The 9th Annual Garagiste Wine Festival

The Fairgrounds and other local venues.

GARAGISTES – (garage-east) n, Fr. – A term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers, sometimes working in their garage, who refused to follow the “rules.” Now a full-fledged movement responsible for making some of the best wine in the world. Who’s laughing now, Francois? Syn: Rule-breakers, pioneers, renegades, mavericks, driven by passion.

Welcome to Garagiste, a place for the underground, the different, and the cutting edge of small production winemaking with no rules.

A Paso wine tasting tradition. Big, bold and badass. If you’ve never been to Paso, you need to come join in the fun.

Tickets: / 805-769-8211 

The Garagiste Festival is the first and only wine festival dedicated to the undiscovered and under-recognized artisan ‘garagiste’ producers who are making some of the best, most exciting, handcrafted small lot production wines in the world. The Garagiste Festival was named one of the Top Nine Epicurean Vacations by ABC News. Founded by fellow garagistes Stewart McLennan and Douglas Minnick, the Garagiste Festival is committed to fostering the spirit of free exchange of ideas and encouragement that has made California one of the friendliest, most successful and innovative wine-making regions in the world. The festival is produced by Garagiste Events, a 501C3 non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the education of future winemakers and those training for employment within the wine industry.


Since inception, the non-profit Garagiste Events (producer of the Garagiste Festivals) has been a proud supporter of the Cal Poly Wine & Viticulture Program, which provides future winemakers with an education in all aspects of the wine business from the vineyard to the table. Proceeds from our festivals are donated to the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program and go toward yearly scholarships for deserving Cal Poly students, striving to become future garagistes. To make a grape growing analogy, we see this program’s students as the rootstock upon which our wine region’s bright future will be grafted.

Date and Time: 
Friday, November 8, 2019 - 1:00pm
Paso Robles Event Center
2198 Riverside Avenue
Paso Robles


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