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.

Southern Exposure Rocked!

We just want to thank everyone who came out, all of our Sponsors and participating wineries, our kick-ass volunteers and all our food partners – Jeffry’s Catering, Cecco Ristorante, Georgia’s Smokehouse, Monterey Chocolate Company and Rancho Olivos Oils – who added some delicious eats to the weekend. We had an awesome time, hope you all did too!

Paso Here We Come!
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November 6-9th 2014

Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure Expands – Over Fifty SBC/SYV “Garagiste” Winemakers to Pour March 29th and 30th in Solvang

Tickets now on sale for two days of events and seminars featuring hard-to-find, high-quality, small-production winemakers from Santa Barbara County and Santa Ynez Valley; 50% are new festival discoveries; one in four pouring first vintage, 75% have no tasting room.

Solvang, CA – February 10, 2014 – Garagiste Events today announced that tickets are now on sale at http://californiagaragistes.com/buy-tickets/ for its expanded Santa Ynez Valley-based “Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure,” which will feature fifty-six of Santa Ynez Valley’s and Santa Barbara County’s high-quality, limited-production commercial “garagiste**” winemakers. The second annual festival will take place on March 29th and 30th, and returns to the beautiful, Mission-style Veterans Memorial Hall in the heart of Solvang, California. Proceeds benefit Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture program.

Last year’s one-day event sold out and, in response to both consumer and winemaker demand, the non-profit event has expanded to two days. Like all Garagiste Events festivals, each day will incorporate the festival’s signature tasting seminars, low-crowd experience, high-quality wines, first-time and ‘soon-to-break-out’ discoveries, personal winemaker interaction, diverse varietals (over 20) and renegade spirit. And, with almost fifty percent of the winemakers pouring at the event for the first time – thirteen pouring their first vintage, and over 75% lacking a tasting room – Southern Exposure offers a truly one-time-only opportunity for consumers to discover some of the hottest, yet-to-be-discovered wines, in one of the country’s most up and coming wine regions — all in person and under one roof.

“One of the most fulfilling things about Garagiste Festival events is seeing important new winemakers not only get discovered for the first time but, in many instances, explode out of the box. Surrounded by some of the wine world’s most exciting and newest AVAs, like Ballard Canyon, Southern Exposure is ripe with undiscovered and ‘on the verge’ treasures,” said Garagiste Festival co-founder Doug Minnick.

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Garagiste Events, Inc. is a 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.