The 28th annual Harvest Wine Celebration will return to Livermore this Labor Day weekend but with some changes, organizers announced.
Taking place Sunday, Sept. 6 and Monday, Sept. 7 from noon and 5 p.m. and produced by the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association (LVWA), this year's event will feature a festival-like atmosphere at Robertson Park, which in past years has been the meeting place to pick up shuttle buses to the wineries.
A total of 21 wineries will be pouring their wines both days at the park, featuring live music, arts and crafts vendors and food vendors. Live bands will perform on two stages at the Harvest Village, including Finding Stella (Sunday noon-2 p.m.), salsa band El Desayuno (Sunday 2:30-5:30 p.m.), Georgie and the Rough Week (Monday noon-4 p.m.) and Lane Coker and the Big Delta Blues Band (Sunday 12-5 p.m. and Monday noon-4 p.m.).
Those who would like to venture out to the wineries for tastings, there will be another 20 wineries pouring at their winery locations across Livermore Valley on both days. Each winery will offer a unique experience including samples of their latest releases, music, arts and crafts vendors and food for sale prepared by a local caterer or restaurant.
Shuttle buses, included in the price of admission, will transport guests between each of these wineries on Sunday only. As in past years, the shuttle bus hub will be Robertson Park,
where there is ample free parking.
More than 20 shuttles will serve three different routes, stopping at their specified wineries along each route. Celebration guests will receive a map outlining the three different shuttle routes, so they can choose which one to take. In addition, two routes will cross so celebrants can transfer and visit another group of wineries, if they choose. All shuttles return to the hub at the end of their route.
The new ticket structure is as follows: $50 for a two-day (Sunday/Monday), $75 on day of event; $45 for a Sunday-only ticket; and $40 for a Monday-only ticket. Non-drinking tickets (required for children over 12) are $10 and are valid for both days.
Tickets are available online at www.LVwine.org and at all participating Livermore Valley wineries, the Wine Steward in Pleasanton, First Street Wine Company in Livermore and all PW Markets stores. Funds raised from this event benefit the LVWA.
During the Harvest Wine Celebration, the more than 40 participating wineries are open only to ticket holders with event wristbands. No outside food is allowed into the wineries or at the park. For more information, visit www.lvwine.org or call 447-WINE. In addition to online, tickets will also be sold at The Wine Steward in downtown Pleasanton.
Wineries pouring wine at the Harvest Village (located at Robertson Park) on both days include:
Bodegas Aguirre Winery
Cedar Mountain Winery
Cuda Ridge Wines
Deer Ridge Vineyards
Eagle Ridge Winery
Eckert Estate Winery
el Sol Winery
Les Chênes Estate Vineyards
Little Valley Winery
Page Mill Winery
Ruby Hill Winery
Ryhan Estate Vineyards
Thomas Coyne Winery
Wente Vineyards Estates
Westover Winery/Palomares Vineyards
Wineries pouring at their winery location on both days (shuttle buses will transport guests to these wineries on Sunday only) include:
Bent Creek Winery
Big White House
Charles R Vineyards
Crooked Vine Winery/Stony Ridge Winery
Garré Winery and Café
La Rochelle Winery
Livermore Valley Cellars
Mitchell Katz Winery
Retzlaff Estate Winery
Rodrigue Monyneaux Winery
The Singing Winemaker
The Steven Kent Winery
Wente Vineyards TR
White Crane Winery
Wood Family Vineyards