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Melanie Webber,, (949) 307-1723

Crystal Hartwell,, (714) 987-1016

The non-profit Garagiste Wine Festivals are the only events that exclusively showcase high-quality, cutting-edge, small-production commercial wineries that produce fewer than 1,500 cases a year, and have emerged as among the most unique and influential wine events in the US. Named one of the ‘Top Nine Incredible Epicurean Vacations’ in the world by ABC News and a ‘not to miss’ event by the LA Times, the festivals have introduced hundreds of outstanding artisan winemakers to thousands of passionate wine consumers, members of the trade and media, elevating the profiles of many of the winemakers nationally for the first time, and raising thousands of dollars for the education of future winemakers.

Tickets are always very limited for the Garagiste Festivals.  To be alerted when tickets go on sale for the Paso Robles festival, for special discounts and for breaking news about all Garagiste events and mini-tastings, sign up for The Dirt at, or follow us on Twitter (@GaragisteFest) or Facebook.

The non-profit Garagiste Festivals benefit the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Department.

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Garagistes (garage-east) is a term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers, sometimes working in their “garages” (anything considered not a chateau), who refused to follow the “rules,” and is now a full-fledged movement responsible for making some of the best wine in the world.  The Garagiste Festivals were the first to shine a light on the American garagiste winemaker in 2011. Since then, the festival has helped consumers discover the remarkable wines of hundreds of true garagistes, who handcraft under 1,500 cases a year and pay close, hands-on attention to every wine they make.

About The Garagiste Wine Festivals

The Garagiste Wine Festivals ( are the first and only wine festivals dedicated to the undiscovered and under-recognized artisan ‘garagiste’ producers who are making some of the best, most exciting, handcrafted small-lot production wines in the world. Founded by fellow garagistes Stewart McLennan and Douglas Minnick, the Garagiste Festivals are committed to discovering the best and most innovative limited-production winemakers and promoting and showcasing them to a broad audience of discerning wine consumers. In addition to its flagship annual festival in Paso Robles, CA, the Garagiste Festival line-up includes Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure, featuring Santa Ynez Valley garagistes; the Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure, held this year at Los Angeles’s Union Station; garagiste mini-tastings presented from So Cal to Tahoe; winemaker dinners, a newsletter, garagiste profiles and more. Named one of the “Top Nine Incredible Epicurean Vacations” by ABC News, Garagiste Festivals are produced by Garagiste Events, a non-profit dedicated to furthering the education of future winemakers and those training for employment within the wine industry. Proceeds from the festivals are donated to the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program.

Media Contacts: 

mWEBB Communications for The Garagiste Festivals

Melanie Webber,, 424-603-4340,

Elizabeth Johnson,, (213) 713-4865

2 Responses to “Press Room”

  1. Ann October 15, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    Hi my name is Ann and i have a question. Does This Fesival take volunteers? I’m interested in Wine, its my major and i want to learn more. I’m trying to find fesivals that i can work at and learn more about wine. If you do take volunteers i would love to sign up!

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