Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Livermore Valley Wineries celebrate 30th annual Harvest Wine Celebration

The 2011 Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration marks the 30th year that people have gathered to celebrate the harvest of grapes in one of the oldest wine regions in California. Known for its signature bus service and festive atmosphere, the event is a Labor Day Weekend tradition in the East Bay. On Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5 between noon and 5 p.m., area wineries will offer Livermore Valley’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.

Produced by the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association (LVWA), the Harvest Wine Celebration highlights the local winery experience. Thirty-two 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 4, celebration guests are invited to ride complimentary shuttle buses between winery locations. The buses will travel on three different routes, each serving six to eleven wineries. Free parking will be available at Robertson Park in Livermore, 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 5 will feature a more intimate affair, as many wineries offer unique experiences to Harvest Wine Celebration guests. Examples of Monday-only special events include:
  • Big White House & John Evan Cellars: Aroma Bar and Sensory Education—discover the aromas of different wine varietals.
  • Cedar Mountain Winery: Judy’s Bees live beehive—view the queen bee and her workers. Local honey from Cedar Mountain Winery hives.
  • Chouinard Vineyards: Home winemaking and beer making equipment and demonstrations by Brewmaster of San Leandro.
  • Mitchell Katz Winery: Barrel tasting for a nominal fee
  • Concannon Vineyard: Historian Gary Drummond will share wine country history, secrets and regional facts.
Nova Starling, local artist and creator of the colorful painting featured on 2011 Harvest Wine Celebration posters, will display more of her artwork and greet festival guests at Concannon Vineyard on both days.

Tickets are available online at www.LVwine.org and www.EventBrite.com 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 2011 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
  • Designated Driver 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.

Wineries hosting Harvest Wine Celebration festivities at their tasting room locations:
Wineries pouring at Concannon Vineyard:

Wineries pouring at Wente Vineyards on Tesla Road:

For more information:  Harvest Wine Celebration

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