How to Spend Harvest Wine Weekend
While the Paso Robles community loves to celebrate all things wine all year long, there’s something special about the crisp autumn air and colorful vines of harvest season that brings industry members, locals, and visitors alike together for one of the most exciting events of the year—Harvest Wine Weekend! This year, Harvest Wine Weekend runs from October 20th through the 22nd, with over 100 wine events spanning these 3 days of wine country fun. While there is no official ticketed event for the festival, you can join us in honoring all that our local vintners and growers bring to the Paso Robles lifestyle, culture, and economy at winemaker dinners, ceremonial grape stomps, barrel tastings, food and wine pairings, live music performances, and more. Below, we’ve highlighted some special events that you won’t want to miss during the weekend to ease your planning process!
Get a taste of Paso Robles with these fun dinners, desserts, and DIY opportunities!
Dark Chocolate Truffles with Dunning: Visit Dunning Vineyards Estate Winery at any point throughout Harvest Wine Weekend to indulge in fine dark chocolate truffles along with 90+ wines from Cabernet Sauvingnon, Zinfandel, and Pinot Noir to Grenache, Chardonnay, and Petite Sirah. This event costs $10, which is refundable with a wine purchase.
Harmony’s Harvest Wine & Cupcake Pairing: Satisfy your sweet tooth with Harmony Cellar’s autumn-inspired cupcakes paired with award-winning wines. Cupcake flights are $7 per person, $5 per person for club members.
Harvest Hoedown Winemaker Dinner: This 3-course-sit-down dinner hosted by Calcareous Vineyard is catered by Chef Will Torres Catering, with a menu featuring items like sausage stuffed mushrooms and charcuterie, Gigli pasta, Braised Short Ribs, and Chocolate-Mascarpone Tart. A live performance by The Bonneville Phantoms will serve as the dinner’s soundtrack, and dancing kicks off after dessert on Saturday night. The event begins at 6:30 PM and costs $115 for non-wine club members.
Caramel Apple Bar: Customize your own creation at Summerwood Winery’s complimentary caramel apple bar on Saturday. Afterwards, as you sip on their wines in the tasting room, look through the windows that open up to the cellar and watch the winemaking process unfold right before your eyes!
Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes along during Harvest Wine Weekend! With an abundance of live music all weekend long, you won’t want to miss a beat!
Harvest Concert & Party – Don’t miss the opportunity to see the New York City band, The Bakersfield Breakers, perform at Vines on the Marycrest’s patio under the stars. Tickets cost $75 and include music, food by Pacific Harvest Catering, and wine!
Gatsby Garden Party – A little party at Cass Winery never killed nobody! On Friday night, enjoy a glass of Cass Sparkling wine, hors d’oevres and of course, more wine! Come in your Roaring 20’s garb and get ready to dance the night away with classic jazz trio, the Martini Lunch Band, as they play songs from Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, and others from the Great American Songbook.
Harvest Hoedown Party – On Saturday, trade your dancing shoes for dancing boots and mosey on over to Grey Wolf Cellars for a live performance by the Mother Corn Shuckers, wine and spirit tastings from Krobar Craft Distillery, and farm food by Chef Jeffry. Those who come in the best cowboy or cowgirl costume will win prizes, so look the part for your chance to win! The event costs $40 for non-members and begins at 6:30 PM.
In addition to live music and food, many wineries are hosting unique events that will let you experience harvest, hands (or foot) on!
Pet Costume Contest – Don’t leave your furry friend behind during all the Harvest Wine Weekend fun! Bring your pet out to Summerwood Winery any time throughout the weekend to enter their pet costume contest, just in time for Halloween! The best-dressed pet will win a prize!
Traveler’s Tip – If you do intend on bringing your pet to Paso Robles during Harvest Wine Weekend, book a dog-friendly room at the Paso Robles Inn!
Grape Stomp & Tacos – It doesn’t get much better than this! On Sunday, Cass Winery will provide the tunes, but leave your shoes to participate in their grape stomp! Your $40 ticket includes an all you can eat taco buffet and one glass of wine. This messy fun will give you a true taste of harvest season in Paso Robles!
Harvest Games – Everyone has a little bit more fun with a wine glass in hand! Visit Calcareous on Sunday from 12-3 PM to take part in harvest games with one of the best views of wine country! Live music and lunch are also available during game-time.
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