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The 4 Best Wine Festivals in Vermont

Charl Joost
Last Updated: July 31st, 2023

Vermont is a northeastern state in the United States, known for its naturally forested landscape. It is also a major producer of maple syrup and for more than 100 19th-century wooden bridges.

Although it is primarily a cold region, the state is beautiful and its population goes out and enjoys several festivities, such as wine festivals.

Wine festivals are a great way to spend time with your loved ones. They tend to have a wine tasting and other alcoholic beverages for adults, entertainment such as music and games for children, and a wide array of food to be enjoyed by everyone.

In this article, we are going to look at some of the top wine festivals in Vermont and their wine scene for you to enjoy.

List of the Top Wine Festivals in Vermont

  1. Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival
  2. Burlington Wine & Food Festival
  3. Killington Wine Festival
  4. Stowe Art, Wine & Food Fundraiser

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Deeper Look at the 4 Top Wine Festivals in Vermont

1. Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival

vermont wine & harvest festival

  • Where: 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, Vermont 05356
  • When: 23 September to 24 September
  • Time: 17:00 to 19:00 (Friday), 10:00 to 17:00 (Saturday),
  • Price: $15 to $35

The 13th annual Vermont Wine & Harvest Festival will be hosted by The Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Chamber of Commerce in September 2022. One of the main wine tasting events in Vermont, this event is a fun way for the entire family to get involved.

Friday is a calm start to the festival with a soup contest and wine stroll. There will be over 15 soups to sample and judge which will pair well with the 20 different wines available for wine tasting.

The afterparty at the Wilmington Inn will see the announcement of the soup contest winner and the drawing of the raffle prizes.

Saturday will see visitors enjoying the festival’s grand tasting which will run from 10:00 until 17:00. Over 60 vendors will be providing beverages including local Vermont distilleries, wineries, breweries, and cideries.

There is an option for visitors to purchase some of the beverages they sample and enjoy the tented festival. A Bluebird lift will take visitors to the summit of Southern Vermont’s fall foliage.

On Sunday, the Vermont Wildlife Festival will occur from 10:00 until 16:00 at the Mount Snow Resort in West Dover. It is a day for visitors to enjoy the wild places, outdoor heritage, and wildlife of Vermont which will make a fun day for the whole family.

There will be presentations from organizations across the world that will demonstrate the importance of bird watching, turtle rescue, and fishing.

2. Burlington Wine & Food Festival

burlington wine & food festival

  • Where: HULA, 50 Lakeside Avenue, Burlington, Vermont 05401
  • When: Saturday, June 25
  • Time: 12:30 to 20:00
  • Price: $60 Advance Ticket, $70 All Inclusive Ticket

The 2022 Burlington Wine & Food Festival is the 11th annual event with the 2022 event having taken place on the HULA Lakeside. While the 2022 event has already occurred, the trend of having an annual event should ensure there is a 2023 event for you to enjoy next year.

There are two Grand Tasting events with session 1 running from 12:30 to 15:30 and session 2 running from 17:00 to 20:00. There are hundreds of wines to taste from world-class wineries. These wines pair well with food creations from Vermont’s most talented chefs who will make food for visitors to enjoy throughout the event.

The all-inclusive ticket allows visitors to experience wine tastings and sample food from menu samples. The food will be made by local food producers and will include meats, artisan cheeses, chocolates, and more treats that will pair well with the wine provided.

Live jazz music will provide a festive background for visitors to enjoy while attending the wine festival. Informative seminars by award-winning chefs and winemakers will allow visitors to stay entertained throughout the event.

3. Killington Wine Festival

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  • Where: 4763 Killington Road, Killington, Vermont, 05751
  • When: 15th July to 16th July 2022
  • Time: 18:00 on Friday to 15:00 on Saturday
  • Price: $55 for Grand Tasting, $75 for VIP Grand Tasting, $125 for Old Patron Tickets, and $65 for Estate Wine Tasting

The 22nd annual Killington Wine Festival took place in July 2022, with the next event expected to occur in July 2023. This event is one of the leading wine-tasting events in Killington, Vermont. Part of the ticket price includes a selection of 25 1-ounce wine samples which visitors can enjoy.

Friday saw visitors enjoying a Premier Tasting session from 18:00 to 20:00 at the Killington Peak Lodge. There was a scenic gondola ride and a kickoff of the Killington Wine Festival which can be enjoyed by visitors.

A live string quartet performed from the local Killington Music Festival was enjoyed along with complimentary food and hors d’oeuvres. These hors d’oeuvres included lamb and bean burger sliders, dark chocolate mousse, and artisan cheese.

Saturday had a Pico Tasting Event from 12:00 until 15:00 where there was a Grand Tasting event for the adults, and family-friendly activities for the whole family. Executive Chef Greg Lang produced hors d’oeuvres for visitors which included capresCapresehetta, deviled eggs, and a fresh fruit display.

Throughout the event, local restaurants offered specialty food and selective wine pairings which provided visitors with tasting dinners, wine specials, and a flavorful experience.

4. Stowe Art, Wine, and Food Fundraiser

stowe art, wine & food fundraiser

  • Where: Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, 1189 Cape Cd Road, Stowe, Vermont, 05672
  • When: 2022 Event: June 2nd
  • Time: 18:00 start time
  • Price: Bronze = $500, Silver = $1000 (for 1 person), Gold = $2000 (for 2 people), Platinum = $3000 (for 4 people)

The Stowe Art, Wine, and Food Fundraiser is an annual fundraiser showcasing fine art, food, and wine from across Vermont.

This event began with a grand reception for guests to enjoy delicious food from Susanna’s Catering. A wine tasting occurred featuring Cork Restaurant and Natural Wine Shop which will provide visitors with access to fine wine.

There was a live and silent auction of fine wines, art, and similar prizes that guests had a chance to win. An assortment of 25 prizes was available which included some rare and expensive wines including a 2006 Giribaldi Barbaresco, 1 2006 Banfi Brunello di Montalcino, and a 2000 Chateau Hanteillan Haut-Medoc.

A wine pull occurred where visitors selected a random bottle of wine (usually with an average price of $25) and guests had the chance to find their new favorite wine. The proceeds from the event benefited the Women’s Health Initiatives at the Copley Hospital.

About The Author

Charl Joost

Charl is a trainer, public speaker, and professional writer. While he has been coached to niche down, he has many passions. These include golf, gardening, technology, and a decent cup of coffee or two. Charl loves to learn about new products and tries everything he writes about.

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