The 29th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival took place at the Village of Baytowne Wharf at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on Thursday, April 16th through Sunday, April 19th, 2015 in Destin, Florida.
The Sandestin Wine Festival has been named the “Best Annual Event” by Destin Magazine, and is known as the ‘Best Event’ in the Visit South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival area.
This year’s live music in the main open square was excellent. Everyone also enjoyed the shops and dining of the Village of Baytowne Wharf. As a side note, the Village of Baytowne Wharf is always open to the public. Even during special events, guests are welcome to visit the shops and merchants.
This year’s Wine Festival was simply OUTSTANDING! The wine tastings showcased more than 800 domestic and international wines. Visitors had the opportunity to sample from a comprehensive selection from all major producing countries in all varieties, styles and price ranges.
An added bonus was the opportunity to immediately purchase your favorite wine selections. All wines were available at special event pricing at the Retail Wine Tent.
In addition to the wine tents, the Wine Festival also featured a number of gourmet food tasting tents.
Although the event was very well attended, the festival was extremely well laid out. I was impressed on how short the lines were for individual tastings at all the tents. The festival had wine tasting tents spread out throughout the entire Village of Baytown Wharf.
Each winery that was represented had wine experts at their tent to answer any and all questions regarding their wines. Most wineries had an impressive array of wines to choose from. Retailers and distributors were also represented at the event.
Although it rained briefly on Saturday, Sandestin did a great job of passing out free rain-ponchos to all the visitors. The rain did not dampen the mood of the event one bit. Everyone was clearly having a great time.
Many of the ladies were dressed beautifully with striking hats (reminiscent of the Kentucky Derby).
I had the opportunity to speak with many of the guests. I was surprised to hear that for the great majority of them, they had attended this event for over a decade. In their words, this was the must-attend event of the year!
If you have the opportunity, this is one event you should put on your 2016 bucket-list. The Sandestin Wine Festival entails extensive wine consumption, so you have two choices: 1) Have a designated driver; or even better 2) book a room at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort so that you can easily walk back to your room.
Final thoughts… the best recommendation I can write is that I will definitely be back in 2016!
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
9100 Baytowne Blvd. Suite #120
Destin, FL 32500