Toast the new wines!
New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail
& Blessing of the Vines
Saturday, April 14, 2018
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$45 per person
Click on the buttons below to learn more!
|PURCHASE||THE WINES||THE BLESSING||ART|
Thanks to our supporting sponsor Audi Grapevine!
Toast the good life at Grapevine's 26th Annual New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail.
For one ticket price, enjoy wine tastings from nine of Grapevine's premier wineries in your own keepsake souvenir wine glass, and view some fine art in Grapevine's many art galleries located along Main Street. Included as part of the day's festivities is the Blessing of the Vines, a centuries-old tradition where a priest bestows a blessing on the vineyards for an upcoming fruitful season and harvest, and on the newly produced wines from the prior year's yield.
- Tickets $45 per person and includes:
- Souvenir wine glass
- Three 1-ounce tastings at each participating winery
- One "light-bite" food item at each winery
- Access to art galleries on Main Street
Advance purchase is recommended, however tickets may be purchased the day of the event. Click here to purchase your tickets today! The event takes place rain or shine and no refunds are issued. This event is for participants 21 and up only.
Still have more questions? Check out our FAQ section!
The following wineries are participating in the 2018 New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail, along with their featured wines and food offerings:
(Note: wine and food offerings and subject to change by the winery)
|Bingham Family Vineyards||Cross Timbers Winery|
|Delaney Vineyards||Grape Vine Springs Winery|
|Homestead Winery||Messina Hof Winery|
|Sloan & Williams Winery||Umbra Winery|
|Wine Fusion Winery|
Included in your ticket price are three 1-ounce wine tastings at each participating winery, however you may purchase additional tastings at your own cost.
Please note that the New Vintage Wine & Gallery Trail ends at 5 p.m. and participating wineries are not required to honor remaining or unused tastings after 5 p.m. Also note that Delaney Vineyards will close at 3 p.m. due to a special private event.
THE BLESSING OF THE VINES
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Grapevine Visitor Information Center
636 S. Main Street
Kick off the New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail with the annual Blessing of the Vines! Father Ken Robinson leads this centuries-old tradition that many winemakers still participate in today.
At the conclusion of the blessing, enjoy a small sample of wine and some cheese before embarking to your first stop on the trail.
The first 150 attendees to the Blessing of the Vines will also get to take home a one year-old Texas champanel grape vine courtesy of Womack Nursery to plant at home! (One per family please)
Also as part of the ceremonies, a new public art piece will be dedicated by the Wine Pouring Society. The sculpture - named "Seasons" - depicts the different seasons of a grape vine’s phases of growth throughout the year from the leafless winter dormant months, to the summer berry growth, to the fall harvest.
The Blessing of the Vines is included as part of the ticketed event, however guests or the general public are welcome to attend the ceremony for no additional cost. The ceremony will take place at the Grapevine Visitor Information Center located at 636 S. Main Street in Downtown Grapevine.
What exactly is the Blessing of the Vines?
It is a centuries-old tradition performed by Christian priests all over the world, however some scholars say that the ceremony may be older than originally thought. Some ancient Roman texts show that a celebration centered around wine happened in April every year to ask the Roman gods for good weather and a bountiful growing season.
Dating back to the Old Testament time, every year growers would bring a small sample of their harvest to the church or temple for a blessing by the priest to ask for productive fields and soils, good weather with lots of rain, and bountiful harvests. This could be any crop including apples, corn, honey, grapes, and beyond.
When Spanish missionaries came to Texas in the late 1600's, they continued on the tradition of blessing their vines for the wines they would use in their ceremonies and the tradition has been carried on by winemakers since.
While performed by a Christian priest, no religious affiliation is required to attend or watch the Blessing of the Vines ceremony.
Without overstating the obvious, one big component of the New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail is the art! As you stroll down Main Street in Grapevine be sure to visit the many art galleries and fine art working studios.
As part of the event, the Grapevine Art Project (GAP) is hosting a special juried exhibition with artist demonstrations. The art will be on display from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. inside the Tower Gallery located inside the Grapevine Visitor Information Center at 636 S. Main Street.
The following art galleries and working studios are participating in the 2018 New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail:
A Touch of Paris Art Gallery
202 W. Wall St.
Giddens Gallery of Fine Art
624 S. Main ST.
Grapevine CVB Grand Gallery
636 S. Main Street
701 S. Main St.
Great American West Gallery
332 S. Main St.
Holder Dane Art Gallery & Studios
701 S. Main St.
Vetro Glassblowing Studio
701 S. Main St.
(Note: wine is not served or sold in any of the art galleries)
Q: Can you mail the passport to me or can I pick it up before the event?
A: No, passports will not be mailed or distributed early. Passports will be available as early as 9:30 a.m. on the day at the event. Passports are available for pickup at the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau located at 636 S. Main Street
Q: Am I required to pickup the passport or can I just start the trail on my own?
A: Yes, the passport is what allows you to get tastings at each winery and is essentially your "ticket". You will also receive your souvenir wine glass when you pickup your passport as well.
Q: Can I buy the passport at any winery?
A: No. The only location that will be selling passports is at the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau located at 636 S. Main Street. Passports will be available for sell from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Q: Are there shuttles to transport you between wineries or any wineries not located on Main Street?
A: No, there are no shuttles. Transportation must be arranged on your own.
Q: Am I required to go to the wineries in any certain order?
A: No, you are free to go through the Wine and Gallery trail in any order you desire!
Q: I didn't use all my tastings at one winery - can I use it at another winery or at another date?
A: No, the stamps on each page of your passport are non-transferable between wineries, and are only valid on April 14, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Q: I didn't use all my tastings - can I get a refund?
A: No refunds are issued for any unused tastings.
Q: Can I purchase more wine at any of the wineries?
A: Yes, however this will be at your own cost. Only the three 1-ounce tastings are included in your ticket price at each participating winery.
Q: It's raining - does the event still happen? Do I get a refund for inclement weather?
A: Yes, the event takes place rain or shine. We suggest to bring an umbrella or arrange transportation to drop you at the front door of each location if it is raining. Refunds are not issued for any reason.
Q: I heard there are designated drivers - how do I get one?
A: Unfortunately the Grapevine CVB does not provide designated drivers. However, there is a "Designated Driver" program which a person in your group can register for at the same time you pick up your passports at the Grapevine CVB located at 636 S. Main Street. Designated drivers in your group will receive an identifying wrist band which will get them free water and food at each winery, as well as enter them into a drawing for a prize basket. (Drawing to be held on Monday April 16) Drivers must be 18 or older and will be required to present a valid driver's license to register for the program and prize basket.
Q: Help! I still have more questions! Who do I call?
A: Contact us at 817-410-3185 during normal business hours and we're happy to help!