The Small Guys Festival is rockin’ it out with the Garagistes!
We had so much fun the first time we're doing it again - actually 2 times!
You’ve heard of the little gems, the boutique wineries, the cult followings and the maverick winemakers, but they are often hard to find or to get to. Now we showcase the small case lot artisan wines commercially produced–all gathered in one spot. What’s a garagiste (GAR-aH-jeest )? — It’s a label coined in France to indicate those who stepped outside the lines and broke the rules, taking risks and making small case lots or micro cuvees in their ‘garage’. We think you’ll agree that some interesting things are happening at the front edge of winemaking with these passionate winemakers and growers.
2018 brings you several events to sample these hard to find wines
Kelowna August 19th 2-5 PM The Small Producers Festival will be in Kelowna.
Garagiste Dinners - a smaller, intimate dinner to meet the garagistes in person. TBA
These events are organized by Garagiste North. It was born out of many conversations with small producers who are faced with the difficult realites of getting their wines to the public, and wine lovers who are always looking for those interesting and unique producers but often have difficulty finding them. It seemed like a perfect solution, and a great way to spend an afternoon or evening.
Hope you'll join the party!
After a very, very, VERY long winter in BC wine country, the Garagistes are happy to see the snow almost completely melted on the vineyards and signs of spring popping up. Though there is little time to rest for those of us in the wine industry, winter does provide a bit of a respite and a chance to plan for the year ahead. So we are now recharged and ready to rock and roll! The Garagiste North Wine Festivals has booked a three-city tour this year to appease our growing fan base and spread the good word about the high quality Garagiste wines being produced in BC. From Vancouver to Parksville to Penticton, each festival will offer a unique lineup of Garagiste wineries and an evolving repertoire of excellent wines to taste.
The festivals are again taking place in Vancouver (new venue!) and in Penticton but this year we are jumping the pond to Parksville on Vancouver Island. The Garagiste Guild is super excited about this addition because we love the Island and the Islanders love small lot wines. This also allows easier access for the Island Garagistes to come and pour at the festival allowing our tasting crowd the opportunity to taste a wide range of terroir through the vast collection of wines being offered.
Spring releases include a variety of beautiful Rosés this year – and we love a great pink.
This year, we are thrilled to again offer an on-site wine store. This amazing amendment to the BC wine laws last year really enhanced our festival experience. We launched the concept last fall at our Penticton festival and it was a huge hit. Festival goers are able to taste the wines and then purchase their favorites before leaving the event.
We have had the opportunity to taste some of the early bottlings and the consensus is spectacular. The 2017 vintage is going to be amazing. We are also launching our Garagiste North Wine Club so do sign up and take advantage of great deals and special offerings to be shipped to your door.
See you soon at the coolest wine festival ever!
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