Taking place March 28-30, the Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure features fifty-six of Santa Ynez Valley’s and Santa Barbara County’s high-quality, limited-production commercial “garagiste” winemakers. Like all Garagiste events, each day will incorporate the festival’s signature tasting seminars, low-crowd experience, high-quality wines, first-time and ‘soon-to-break-out’ discoveries, personal winemaker interaction, and over 20 diverse varietals.
The non-profit Garagiste Festivals 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.
The festival returns to the beautiful, Mission-style Veterans Memorial Hall in the heart of Solvang, California. VIP tickets for Saturday are still available, as are general admission tickets for Sundays tasting.
Other events include a Friday night Kick-Off Pizza Pairing Party at Cecco Ristorante. And VIP tasting seminars with Michael Larner of Larner Vineyards, Larry Schaffer of Tercero Wines, Mikael Sigouin of Kaena Wine Company, Joshua Klapper from La Fenetre Wines, Adam LaZarre from LaZarre Wines and Clarissa Nagy from C. Nagy Wines.
Georgia’s Smokehouse Food Truck will be on-site all day offering their Southern, smoked BBQ goodness to attendees for purchase. Gourmet Cheese & Charcuterie Board will also be provided to pair with the wines.
Make a weekend out of it! They’ve partnered with several local hotels to offer discounts to Festival attendees for Sunday night. Go ahead and use that sick day. You’ve earned it.
- Solvang Inn and Cottages – $69 + tax – 805-688-4702
- The Hamlet Inn – Call for discount – 805-688-4413
- Hotel Corque – $99 to $119 – Call 800-248-6274 and reference “Special Wine Event” or enter Wine under the promotions code section on their website at
- The Petersen Village Inn – $99 to $110, includes breakfast. 805-688-3121
- Kronborg Inn – 20% off – 805-688-2383
- Royal Copenhagen Inn – $75 standard room – 805-688-5561
- The Ballard Inn – Fri and Sat discounts only – Call for pricing – 805-688-7770