Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Livermore Valley's 29th Annual Harvest Wine Celebration on Labor Day Weekend


Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration
Livermore Valley Wine Country’s Labor Day Weekend tradition—the Harvest Wine Celebration—returns to its roots this year as people gather to celebrate the wine grapes harvest September 5-6 between noon and 5 p.m.
Area wineries will offer the region’s best wine, food, art and music to ticket holders. Bus transportation between wineries will be available on Sunday only, and wineries will offer special activities to festival guests on Monday.

The winery experience is the centerpiece of the 2010 Harvest Wine Celebration. Thirty participating wineries will be pouring at their tasting room locations across Livermore Valley, surrounded by lush vines, local artists, musicians and food vendors. Eleven more wineries will be pouring and hosting festivities at either Concannon Vineyard or Wente Vineyards on Tesla Road. Food at all winery locations will be locally prepared and moderately priced (under $8). Admission includes a commemorative Livermore Valley wine glass, tastings of at least two wine varietals from each participating winery, official event program and exclusive discounts on wine purchases.


On Sunday, September 5, celebration guests are invited to ride complimentary “green” shuttle buses between winery locations. The biodiesel-fueled buses will travel on three different routes, each serving eight to ten wineries. Free parking will be available at Robertson Park, where guests can board buses and transfer between routes during the day. Bus stops may be as far as 300 feet from winery locations, so guests riding buses must be prepared to walk up driveways.

Monday, September 6 will feature a more intimate affair, as each winery offers a unique experience to Harvest Wine Celebration guests. Check out tomorrow’s article regarding the Monday details.

Tickets are available online at www.LVwine.org and at all participating Livermore Valley wineries, the Wine Steward in Pleasanton, First Street Wine Company in Livermore and Bay Area Safeway stores. Ticket “will call” arrangements vary by purchase method. Please visit www.LVwine.org for details.

The flexible ticket structure and pricing for 2010 includes:
  • Two-day (Sunday/Monday) ticket: $55 in advance, $65 at the event
  • Sunday-only ticket: $45 in advance, $50 at the event
  • Monday-only ticket: $40 in advance, $45 at the event
  • Non-drinking ticket: $10 (valid both days)
The Harvest Wine Celebration is a fundraiser for the LVWA. During the event, participating wineries are open only to ticket holders with event wristbands. No outside food is allowed and the event is not intended for children. For more information, please visit www.LVwine.org or call 925-447-WINE. 
For more info: Visit www.LVWine.org or call 925-447-WINE.

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