September Is California Wine Month! Here’s The Big List Of Wine Events To Check Out!

It’s time to plan a trip to Wine Country! September is California Wine Month, and there’s no better time to experience the excitement of the state’s annual harvest season.

Across California, wineries, regional associations and other organizations are hosting exclusive tastings, festivals, live music, food pairings, grape stomps, vineyard hikes and much more.

Now in its 14th year, California Wine Month celebrates the Golden State’s 250-year winegrowing history and recognizes the achievements of California vintners and growers in preserving tradition and driving innovation.

With 4,800 vintners and 5,900 growers within its borders, California is the world’s fourth-largest wine producer and the source of 81 percent of the wine made in the United States. It is also the most visited state in the U.S. for food- and wine-related activities, attracting 24 million people each year, and the producer of more than 400 specialty crops.

Wine lovers can also celebrate with activities and special offers from California Wine Month partner retailers and restaurants during the month of September.

Visit discovercaliforniawines.com to view the full list of regularly updated events and partners and to order a copy of the 2018 California Wine Month poster.

Events You’ll Want To Check Out

Here’s a great list of events up and down the coast:

NORTH COAST

Sept. 1: Taste of Sonoma, Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center

Sept. 7-8: Winesong Weekend, various locations throughout Mendocino County

Sept. 8: Calistoga Wine Experience, Pioneer Park, Calistoga, Napa Valley

Sept. 15: Lake County Wine Auction, Boatique Winery, Kelseyville

Sept. 22: Zinfandel: Stories from Napa Valley, Culinary Institute of America at Copia, Napa

SAN FRANCISCO BAY & SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS

Sept. 2: Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Celebration, Wineries throughout the region

Sept. 8-9: Annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival, Capitola Village in Santa Cruz County

Sept. 8-30: Fall Passport Month, Wineries of Santa Clara Valley

Sept. 22: Eat Drink Los Gatos, Downtown district, North Santa Cruz Ave

Sept. 29: Livermore Valley Wine Auction, Wente Vineyards

CENTRAL COAST: MONTEREY TO SANTA BARBARA

Sept. 1: Highway 46 West Wineries Harvest Block Party, Dark Star Cellars in Paso Robles

Sept. 9: Taste of the Town Santa Barbara, Riviera Park Gardens.

Sept. 28: Sip & Saunter, San Luis Obispo

INLAND VALLEYS

Sept. 13-16: Lodi Grape Festival, Lodi Event Center

Sept. 21: Madera Wine Trail’s California Wine Month Celebration, Papagni Winery, Madera

SIERRA FOOTHILLS

Sept. 1-30: Find the Gold in Calaveras Wine Country: A Treasure Hunt, Participating wineries

Sept. 7-9: Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival, Northstar Resort, Truckee

Sept. 8: WINEderlust River Wine Festival, Henningsen Lotus Park on the American River

Sept. 15: Sample the Sierra Farm-to-Fork Festival, Bijou Community Park, So. Lake Tahoe

Sept. 15: Barbera Festival, Terra d’Oro Wines, Amador County

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Aug. 31-Sept. 2: The Taste, Paramount Pictures Studios, Hollywood.

Sept. 8: VINO-Palooza Wine & Music Festival, Marina Del Rey Hotel, Los Angeles.

Sept. 15: Catalina Island Wine Festival, Avalon Bay, Avalon

Sept. 29: Temecula Valley CRUSH, Monte De Oro Winery, Temecula

San Diego Wine Options

Can’t make it out of San Diego this September? Don’t worry, we have plenty for the local wine lovers as well!

Check out our article on great San Diego wine options here.

And consider dropping in on one of these events:

Gianni Buonomo Vintners was voted Best Winery in San Diego – and they are throwing a party to celebrate!

San Diego Sake (rice wine!) Master Ayaka Ito is leading a class on Sake 101

See you in Wine Country!