2019 SYV Fest

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 7th year in a row.

All Festival Weekend events will take place at


1745 Mission Drive, Solvang, CA 93463

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The 2019 Southern Exposure Festival Schedule

“No Repeats, Rare & Reserve” Kick-Off Party: 6:30-9:00pm – $69 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: 11:00am-12:30pm
“Original Garagistes: A Talk & Tasting with Ken Brown”


We continue our series with a chat and taste with another Central Coast winemaking legend – Ken Brown!

Ken Brown is recognized as one of Santa Barbara County’s pioneering winemakers and innovators. He was among the first vintners to realize the tremendous promise for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in this cool-climate appellation in the mid 1970’s. He was also the first winemaker to introduce the Syrah grape, as well as Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc, to Santa Barbara County. Discover how he helped shape the Santa Barbara wine scene and why he ultimately returned to focus on small-lot winemaking.

This seminar will not only give attendees the opportunity to sample a selection of Ken’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 career.

*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 150+ 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 $150. Only 50 passes available – no coupon code needed!

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VIP All Access (11:00am-5pm) – $115

Early Access (1-5pm) – $85

Grand Tasting (2-5pm) – $65

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 10th, 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.

We need some wine-loving helpers on both Friday and Saturday to help us set-up and work during our various events throughout the Festival weekend. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at lisa@garagistefestival.com for additional details. [You must be at least 21 years old to volunteer.]

Due to Alcohol Beverage Control regulations, no one under 21 years of age will be permitted at the event including infants and small 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.