The Garagiste Wine Festival returns to its birthplace of Paso Robles to celebrate its 10th anniversary, and we are ready to welcome it back with open arms and empty glasses! The Garagiste Festival is the first and only organization that gathers undiscovered 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. Come taste over 200 ultra-premium wines from over 50 hard-to-find micro-wineries from the Paso Robles region and all around California.
So, what is a Garagiste Winemaker anyway?
Garagiste (garage-east) is a term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers, sometimes working in their "garages" (anything considered not a chateau), who refused to follow the “rules,” and is now a full-fledged movement responsible for making some of the best wine in the world. The Garagiste Festivals were the first to shine a light on the American garagiste winemaker in 2011.
Jason Haas of Tablas Creek
Alma Sol Winery, Arianna Wines, Ascension Cellars, Bolt To Wines, Bushong Wine Company, Caliza Winery, Copia Vineyards, Demeter Family Cellars, DeWitt Vineyard, Dilecta Wines, Dusty Nabor Wines, Etnyre Wines, Familia Hicks Wines, Ferguson Family Wines, Gary Kramer Guitar Cellars, Greyscale Wines, Hayseed & Housdon Wines, Hoyt Family Winery, Kaleidos Wines, Kimsey Vineyard, Marin’s Vineyard, Mastro Scheidt Wines, MCV Wines, Ondule Wines, Powell Mountain Cellars, Quench + Temper, RF Wines, Seagrape Winery, Seven Oxen Wines, Torch Cellars, Two Moons Cellars and Volatus Winery.
Who are the OGs?
The OGs or Original Garagistes are those who first participated when the festival launched 10 years ago in November 2011. This year, on the 10th anniversary, the festival pays tribute to the OGs, who are proof that renegade winemaking dreams can turn into major success stories.
- Alta Colina
- Bodega de Edgar
- Cloak and Dagger
- Paix Sur Terre
- Vines on the Marycrest
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Come find out why the Garagiste Festival was named ‘Best Wine Festival in the US in 2018 by USA Today’s 10 Best Readers Choice Awards, ‘Top Nine Incredible Epicurean Vacations’ in the world by ABC News, “one of the premier wine events of the year,” by the LA Times and “Best Festival” by Sunset Magazine’s ‘Best of the West.’
Get Your Tickets Now
To preserve an intimate experience and one-on-one interaction with winemakers, tickets are very limited for the Garagiste Festivals and always sell out. Tickets are available at garagistefestival.com. For special discounts and updates on The Garagiste Festival in Paso Robles, Taste of Garagiste mini-tastings and other Garagiste Festival events and news, sign up for The Dirt, or follow The Garagiste Festival on Instagram or Facebook.
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