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28th Annual Harvest Wine Celebration - Labor Day Weekend (Sunday & Monday)
Sunday, September 6, 2009 - Monday, September 7, 2009
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Livermore Valley Wine Country&Robertson Park
3200 Robertson Park Road, Livermore, CA, 94550

29th Annual Harvest Wine Celebration showcases historic Livermore Valley Wine Country during the peak of Harvest Season!  With over 40 wineries sharing their wines, hospitality and offering a unique experience, it makes for a memorable weekend for wine enthusiasts and friends.  

Below is all the information you will need to plan your weekend:

SUNDAY:  September 5, 2010 (12-5 pm) 

Hop aboard one of the complimentary shuttle buses, visit numerous wineries, enjoy musical entertainment with friends, and celebrate the Harvest!  Guests can also choose to drive themselves, bike, or book their own transportation.  During this fun-filled day at the wineries, guests will enjoy complimentary wines (at least 2 varietals), music, arts & craft vendors, food vendors, special wine discounts and more.

MONDAY:  September 6, 2010 (12-5 pm) 

Monday features a more intimate affair at the wineries, as each winery will offer a unique experience and activity.  In addition to complimentary wine tasting and vendors, each winery will offer a special activity allowing guests to tailor their experiences towards their interests!  Activities may include:  wine & food pairings, meet the winemaker discussions, bottle your own wines, vineyard tours, barrel sampling, cooking demonstrations, bottle signing, winemaking seminars, and more.
A complete list of activities by winery will be available for download in July.


PARTICIPATING WINERIES:

Wineries hosting Harvest Wine Celebration festivities at their tasting room locations:

Bent Creek Winery, Big White House & John Evan Cellars, Bodegas Aguirre Winery, Cedar Mountain Winery, Charles R Vineyards, Chouinard Vineyards, Concannon Vineyard, Crooked Vine Winery, Cuda Ridge Wines, Deer  Ridge Vineyards, Eagle Ridge Vineyard, Eckert Estate Winery, Fenestra Winery, Garre' Vineyard & Winery, La Rochelle Winery, Las Positas Vineyards, Longevity Wines, McGrail Vineyards and Winery, Mitchell Katz Winery, Murrieta's Well, Ruby Hill Winery, Ryhan Estate Vineyards, Stony Ridge Winery, Tamas Estates, The Singing Winemaker, The Steven Kent Winery, Thomas Coyne Winery, Wente Vineyards Estate Tasting Room, White Crane Winery, Wood Family Vineyards

Wineries hosting Harvest Celebration festivities at Concannon Vineyard:
Darcie Kent Vineyards, Lavish Laines, Page Mill Winery, Rodrigue Molyneux

Wineries hosting Harvest Celebration festivities at McGrail Vineyards & Winery:
el Sol Winery, Hidden Creek, Les Chenes Estate Vineyards

Wineries hosting Harvest Celebration festivities at Wente Vineyards:
Elliston Vineyards, Little Valley Winery, Nottingham Cellars, Occasio Winery


TICKETS: On-Line Tickets will be available mid-June 

Wineries are open on Sunday & Monday to ticket-holders only. This is the annual fundraising event for the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association. We appreciate your support.

Sunday Only Ticket $45
(includes: winery entrance, wine tasting, glass, shuttle service, entertainment, and wine discounts)

Monday Only Ticket $40
(includes: winery entrance, wine tasting, glass, winery activities, and wine discounts)

2-Day Ticket $55 advance/ $65 day of event (good for both days)

Non-Drinking Ticket $10 (good for both days)
This is an adult event.  Children are discouraged to attend.  Pets are not allowed.

Tickets are available at: Participating wineries, www.LVwine.org, First Street Wine Company in Livermore, The Wine Steward in Pleasanton, Bay Area Safeway Stores

 

WILL-CALL TICKETS:  Tickets purchased through LVwine.org website 

SUNDAY ONLY TICKETS & 2 DAY TICKETS:
All Sunday Only and 2 Day tickets purchased through LVwine.org will need to be picked on Sunday at the Will-Call location selected by the ticket purchaser.  Will-Call will open at 11am on Sunday.  Shuttle Bus service and winery tasting rooms will open at noon.

Sunday Will-Call locations include:
Robertson Park Rodeo Grounds – 3200 Robertson Park Rd., Livermore
Concannon Vineyard – 4590 Tesla Rd., Livermore
Wente Vineyards Estate Tasting Room –  5565 Tesla Rd., Livermore 
Note: 2 Day ticket holders must pick up their tickets on Sunday

If you do not want to pick-up your tickets at Will-Call, please purchase tickets at one of the following outlets: Participating wineries, First Street Wine Company, The Wine Steward, Bay Area Safeway Stores and proceed to the winery of your choice to begin your day.

MONDAY ONLY TICKETS:
All Monday Only tickets purchased through LVwine.org will need to be picked up on Monday at the winery location specified by the ticket purchaser. The name of the winery and address will be printed on the on-line receipt.  Each winery will have a Will-Call list of guests who have chosen to pick up their tickets at their winery.

 

COMPLIMENTARY SHUTTLE BUSES:  Bus Routes will be posted on this site in July

Complimentary Shuttle Buses will run on Sunday only.
We are proud to feature biodiesel fueled Bauer’s Transportation buses this year!
There will be 4 different bus routes with numerous wineries on each route.  Guests should plan to choose 1 bus route and visit the wineries on that specific route for the entire day.  Each route will have approximately 8-10 wineries on it. 

All buses will stop at Robertson Park during their route. If a guest wants to change bus routes, they will need to get off the bus at the Robertson Park bus stop and get on another bus route. 

Shuttle Buses will not be pulling into winery driveways.  Instead they will drop guests off at the road in front of each winery.  Be prepared to walk up to 300 feet to a few of winery tasting room locations.

Guests can also drive themselves, ride their bikes, or arrange for alternate transportation at one of our member transportation companies.

 

FOOD:

A wide array of food and snacks will available from local food purveyors.  Food will be reasonably priced, under $8.

 

TIPS & REMINDERS:

Only ticket holders will be allowed entrance into the participating wineries on Sunday & Monday of Labor Day Weekend.   This is the annual fundraiser for the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association and we appreciate your support.

Will-Call for 2 Day ticket holders must be picked up on Sunday. 

Please be sure to print out your on-line receipt for ticket sales and bring it with you to the specified Will-Call pick-up location.

Remember to bring your ID to the event.  Only guests 21 and over are allowed to drink alcohol.

This is an adult orientated event and children are not recommended to attend.

Wear comfortable shoes as you may be walking a short distance through the beautiful vineyards from the bus stop to winery tasting room.

Bring sunscreen and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

A friendly reminder to drink responsibility as fine wine should be sipped and savored.

 

ABOUT THIS YEAR'S HARVEST WINE CELEBRATION ARTIST, SYLVIA THOMPSON - The painting for this year’s 29th Annual Livermore Valley Harvest Wine Festival is titled, “Swaying to the Feel of Wine Country.”  The work was created by Sylvia Thompson, who is a part-time resident of nearby Sunol, CA.  After spending time in Livermore wine country, Sylvia was inspired. From these experiences, came the concept for this year’s painting.  It is based on the laid back ambiance of tasting wine and listening to music at many of the area’s wineries. Sylvia has been fascinated with art since she was a young child as she grew up in the New Orleans area.  As a teenager, she began painting seriously.  She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree.  After an internship in architecture, she went back to her passion – art.  In 1995, she started her decorative painting business focusing on artistically rendered faux finishes and murals.  Sylvia put her custom paintings on the back-burner to develop her business.  During that time her custom painting work was largely done for fun and for several charitable causes. In 2009, Sylvia’s life took a major turn.  She visited the wine country of California and rediscovered her passion of art and love.  She was so inspired by the wine country and her rediscovered relationship that she felt the need to create.   Having saved wine foils from the tops of wine bottles, Sylvia loved the look and feel of them.  She started incorporating the foils into her work loving the texture and added dimension that the foils added to her paintings.  The subjects of her paintings range from wine themes to those based on New Orleans jazz music, architecture, and culture. 

 


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