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People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic

 We look forward to seeing you next year!
September 15, 16, 17 & 18, 2022

 

New location: Cotton Belt Railroad District (705 S. Main St.)

One of the signature GrapeFest events, The People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic is the largest, consumer-judged wine competition in the United States and will feature at least 30 Texas wineries pouring more than 130 wines. The competition consists of 11 sessions over the weekend, with wines being judged in 10 categories and awards being presented on Sunday at 5 p.m. at the People’s Choice Pavilion.

Everyone entering the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic must be 21 years of age and up. Children and/or strollers are not allowed in the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic. Ticket purchase is required for all persons to enter. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.

New: a VIP two-hour tasting on Thursday at 5 p.m. This event included light hors d’oeuvres and a souvenir wine glass.

2021 People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic Winning Wines

White: Dry

  • Gold: Bingham Family Vineyards
  • Silver: Blue Ostrich Winery
  • Bronze: Firelight Vineyards

White: Off Dry

  • Gold: Messina Hof Winery
  • Silver: Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards
  • Bronze: Bluff Dale Vineyards

White: Sweet

  • Gold: Landon Winery
  • Silver: Texas Legato
  • Bronze: Blue Ostrich Winery

White: Blends

  • Gold: Silver Dollar Winery
  • Silver: Llano Estacado Winery
  • Bronze: Rancho Loma Vineyards

Blush/Rosé

  • Gold: Messina Hof Winery
  • Silver: Silver Dollar Winery
  • Bronze: Checkered Past Winery

Red: Light

  • Gold: Messina Hof Winery
  • Silver: Blue Ostrich Winery
  • Bronze: Bull Lion Ranch & Vineyards

Red: Medium

  • Gold: Bull Lion Ranch & Vineyards
  • Silver: Landon Winery
  • Bronze: Cassaro Winery & Vineyards

Red: Bold

  • Gold: Bull Lion Ranch & Vineyards
  • Silver Blue Ostrich Winery
  • Bronze: Messina Hof Winery

Red: Sweet

  • Gold: Red Road Vineyard
  • Silver: Bingham Family Vineyards
  • Bronze: Firelight Vineyards

Red: Blends

  • Gold: Bull Lion Ranch & Vineyards
  • Silver: Landon Winery
  • Bronze: Bluff Dale Vineyards

Texas wineries participating in GrapeFest include:

4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery Llano Estacado Winery
Bingham Family Vineyards Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards
Blue Ostrich Winery & Vineyard Lost Oak Winery
Bluff Dale Vineyards Lucky Vines Vineyard & Winery
Bull Lion Ranch & Vineyard Messina Hof Winery
Cassaro Winery & Vineyard O'Farrell Country Vineyards
Checkered Past Winery Rancho Loma Vineyards
Descarado Winery Red Road Vineyard Winery
Deschain Cellars Silver Dollar Winery
Domaine des Hospitalieres LLC/H-Wines Tara Vineyard & Winery, LLC
Firelight Vineyards Texas Legato Winery
Four I's Winery Valle della Pace Vineyards & Winery
Haak Vineyards and Winery Watson Vineyard
Landon Winery White Fox Vineyards

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ABOUT PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINE TASTING CLASSIC

People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic is the largest consumer judged wine competition in the United States! Festival attendees purchase the special ticket to enter the People's Choice tent, and during a 90-minute session (hour and half) get to taste wine from at least 30 Texas wineries. There is no limit to the number of samples you can try during your session time!

Guests at the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic receive a wine reference guide detailing the available wines along with a ballot to select their favorites. Fans of Texas wines can discover some new favorites and Texas wine novices might just discover some of the best wines Texas has to offer.

The winners of the competition will be announced on Sunday, September 19 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and includes a souvenir wine glass (Ticket price does not include festival admission). Sessions take place throughout the four-day festival beginning on Thursday night. Sessions sell out quickly and advance purchase is recommended.

- Everyone entering the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic must be 21 years of age and up
- Children and/or strollers are not allowed in the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic
- Outside food and beverage is not allowed in the event area
- Ticket purchase is required for all persons to enter

People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic Winners 2019
People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic Winners 2018

People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic Winners 2017
People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic Winners 2016

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PEOPLE'S CHOICE LOCATION

People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic is located in the Cotton Belt Railroad District at 705 S. Main St.  Please note that you can only gain access to this tented area with a valid People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic ticket, and only for the time/session for which you have purchased. Those without tickets - including "designated drivers" or children - will not be allowed to enter.

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TEXAS WINERIES

Texas wineries participating in GrapeFest include: Descarado Winery, Landon Winery, Valle della Pace Vineyards & Winery, Llano Estacado Winery, Rancho Loma Vineyards, Tara Vineyard & Winery, LLC, Red Road Vineyard Winery, Cassaro Winery & Vineyard, Texas Legato Winery, 4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery, Silver Dollar Winery, Bingham Family Vineyards, Messina Hof Winery, Checkered Past Winery, O'Farrell Country Vineyards, Firelight Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, Lucky Vines Vineyard & Winery, Bluff Dale Vineyards, Deschain Cellars, Blue Ostrich Winery & Vineyard, Haak Vineyards and Winery, Watson Vineyard, Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards, White Fox Vineyards, Four I's Winery, Bull Lion Ranch & Vineyard and Domaine des Hospitalieres LLC/ H-Wines

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PEOPLE'S CHOICE CATEGORIES

People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic features ten (10) different categories in which the participating wineries may enter their wines. The attendees vote on their favorite, and on Sunday, September 19 at 5 p.m. the winners will be announced!

The categories are: White: Dry; White: Semi Sweet; White: Sweet; White: Blends; Blush/Rose; Red: Light; Red: Medium; Red: Bold; Red: Sweet and Red Blends.

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2019 PEOPLE'S CHOICE WINE REFERENCE GUIDE

For those wine enthusiasts that want to get a jump on their People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic experience, you can read through the entire People's Choice Wine Reference Guide that not only lists the wineries and their categories, but also a brief description of each wine.

2019 People's Choice Wine Reference Guide

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