If you read my post about visiting Grapevine, you already know how much I have fallen in love with this town! With fantastic food, great wines, and wonderful people, it's a destination that you just have to visit. And now you've got another reason; Grapevine’s 30th Annual GrapeFest, A Texas Wine Experience, is quickly approaching. On September 15, 16, 17 and 18, you'll have a chance to really see Grapevine in action!
This year's event is set in beautiful Historic Downtown Grapevine and will feature a special emphasis on wines from Texas, California’s Central Coast and Australia’s Barossa Valley. Many of these wines are not normally available in Texas, so this is a great opportunity to try them.
I was surprised to learn that GrapeFest is the largest wine festival in the Southwest, offering four days of family-friendly 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, where you can taste more than 140 Texas varietals from 38 Texas wineries. Tickets are $23 in advance or $25 at the festival. Guests must be 21 and over to enter.
- the Texas Wine Tribute on Saturday, September 10, a spectacular black-tie gala celebrating specially selected Texas wines paired with a four-course dinner. Tickets are $125 per person, on sale now, and advance purchase is required.
- GrapeStomp, where teams of two take turns to stomp 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! Entry fee is $5 per person. Special GrapeStomp events include the Senior GrapeStomp at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 16 and the Mayoral GrapeStomp on Saturday, September 17 at 11 a.m. A free special stomping area is also available for kids 12 and under.
- Grapevine Winery Tours, September 17 and 18 and
- the Champagne Terrace
- KidsWorld, featuring LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium and interactive games, Kids Celebration Show and petting zoo
- the GrapeFest Golf Classic on Friday, September 9
- the GrapeFest Tennis Classic
- ItalianCarFest, September 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Nash Farm, 626 Ball Street
- Ice carving, September 16 and 17
- Grapevine Glockenspiel Clock Tower’s Would-Be Train Robbers Nat Barrett and Willy Majors appearing several times daily
- Artisan Vendors
- Carnival Rides and Midway Games (check out the unlimited pass!)
- Food & Brew
- live entertainment and much more! (But seriously, what more could you need?!)
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.
Discover Grapevine’s hotels during GrapeFest! Visit the GrapeFest site for information on hotels, packages and where to stay!
The 30th Annual GrapeFest, A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West, will open on Thursday, September15 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, visit the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau or give them a call at 800-457-6338 or 817-410-3185.