With the motto “Get Ready to Uncork Some Fun in the Sun,” who wouldn’t want to visit the 27th Annual Sandestine Wine Festival? Taking place at Baytowne Wharf from April 19 to 21, 2013, this Southeast wine festival brings 800 wines to the tip of your tongue. With four days full of tastings, dining, cooking demonstrations, seminars and more, this is an event that wine aficionados do not want to miss. Be sure to purchase advance tickets as these events could certainly sell out before opening day.
When you’re really interested in wine and participating in this festival, check out the VIP package. This very important person package includes a VIP celebrity reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a tasting menu lunch from the Marlin Grill Restaurant, express entry into the Grand Wine Tasting and a specialty Reidel wine glass. Some of the famous faces you might see gracing the presence of this highly desired event include Tom Burgess from Burgess Cellars, Clay Brock from Wild Horse Winery, Joy Sterling from Iron Horse Vineyards and Cameron Fisher from Fisher Vineyards. In 2012, the price for the VIP package was $150 per person.
The main wine event of the weekend is the Grand Wine Tasting, which takes place on April 28 and 29th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Before the event, tickets will be on sale at $85 each. If there are any left on the day of the event, they’ll be $95 a piece. For this excellent price, you’ll be able to walk through The Village of Baytowne Wharf where more than 80 vineyards from all across the world will be pouring over 700 wines into your glass. This event is open to individuals 21 years of age and older only. Remember, make sure that someone is the designated driver. Those who are drinking will receive bracelets, and those who are not will bypass the fee.
Why just stay for the day though? Join this Southeast wine festival for the duration of the event, and stay at one of the local hotels. Prices for the wine event and overnight accommodations start at $234 when you stay at Luau and $244 when you retreat to Village and Grand for a three night minimum stay. These hotels are parts of the Sandestin Gold and Beach Resort, which is a sprawling 2,400 acre resort with 19 pools, 15 tennis courts and more.