapeFest! For information on hotels, packages and where to stay, visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/GrapeFest.
Attend pre- and post-festival fun events:
– Italian Car Fest: September 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Nash Farm,626 Ball St.;
-Texas Wine Tribute: September 6, Reception at 6:30, followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
28th Annual GrapeFest activity dates:
– GrapeFest Wine and Food Pairings and GrapeFest Golf Classic: Friday, September 5.
– GrapeFest Tennis Classic, presented by Adolphson & Peterson, Friday, September 12, Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14
– Grapevine Glockenspiel Clock Tower’s Would-Be Train Robbers Nat Barrett and Willy Majors appearing at Noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. daily
– The Grapevine Opry Show: Saturday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m.
– Grapevine Vintage Railroad stationary exhibits featuring “Puffy,” the 1896 steam locomotive and a preview of the 2014 North Pole Express®
– Grapevine Winery Tours: Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14
– Shop at the stores in Historic Downtown Grapevine throughout the festival
– Unlimited Carnival Ride Pass: September 11, 5 p.m. – close. $25 in advance; $30 at the festival
Why celebrate Texas wine?
Texas is the fifth-largest wine producing state in the United States. Named for the wild Mustang grapes that blanketed the land when settlers first arrived to the area in 1844, Grapevine is the headquarters of the Texas Wine Industry.Texas is the site of the first vineyard established in North America circa 1662. As European settlers followed the development of mission outposts, they brought more grapevine cuttings, further developing the industry through the 1800s.
Today,Texas is home to nearly 300 wineries and has approximately 4,400 acres of producing vineyard farmland, producing nearly 3 million gallons each year.
Submitted by Leigh Lyons, Grapevine Texas USA.
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