2014 LA Festival

Urban Exposure…Bringing the Show to the Big City…

This event is dedicated to showcasing the wines of over 40 high-quality, limited-production, commercial winemakers who are making under 1500 cases per year from all over California. We are thrilled to be able to hold the Festival in the amazing Historic Ticket Concourse at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.

Our mission is to support the small guys and girls who don’t have big marketing budgets or the time to get out there and sell their wine. These small-lot wines can be very hard to find. Over 60% of these winemakers don’t have a tasting room, so this is a singular chance to discover the next great winemakers early…and impress your friends with your newfound knowledge! Come on down and meet these artisans in person and taste their passion. We know you’ll find plenty of new wines to love.

Have questions? We’ll answer them. Just contact us at info@garagistefestival.com.





1:00-5:00pm – Premium Early Access

This ticket allows attendees to enter the Festival one hour early to taste and meet the winemakers with a more limited group. Unlimited tastes at over 40 wineries. Includes bread, cheese & charcuterie courtesy of Wood & Vine and a souvenir, stemless Stolzle crystal glass.

2:00-5:00pm – General Ticket Access
Unlimited tastes at over 40 wineries. Includes bread, cheese & charcuterie courtesy of Wood & Vine
and a souvenir, stemless Stolzle crystal glass.

>>Members of the Trade/Media, please see info below.<<

Please give yourself plenty of time to reach the venue and park so you don’t miss out on any of the tasting action.



Members of the MEDIA, please contact Melanie Webber at melanie@webbcom.com if you have any questions before and/or after the event.

Trade Access begins at 12:30pm and continues until 5pm.

To see who will be pouring, go to our WINERIES page.




Union Station
800 N. Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The event will be taking place in the Historic Ticket Concourse. See map below.

If arriving by Metro Train or the Metro Gateway Parking Lot, please follow the signs for Busway / Alameda. The event entrance will be on your right across from the main Information Booth.

If entering from the front of the building via Alameda Avenue, we will be directly on your left.




There is a fair amount of parking at and around Union Station, but we hope you’ll take advantage of the ease of the Metro if convenient for you. The general range for parking is $6-$14 for the event time period in the surrounding area.

The Metrolink Gateway Lot at 1 Gateway Plaza (on the corner of E. Cesar Chavez Avenue and N. Vignes Streets) is $6 for the day and brings you through the Metro Rail Building to Union Station. It is about a 10-minute walk, but still directly connected to the Station. Just follow the signs to BUSWAY / ALAMEDA.

To find additional lot / pricing options, please CLICK HERE.




Bread, cheese & charcuterie will be provided throughout the tasting by our friends from Wood & Vine. This is meant to enhance the tasting experience but does not constitute a full meal. If you need something more substantial….

Nothing goes better with wine than cheese. We are thrilled to announce that the Grilled Cheese Truck will be on site from 1-4pm pairing their delicious sandwiches with our amazing wines. Chef is even crafting some signature, only-for-garagiste melts. So buy your lunch off the truck and enjoy it with your favorite new wine find.

The TRAXX Bar, located directly across from the Ticket Concourse, is usually open for lunch at 11:30am for those who would like to enjoy more of the Union Station experience. Please call (213) 625-1999 to confirm their hours. There is also a Subway and Starbucks nearby inside the Station as well.




Since inception, the non-profit Garagiste Events (producer of the Garagiste Festivals) has benefitted San Luis Obispo-based Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program, as part of its mission of furthering the education of future winemakers and those training for employment within the wine industry. With the expansion into Los Angeles, Garagiste Events is proud to add a local charity as an additional beneficiary: Mending Kids International, which provides life-changing surgical care to children worldwide.




Due to Alcohol Beverage Control regulations, no one under 21 years of age will be permitted at the event including infants and children. Tickets are non-refundable for any reason. All sales are final. Garagiste Events offers a variety of promotional discounts on ticket prices throughout the pre-event promotion. No lowest price guarantee is offered or inferred. Garagiste Events does not issue partial or complete refunds to ticket purchasers for any reason. The Garagiste Southern Exposure Festival is a Rain or Shine event. Due to Health and Safety Codes, no animals will be permitted at the event, except Service Animals meeting state and federal standards. Thank you for your understanding.