Insiders Guide to the Exclusive Sta. Rita Hills Wine Fire Weekend
One of the most exciting weekends for Central Coast wine lovers is the Sta. Rita Hills Wine Fire Weekend, August 16-18, 2019. Attendees will enjoy a delicious weekend of tastings, exploring vineyards and wineries along with the rich Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs that have put this wine region on the map.
It All Starts with a Barn Party!
The weekend begins with a Friday Night Barn Party at Foley Estates Vineyard & Winery. This beautiful estate is the perfect location to host this party, as it’s famous for producing world-class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir using a unique micro-farming and mico-mapping process that produces exquisite and complex bouquets from their 500 acres under vine.
The evening on this former thoroughbred horse ranch will include large format tastings from 30 winemakers in a laid back and casual atmosphere. Tap your toe to the classic rock sounds of local band favorite “The T-Bone Ramblers” and enjoy live fire cooking with a Western flare from Santa Ynez native Chef Anthony Endy.
Saturday Morning Speed Tasting and Winemaker Luncheon
On Saturday morning, head out to Peake Ranch & Vineyard for a Speed tasting and lunch with 8 different winemakers. This fun event will work similar to speed dating where you will rotate between winemakers tables and chat wine with your personal table sommelier. After 10 minutes, you’ll rotate to a new table for a whole new experience!
After the speed tasting, you’ll be treated to an Italian influenced wood-fired luncheon by Chef Bello Forno as you continue to enjoy engaging conversation with your table mates! Luncheon will feature artisan, gourmet wood fired pizzas, salad and cheese bar and dessert.
Saturday Night Wine & Fire Grand Tasting Event at La Purisima Mission
The grand finale for this truly memorable weekend is the Saturday Night Wine & Fire Grand Tasting Event. Over 40 wineries, local chefs and Sta. Rita Hills farmers will be on hand for this once-in-a-lifetime event on the grounds of the historic La Purisima Mission, the most extensively restored mission in California. Once the grills fire up, you’ll enjoy top shelf culinary delights as you make your way from table to table, sampling Sta. Rita Hills wines at this truly fun and creative wine and food event.
Only 325 tickets will be sold to this exclusive event at the Mission, so purchase your tickets early for this amazing and delicious event!
Sta. Rita Wine Center Food Truck Sunday Brunch
Before you head home, you’ll have one last chance to wrap up your tasty weekend with the Sta. Rita Wine Center Food Truck Sunday Brunch. Food trucks will serve up delicious bruncheon delights like Chicken & Waffles and Abelskievers while local wineries treat you to complimentary tastings.
Tickets can be purchased for individual events and you can buy a Wine and Fire Weekend Tasting Passport that includes participating member winery’s offerings. Friday Night Barn Party – Early Bird $75.00 / After July 31 $85.00 Saturday Combo (Saturday am seminar & Grand Tasting) – Early Bird $190.00 / After July 31 $200.00 Saturday Morning at Peake Ranch – Early Bird $100.00 / After July 31 $110.00 Saturday Evening Grand Tasting– Early Bird $110.00 / After July 31 $120.00 I want it All! All Three Events! – Early Bird $265.00 / After July 31 $290.00
Grab your tickets online at the event’s website here.
Shuttles & Lompoc Hotels
Lompoc has the perfect hotel to meet your needs for the Sta. Rita Hills Wine Fire Weekend! Shuttles are are available from several popular Lompoc Hotels for Friday and Saturday night’s events. Shuttles pick up at The Hilton Garden Inn, The Embassy Suites, and O’Cairns Inn & Suites. Guests staying at the Holiday Inn Express can request a shuttle to the Hilton Garden Inn and board the bus there.
While you’re visiting with us, check out some of the other Fun things to do in Lompoc like the visiting one of the largest outdoor mural displays in the United States, taking some time to explore Jalama Beach or golf at our Championship 18-hole La Purisima Golf Course.