California Wine Festival – Monterey Peninsula


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The two-day wine festival showcases 53 Californian wineries with more than 250 wines, including a limited selection of reserve bottlings

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Choose from Three Options

  • $39 for general admission to the Harvest Wine Festival (up to an $80 value at the gate)
  • $49 for early admission to the Harvest Wine Festival (up to a $115 value at the gate)
  • $99 for a VIP Gold pass, good for admission to the Sunset Rare & Reserve Wine Tasting and the Harvest Wine Festival (up to a $225 value at the gate)

The Harvest Wine Festival runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, at the Custom House Plaza. Overlooking Monterey Bay, attendees can sample the selection of more than 250 Californian wines while nibbling on gourmet finger foods from local restaurants. Early admission grants visitors a 90-minute head start and lets them enter the grounds at 11:30 a.m. to taste samples and speak with winemakers while the crowds are still relatively small. Admission to the Harvest Wine Festival includes an 18-ounce souvenir wineglass.

The Sunset Rare & Reserve Wine Tasting runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, October 5, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel. The event begins with a champagne reception in the hotel's ballroom before allowing visitors to taste limited-production, reserve-level wines from the participating wineries. Additionally, attendees can sample artisan cheeses and appetizers while enjoying live jazz-band performances. The VIP Gold pass also grants early access to the Harvest Wine Festival and admission to a shaded VIP pavilion with snacks, seating, and more reserve-level wines.

California Wine Festival

Each California Wine Festival celebrates the Golden State's vintners by allowing attendees to sample a selection of more than 250 Californian wines. The events include winemakers and representatives from 70+ wineries—including Bernardus Winery, Rutherford Wine Co., and Heitz Wine Cellars—as well as booths with artisan cheeses and breads, fresh fruits, olive oil and tastes from local, gourmet restaurateurs. The festival encourages guests to revisit their favorite wineries or discover obscure gems at a new booth or through a trap door connected to a hidden cellar. It also aims to support the community by donating to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

Customer Reviews

A lot of fun ~ Very hot though that day - would highly recommend!
Amanda O. · a day ago
Wines were great! Sooooooo many to choose from. Food lines were 30 minutes sometimes! So eat before you go.
Brian H. · August 14, 2017
Staff n venders were patient and fabulous!!!
Ko L. · July 20, 2017

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