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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 dozens of wineries—including Alma Rosa Winery, Rutherford Wine Co., and Ahnfeldt—as well as booths with artisan cheeses, fresh fruits, and barbecued meats 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 100% of the Silent Auction proceeds to organizations such as The Surfrider Foundation.