California Celebrates Wine Month


With September being the height of harvest season, it’s Wine Month in California and the state is celebrating with more than 50 events and immersion experiences – from wine festivals and winemaking classes to winemaker dinners, VIP tastings and tours.

For a complete listing by region of all activities, go to

Highlights include:

  • The Madera Vintners Association’s California Wine Month Celebration on Sept. 18 will offer wine tasting from local wineries, food by a variety of local restaurants and live music.
  • In the Santa Cruz Mountains, the 33rd Annual Capitola Art and Wine Festival brings together 23 wineries, local restaurants, 160 artists, crafts and music for a weekend of fun Sept. 12-13 near the beach in Capitola.
  • Santa Barbara’s Santa Ynez Valley Wine Month features various wineries offering fun events, classes, winemaker dinners, tastings and special wine and hotel packages in the towns of Buellton, Ballard, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Solvang.
  • The 30th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival on Sept. 11-13 offers wine and food pairings, celebrity chefs, wine seminars, cooking demos, Farm-to-Tahoe Dinner, the Blazing Pans Mountain Chef Cook-Off, kids cook-off, a “winemaker for a day” immersion class, hikes, gourmet marketplace, culinary competition and grand tasting, winemaker dinners and live entertainment.