A Trio of Staycation-Worthy Wine Festivals for 2014
Wine lovers rejoice! As we head towards harvest season, there are a number of not-to-be-missed grape-centric gatherings planned in and around the Metro Atlanta area. If you’re looking for a grape-stomping good time, we invite you to raise a glass to this trio of staycation-worthy wine festivals for 2014.
18th Annual Vineyard Fest at Chateau Élan
Sunday, August 24 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Chateau Elan Winery & Resort
100 Rue Charlemagne Drive
Braselton, GA 30517
In addition to more than 75 domestic, international and regional wines, as well as locally crafted beers, this fermentation-focused annual event will include live music, dancing, grape stomping, cooking demos, educational wine seminars and cuisines prepared with locally grown produce from the harvest food tent. All inclusive tickets are $85 per person and you must be 21 or older to attend. Atlanta staycationers will appreciate the fact that Chateau Élan is offering a Vineyard Fest Package that includes two tickets to Vineyard Fest, as well as deluxe accommodations for two at the Inn on Sunday evening starting at $279. Bear in mind that only 2000 tickets are made available to this popular and exclusive event, and no tickets will be sold at the door. So – if you plan to attend – order your tickets quickly. Vineyard Fest is often a sold-out event!
Crush Fest 2014 at Yonah Mountain Vineyards
Saturday, August 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Yonah Mountain Vineyards
1717 Georgia 255
Cleveland, GA 30528
For a unique twist of the cork on your Labor Day Weekend plans, head to the North Georgia mountains for Yonah Mountain Vineyards 5th Annual Crush Fest. Attracting more than 3,500 festival-goers from all around the southeast, this family-friendly event includes accordion-accompanied grape stomping, hourly appearances by the Atlanta Falcons Drumline and Atlanta Pipe Band, live music throughout the day on two performance stages, gourmet food vendors and food trucks, a “Kid Zone” with bounce house, and horse-drawn wagon tours of the 200-acre farm. Of course, at the heart of the event, over 50 local and regional artisans will feature wine and food related products in the festival marketplace. Admission to Crush Fest is $30 and includes 4-three ounce tastings of wine and a take home “Crush Fest” glass. Admission for non-drinkers is just $10, and guests 16 and under are admitted free. To create a memorable Labor Day staycation around Crush Fest, you can find accommodations in nearby Helen, GA, Highlands, NC, and Sautee, GA.
Suwanee Wine Fest 2014
Saturday, October 4 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Suwanee Town Center
Buford Hwy at Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road
Suwanee, GA 30024
Another wine-centric event presented by the fabulous Chateau Élan winery, the Suwanee Wine Fest will be hosted at Suwanee Town Center and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Annandale Village – a very special nonprofit organization dedicated to providing progressive life assistance to adults with developmental disabilities. Tickets to this year’s event are already available for purchase online, and – since this event is organized by the same people who bring the American Craft Beer Fest to Suwanee each year – are expected to sell out quickly. Attendees of the 2nd Annual Suwanee Wine Fest will be treated to live entertainment on the main stage, food from some of Atlanta’s best restaurants and food trucks, and an opportunity to sample from some 100 premium wines from around the world, including several Georgia wineries. For those who prefer beer over wine, the festival’s craft beer garden will feature local breweries, including Jekyll, Sweetwater, Terrapin, Jailhouse, Yes Face, Eventide, Red Hare, O’Dempseys, Red Brick and more! For $55, General Admission ticket-holders will receive complete access to the festival including unlimited wine & craft beer samples and complimentary food tastings. For $110, VIP ticket-holders receive everything that is included with a General Admission ticket PLUS one hour early entry to beat the lines, a private tasting & dining tent with higher end wines to sample, a fully-catered meal and an exclusive Suwanee Wine Fest t-shirt + goody bag. Designated drivers will be admitted to the festival for $10.