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People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic

Save the date for the 33rd Annual GrapeFest® - A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West set for September 12, 13, 14 & 15 of 2019!

People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic Winners 2018

One of the signature GrapeFest events, the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, sponsored by Audi Grapevine, is the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation. Guests had the opportunity to sample 151 Texas wines from 39 Texas wineries. Some of the Texas wineries in attendance included 4R Ranch Vineyard & Winery, Blue Ostrich Winery & Vineyard, Bull Lion Ranch & Vineyard, Silver Dollar Winery, Tall in Texas Award recipients, Haak Vineyards & Winery. After sampling the wines, guests then voted on their favorites in ten categories.


Discover delicious Texas varietals at the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the United States. Sample a variety of wines from wineries across the state, in ten categories and help pick the best for 2018!  


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What is People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic?

Where is People's Choice located on the festival grounds?

When does People's Choice happen?

Which Texas wineries are participating?

What are the wine categories?

Can I read the People's Choice Guide in advance?




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 more than 35 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 15 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 2018
People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic Winners 2017
People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic Winners 2016



People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic is located in a covered tent behind the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau building. The address of the building is 636 S. Main Street, and is near the South Entry of the festival grounds. Or for a visual description, just look for the building with the tall tower that has a green roof and a unicorn atop the building.  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.

People's Choice Map




The People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic on average features more than 30 Texas wineries. At the 2018 Classic, 39 wineries from across the state will be represented! Click on each winery name to be redirected to their website.

4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery Becker Vineyards Bella Stella Winery
Bingham Family Vineyards Blue Ostrich Winery & Vineyard Bluff Dale Vineyards
Brennan Vineyards Bull Lion Ranch & Vineyard Burklee Hill Vineyards
Chisholm Trail Winery Delaney Vineyards Enoch's Stomp Vineyard & Winery
Haak Vineyards & Winery Homestead Winery Kissing Tree Vineyards
Landon Winery Lenoir-Sage Vineyards Llano Estacado Winery
Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards Lost Oak Winery Messina Hof Winery
Old Man Scary Cellars Pillar Bluff Vineyards Pilot Knob Vineyard
Rancho Loma Vineyards Red House Winery Red Road Vineyard & Winery
Seifert Cellars & Wild West Vines Silver Dollar Winery Sunset Winery
Tara Vineyard & Winery Texas Hills Vineyard Texas Legato
Umbra Winery Valley Mills Vineyards Watson Vineyard
Wedding Oak Winery White Fox Vineyards Woodrose Winery

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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 16 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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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.

Click here to download the PDF of the 2018 People's Choice Wine Reference Guide

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