GARAGISTES – (gar-uh-zhē-stuh) n, Fr. – A term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers, sometimes working in their garage, who refused to follow the “rules.” Now a full-fledged movement responsible for making some of the best wine in the world. Who’s laughing now, Francois?Syn: Rule-breakers, pioneers, renegades, mavericks, driven by passion.

Welcome to Garagiste, a place for the underground, the different, and the cutting edge of small production winemaking with no rules.




The 2014 Paso Schedule and Full List of Participating Wineries are now available.

Check out what we have in store for you…

Our very first video describing who and what a “garagiste” is. For those of you thinking of starting on your own winemaking journey we hope you’ll join us on for our Sunday Symposium on November 9th. Garagiste winemakers Adam Lazarre and Matt Brain (also a professor at Cal Poly) will be leading the discussion and getting into the nitty gritty of wine science. Now’s your chance to come get geeky with us! For more details check out our EVENT SCHEDULE.

Over 70 Artisan Winemakers to Pour at 2014 Garagiste Wine Festival: Paso Robles

‘Garagiste’ winemakers from across California pour over four days of events – November 6th to 9th; 50+ from Paso area; The Opening Round returns, features winemakers from Northern CA and Santa Barbara County; The Wine Enthusiast’s Matt Kettmann leads ‘Taste Like a Pro’ Seminar; Tickets on sale now!

Paso Robles, CA – August 26, 2014 – The Garagiste Festival today unveiled the winemaker line up for the fourth annual Garagiste Festival: Paso Robles to be held November 6th to 9th. Over 70 garagiste* winemakers are scheduled to pour over 150 wines during the non-profit festival, which is the first and only festival dedicated to undiscovered and under-recognized American garagiste winemakers who are making some of the best, most exciting, handcrafted small-lot wines in the world.  Tickets are now on sale at http://californiagaragistes.com/buy-tickets/.

Fifty+ artisan winemakers from the Paso Robles area are slated to pour during the festival’s Grand Tasting at the Ponderosa Pavilion at the Paso Robles Fairgrounds on November 8th; and 20 winemakers from Northern California and Santa Barbara County (90% of whom do not have tasting rooms) will be featured for the first time at The Opening Roundat the historic Carlton Hotel in Atascadero on November 7th. This event includes cheese and charcuterie from Vivant Fine Cheese and hearty appetizers from popular local chef Johnny Jantz.  Kicking off the festival on Thursday November 6th is the Shiners, Samples, and Secrets Winemaker Mixer at Templeton’s First Crush, offering barrel samples, off-the-grid tastings and nibbles from Vivant Cheese.

“We have an extraordinary and expanded line-up of winemakers this year. Many of our favorite Paso area garagistes are returning, along with new and exciting discoveries from southern, central and northern California, most pouring in Paso for the very first time,” said Garagiste Festival Co-founder Doug Minnick.  “We are also very excited about our tasting seminars this year:  Taste Like a Pro led by Matt Kettmannof The Wine Enthusiast, who has been helping raise awareness about our garagiste winemakers since our very first festival; and Making A Dream Come True: My Second Career as a Vineyard Owner and Winemaker, featuring some of our most successful garagistes (and their signature wines) - Bob Tillman of Alta Colina, Carl Bowker of Caliza, and Victor Abascal of Vines on the Marycrest.”

In addition, the festival’s Rockin’ After Party winds down (up!) the main event on November 8th, with the return by popular demand of local band High Voltage, as well as beer from Barrelhouse Brewery and down-home eats from Jeffrys Catering.  Rounding out the Festival is Sunday’s popular Winemaker Symposium, sponsored for the second year by Laffort, and designed for those wine lovers ready to, or contemplating, making the leap to winemaker.

Winemakers scheduled to pour at the festival include:

The Grand Tasting: Ponderosa Pavilion at the Paso Robles Fairgrounds

November 8th  2pm – 5pm

Aaron Wines, Alma Sol Winery, Alta Colina Vineyards, Artisan Uprising*, Ascension Cellars, Asuncion Ridge, Barton Family, Bella Luna Winery, Bon Niche Cellars, Caliza Winery, Cayucos Cellars, Chateau Lettau*, Cholame Vineyard, Cloak & Dagger, Clos Solene, Copia Vineyards*, Cutruzzola Vineyards, DENO Wine*, Deodoro Cellars*, DuBost Winery, Edmond August Wines, Falcone Family Vineyards*, Felten Cellars, Filipponi Ranch, Ghost Cellars, Guyomar Vineyards, Hoyt Family Vineyards, Jacob Toft, Kaleidos Winery, LaZarre Wines, LXV Wines, MCV Wines, The Missing Leg, Mystic Hills Vineyard*, Nicora, Nobelle Wines*, ONX Wines, Paix Sur Terre, Paso Port, Powell Mountain Cellars*, Pulchella Winery, Ranchero Cellars, Ranchita Canyon Vineyards*, Rendarrio Wines, Seven Angels Cellars, Soaring Hawk Vineyards, Stacked Stone Cellars*, STANGER Vineyards, Starr Ranch Vineyard*, Stolo Family Vineyard*, Tlo Wines*, Vinemark Cellars, Vines on the Marycrest and Vino Vargas*.

The Opening Round: The Carlton Hotel, Atascadero, November 7th - 6:30-9:30pm

Carucci Wines*, Central Coast Group Project*, Cowan Cellars*, Dane Cellars*, DV8 Cellars*, Estate 1856*, Flywheel Wines*, Harrington Wine*, J. Brix Wines*, Kale Wines*, Levo Wine*, Mount Dorado Winery*, No Limit Wines*, Old World Winery*, Respite Wines*, Starfield Vineyards*, Trojak-Knier Winery*, Two Shepherds Vineyards, and Workman Ayer*.

Garagiste Festivals offer limited numbers of tickets to preserve the quality of the experience, and always sell out. To be alerted when tickets go on sale, to learn more about The Garagiste Festival, and to get the latest event info, sign-up for The Dirt at http://garagistefestival.com/sign-up/. Or follow us on Twitter (@GaragisteFest) or Facebook. For more information on The Garagiste Festivals, go to http://garagistefestival.com

The Sponsors

Barrelhouse Brewing, Distinctive Glassware, Farm Credit West, First Crush, Glenn Burdette, Krush 92.5, KSBY, Laffort, La Quinta Inn and Suites, mWEBB Communications, Pack & Ship Direct, Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, Soiree Home, Stolzle, The Carlton Hotel and Travel Paso Robles Alliance.

For sponsorship opportunities, email info@garagistefestival.com or go to www.garagistefestival.com.

*First time Paso Robles Festival Participants

Garagiste Events, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is proud to use the proceeds of the Festivals to support young winemakers at the Wine and Viticulture Program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The mechanism by which that happpens, The Garagiste Festivals, have allowed us to not only raise funds for our cause but also create an entirely new niche within the wine industry that supports small production artisan winemakers.