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Grapevine’s Annual GrapeFest Celebrates the Best of Texas Wine Every September
Come enjoy award-winning wine and culinary treats perfectly paired with the fun and excitement of Historic Downtown Grapevine at the largest wine festival in the Southwest. Voted one of the Top 100 Events in the USA and Canada for 2009 by the American Bus Association, this year’s GrapeFest will entice wine and culinary enthusiasts from around the world to gather for an event-filled weekend rich in character and tradition.
Wine lovers and their families are invited to experience a number of activities, including: Grapevine Winery Tasting Room Tours, Culinary Pavilion, GrapeFest Tennis Classic, KidZone, GrapeStomp, The People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic – the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation, six stages of 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. The annual festival showcases this historic town and its love for Texas wine while putting the State of Texas on the map for all wine connoisseurs. Offering four full days of fun and a number of unique events leading up to the festival, GrapeFest truly is a one-of-a-kind event with something for everyone.
Come kick off the festival one week before at the GrapeFest Vintners’ Auction Classic. This premiere event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12 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 lavish auction will feature rare and collectible wines, domestic and international travel packages, antiques and incredible works of art. The Vintner’s Auction is an elaborate event open to all and the perfect way to get ready for a weekend of wine at GrapeFest 2009.
What else goes nicely with fine wine? Try a beautiful day outside playing the great game of golf! The GrapeFest Golf Classic will take place on Friday, Sept. 11 at the Grapevine Golf Course. Registration fee includes golf cart, continental breakfast and lunch and a guarantee of a great time. So, grab your clubs and hit the golf course to swing in this year’s GrapeFest.
If golf isn’t your passion, come out to Hilton DFW Lakes as the City of Grapevine hosts the 18th Annual Tennis Classic on Sept. 18-20. Everyone is invited to come watch over 400 players compete at this USTA sanctioned event with proceeds going to the Grapevine Heritage Foundation.
During GrapeFest, the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic is always a festival favorite featuring some of Texas’ finest wines in the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation. Texas is the fifth largest wine-producing state and guests will have the chance to sample over 130 Texas wines submitted from over 30 wineries. Sampling participants will receive a Wine Reference Guide, tasting notes on each wine being served, an official voting ballot and a commemorative wine glass. Hurry and get your tickets fast because wine lovers are always thirsty for this incredible event.
Other exciting GrapeFest features include:
Grapevine Winery Tasting Room Tours
GrapeFest will open on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m., and as an added bonus, admission is free to everyone all day Thursday and Friday until 5 p.m. 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.
Uncork the fun for the largest wine festival in the Southwest and come to Historic Downtown Grapevine for GrapeFest 2009. For more information, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-457-6338 or 817-410-3185 or visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com - GrapeFest
Based on information provided by Grapevine Tourism