2018 SYV Festival

We are excited to be bringing over 30 hard-to-find, high-quality micro-production wineries to the Santa Ynez Valley for The Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure for the fifth year in a row.

All Festival Weekend events will take place at


1745 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463


The 2018 Southern Exposure Festival Schedule

“No Repeats, Rare & Reserve” Kick-Off Party: 6:30-9:00pm – $49 per person
Get up close and personal with the winemakers as they share wines you won’t get to try anywhere else this weekend…and few other people get to try at all! This evening will showcase extremely limited Club Only, Library and Pre-Release bottles – perhaps even some barrel samples – that truly showcase what micro-production winemaking is all about. This event is like digging for diamonds with an earth mover. You are guaranteed to find more than a few gems! Neighbor Tim’s will be bringing their amazing Texas-Style BBQ, which is also included in the ticket price. Great food and unique wines? What could be more fun! (PS: Vegetarians we’ve got you covered, too.)


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The day begins with one of the most popular features of the Garagiste Festivals, its engaging, educational and unique winemaker panel and tasting seminars.

*SATURDAY SEMINAR: 11:30am-12:30pm
“Original Garagistes: A Talk & Tasting with Bob Lindquist”

What better way than to start this series than with Central Coast winemaking legend Bob Lindquist from Qupé.

Bob’s storied winemaking career has not only won him wide acclaim from wine aficionados around the world, but he is an inspiration to micro-production winemakers everywhere and epitomizes everything that the American Garagiste movement is about – handcrafting stunning wines from under-appreciated grapes, ignoring established rules, innovating and taking risks and generously sharing knowledge with his peers. There would be no Garagiste movement, no Rhone Rangers – and the Central Coast would still be a blip on the way to Napa – without visionary winemakers like Bob.

This seminar will not only give attendees the opportunity to sample Mr.  Lindquist’s wines but will also chronicle, via moderator Stewart McLennan, his story and winemaking journey. This seminar promises to be a unique and not to be missed view behind the man and his amazing wines.

– Hosted by Stewart McLennan


*The seminar is only available as part of the WEEKEND PASS* or Saturday VIP TICKET, which also includes a Wine Country Box Lunch and (1) hour early access to the Grand Tasting.

Saturday continues with the Grand Tasting from 2-5pm showcasing over 30 winemakers pouring 100+ wines and 20+ varietals.

There will be a limited number of Early Access Tickets available, which gives attendees an extra hour of tasting from 1-2pm. More time = more wines to discover. These tickets grant you 4 hours of tasting so you will have plenty of time to chat, taste and explore.

*Limited Weekend Passes Available – For those of you who want to attend ALL of our events, we have created a Weekend Pass that gets you into both Friday’s Kick-Off Party and Saturday’s VIP All-Day Seminar & Tasting for just $130. These passes are extremely limited and get you 20% off. No coupon code needed!

VIP All Access (11:30am-5pm) – $110

Early Access (1-5pm) – $80

Grand Tasting (2-5pm) – $60

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Garagiste Solvang Passport Day
FREE to Garagiste Festival Ticket-holders

We are bringing our Passport Sunday activities back this year.  Local SYV wineries will be offering special opportunities
on Sunday, FEBRUARY 11th, ONLY for Garagiste Festival attendees.

Vineyard tours, winery tours, barrel samples, free and discounted tastings, discounted pricing and club-member-for-a-day benefits are just some of the treats being offered by participating wineries.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get out into wine country before you head home
and get even more of the Garagiste wine country experience!

More details coming soon!

Trade & Media Entry
There will be limited tickets made available to the Grand Tastings to members of the Trade and Media. ONLY wine bar / shop / restaurant owners and wine brokers will be allowed access. Members of the media will need to provide appropriate credentials. If you are interested in attending, please contact us at info@garagistefestival.com for additional details.

Due to Alcohol Beverage Control regulations, no one under 21 years of age will be permitted at the event including infants and children. 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. The Garagiste Southern Exposure Festival is a Rain or Shine event.