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.





>> MARCH 27-29, 2015 <<

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.

Steve Lohr Headlines Garagiste Festival Seminar on New Paso Robles AVAs

Chairman and CEO of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines offers festival attendees insights into what the AVAs mean and why they are important, November 9th, in Paso Robles; Garagiste Festival Grand Tasting offers wines from 8 of the 11 new AVAs

Paso Robles, CA –2014 – The Garagiste Festival has added a third seminar to its 2014 line-up, East! West! North! South! – What Does It All Mean? focused on the 11 new Paso Robles AVA Viticultural Areas, which will become official on November 10th, 2014.

 The seminar is headlined by special guest Steve Lohr, Chairman and CEO of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, and moderated by Garagiste Festival Co-founder Stewart McLennan on November 8th at the Ponderosa Pavilion at the Paso Robles Fairgrounds.  The Garagiste Festival Grand Tasting, which follows the seminar, features 60 Paso area winemakers, including a broad range of wines from at least 8 of the proposed new AVAs.

“The diversity of climates and soils is unique to the Paso Robles region and is a huge reason why the garagiste wine movement is able to explore virtually any varietal in any style. No other wine region can say that. On the eve of the ruling going into effect, we are honored to welcome Steve to the festival to share his insights on these new AVA Viticultural Areas,” said Garagiste Festival Co-founder Doug Minnick. “Steve was a key player in moving the new AVA process forward, and will share what drove the proposal, and what it means for winemakers and consumers alike.”

The seminar, East! West! North! South! – What Does It All Mean? is part of the fourth annual Garagiste Wine Festival, which takes place November 6 th - 9th  in Paso Robles, Atascadero and Templeton. Over 70 garagiste* winemakers are scheduled to pour over 300 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.   The festival was just named Best Festival in Sunset Magazine’s November 2014 Best of the West.

The seminar is one of three seminars that kick off Day 3 of the Festival, and precede the Grand Tasting. The other two seminars are Taste Like a Pro led by Matt Kettmann of The Wine Enthusiast and Making A Dream Come True: My Second Career as a Vineyard Owner and Winemaker, Bob Tillman of Alta Colina, Carl Bowker of Caliza, and Victor Abascal of Vines on the Marycrest. The festival also offers a Winemaker Symposium on Sunday November the 9th, sponsored for the second year by Laffort, and designed for those wine lovers ready to, or contemplating, making the leap to winemaker.

Other festival events include The Opening Round at the historic Carlton Hotel in Atascadero on November 7th,featuring 20 winemakers from Northern California and Santa Barbara County as well as cheese and charcuterie from Vivant Fine Cheese and hearty appetizers from popular local chef Johnny Jantz; Shiners, Samples, and Secrets Winemaker Mixer at Templeton’s First Crush,  on Thursday November 6th; and the festival’s signature rocking After Party on November 8th, featuring local band High Voltage and beer from Barrelhouse Brewery.

For the full 2014 Garagiste Festival: Paso Robles line-up, go to http:// http://californiagaragistes.com/2014-paso-fest/

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, Irie Wines*, 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, RN Estate*, Sea Shell Cellars*, Seven Angels Cellars, Soaring Hawk Vineyards, 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.