The Garagiste Festival is the first and only organization that gathers these under-the-radar artisan ‘garagiste’ winemakers who are making some of the best, most exciting, handcrafted small-lot wines in the world. You’ll never find these wines in supermarkets – and you’ll never find them all in one place like this. Discover the biggest “small” thing happening in the world of wine.
To view a complete list of participating wineries, go to our website: https://www.garagistefestival.com/paso-wineries-2023
SATURDAY FESTIVAL EVENTS – November 11th
Paso Event Center/Fairgrounds, 2198 Riverside Avenue Paso Robles, CA 93446
VIP All-Day Access – $159 | 11:30am-8:30pm
Get access to all Saturday events, including morning tasting seminar (See Description Below), Wine Country Box Lunch, (1) hour Early Access to the Grand Tasting, (3) hours at the Grand Tasting, and complimentary entry to the After Party (from 5:30-8:30pm) with live music and unlimited beer.
Early Access – $99 | 1:00-5:00pm
Get an extra hour from 1-2pm with a limited crowd. Find your favorites amongst our lineup of over 50 winemakers who will be pouring over 200 different wines from 1-5pm. Includes unlimited tastes, complimentary cheese & charcuterie from Vivant Cheese and bottled water, along with a souvenir Stolzle crystal wine glass.
Grand Tasting – $79 | 2:00-5:00pm
Find your favorites amongst our lineup of over 50 winemakers who will be pouring over 200 different wines from 2-5pm. Includes unlimited tastes, complimentary cheese & charcuterie plate from Vivant Cheese and bottled water, along with a souvenir Stolzle crystal wine glass.
After Party – $25 | 5:30-8:30pm
Keep the good times going! Mingle with the winemakers, grab a cold brew and rock out with live music.
Saturday Tasting Seminar: 11:30am-12:30pm
Only Available with VIP Ticket or Weekend Pass (Advance purchase required)
Coming Full Circle: The Path from Enology Student to Living the Garagiste Dream
The Garagiste Festival was founded back in 2011 to bring attention to the many small, artisan wineries, who were making fantastic wines, but often working in obscurity, AND to support the education of future wine industry professionals thru charitable donations, now in the form of The Garagiste Scholarships at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
With over a decade of Festivals behind us, it is our great pleasure to showcase a panel consisting of Cal Poly SLO Wine & Viticulture graduates, who will not only share their wines, but their experiences – good and bad – from fledgling student to starting their own commercial winery.
Learn what inspired them to become winemakers: how the reality differs from the classroom, what motivates their winemaking choices regarding grape varieties and methodologies, as well as their hopes and dreams for their up-and-coming wine labels — all while enjoying a taste of the fruits of their study and labour.
The Full Circle panel will not only celebrate the beneficiaries of The Garagiste Festival’s charitable cause, but also allow attendees a window into what lies behind the wine study curtain on the road to becoming a Garagiste.
Panelists: Jordan Crabtree (El Vinero Wines), Philip Lamontagne and Janie Wilheim (Lumina / Dream Dweller)
FRIDAY NIGHT EVENT – November 10th – Note Different Location Below
Rare & Reserve Tasting – $95 | 6:30-9:00pm
Pavilion on the Lake — 9315 Pismo Avenue, Atascadero, CA 93422
Start the weekend off right by tasting the best of the best! Attendees will get to experience over 50 of the best wines our Garagistes have to offer – only available at this event! No Repeats! Library wines, sneak peeks, club only, vintage verticals and even a few barrel samples. These are top-of-the-line wines that rarely see the light of day and will surely impress your palate! Due to the rarity of these wines only 200 tickets are available. The evening also includes a dinner buffet catered by Junction Food & Friends.
WEEKEND PASO INFO — November 10 & 11th – Includes all Festival Events
Weekend Passes – $219 per person
Get full access to ALL of the wine and fun the Festival has to offer, as well as the best pricing deal! This all-inclusive tickets includes Friday Night’s Rare & Reserve Party and Saturday VIP All Day Access – including the Saturday Tasting Seminar, Gourmet Box Lunch, Early Access to the Grand Tasting (1pm) and Rockin’ After Party! – ONLY 80 Weekend Passes Available. No additional discounts available.
All attendees MUST be over 21 years of age. NO infants/children are allowed in any Festival building. No Exceptions. Designated Driver ticket holders (must still be 21 and above). Pets are not allowed at any event (except for certified service animals).
Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. In the event of significant weather issues or government mandated closures due to a rise in COVID-19 infections, an alternative date for the event will be announced and all reservations moved to the alternative date. A refund can be provided upon request only if the event is cancelled. All events take place rain or shine.
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