Thursday, August 19, 2010

Grapevine's 24th annual GrapeFest is coming up in September

Get your stomping feet ready for the largest wine festival in the Southwest. Come to Grapevine, Texas September 16 – 19, 2010 to celebrate the best of Texas wine at Grapevine's 24th annual Grapefest. Enjoy award-winning wine and culinary events while visiting historic downtown Grapevine, located north of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Activities for wine lovers and their families include: Grapevine Winery Tasting Room Tours, Culinary Pavilion, GrapeFest Tennis Classic, KidZone, GrapeStomp, People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic – the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation, six stages of live entertainment, and much more.

Named for the wild Mustang grapes that blanketed the land when settlers first arrived to the area
in 1844, the City of Grapevine is an internationally recognized leader and trendsetter in the wine
industry. Offering four full days of family festival fun and a number of unique events leading up to the festival, GrapeFest has something for everyone.

Kick off the festival one week before at the GrapeFest Vintners’ Auction Classic. This premier event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Grapevine Convention Center. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in both silent and live auctions which benefit the Grapevine Heritage Foundation and the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association. The auction will feature rare and collectible wines, domestic travel packages, antiques and incredible works of art. The Vintners’ Auction is open to the public and is the perfect way to prepare for a weekend of wine at GrapeFest 2010.

Another event leading up to the festival itself is the GrapeFest Golf Classic, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 10 at the Grapevine Golf Course. If golf isn’t your cup of “tee,” come out to Hilton DFW Lakes as the City of Grapevine hosts the 19th Annual Tennis Classic on Sept. 10-12. Proceeds go to the Grapevine Heritage Foundation.

Local wineries to visit, either during GrapeFest or another time include Cross Timbers Winery, D’Vine Wine, Homestead Winery and tasting room, La Buena Vida Vineyards, Su Vino Winery, and Delaney Vineyards and Winery. Attractions near Grapevine: Nash Farm, Archie St. Clair Gallery, Grapevine Heritage Center, and the Grapevine Vintage Railroad.

More information about GrapeFest is coming in my next post, or go to
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier

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