Media/Trade Tasting


We (especially the winemakers) are thrilled you’re interested in attending this year’s 4th Annual Garagiste Festival. Please email us at with your name AND company name to request an invitation. Trade tickets are available ONLY to restaurants owners, wine shop/ wine bar owners, wine buyers, restaurant sommeliers and distributors.* 

*Winery personnel, non-Garagiste winery owners, hospitality industry, winery equipment companies and tour operators DO NOT qualify for tickets to the Trade Tasting. These tickets are for attendees who can provide direct sales/promotional benefit to our winemakers.

We are a non-profit that holds Festivals to support small, independent wineries and the Cal Poly Wine & Viticulture Program. We keep our events intentionally small and intimate to ensure a personal experience for both wineries and attendees. With limited tickets available, we are not able to offer discounts or comp tickets to members of the industry that are not directly participating in or contributing to the Festival.

We appreciate your understanding.


Please email Melanie Webber at if you’re interested in attending. Include a link/pdf to the publication you work for, editorial title and a pdf/link to a recent article. We will let you know as soon as possible if we can accommodate your request.


Advance RSVP/confirmation is required for members of BOTH the trade and media.

Trade/Media access begins on Saturday, November 8th at 12:30pm at The Ponderosa Pavilion at the Paso Fairgrounds. You will have 1 1/2 hours to get down to the nitty-gritty with this year’s 60 wineries without the bulk of attendees also vying for their attention. You will be allowed to stay for the entire event.

To see who’s pouring, click here.

Guess we have to say it – you also have to be at least 21-years-old.