If you and your wine-loving friends are planning a trip, opt for festivals over vineyards this year. Check out the best wine festivals for groups here!
There’s no better way to celebrate the joys of life than by attending a wine festival with your friends. Luckily for us, there are hundreds of different wine festivals throughout the year. If you and your friends are a group of oenophiles, then plan a trip centered around some of the best wine festivals for groups! From beachy destinations to city locales, we’ve included locations all around the world and with dates far enough in advance that you can truly get the most out of your planning. Your trip will be filled with laughter and vino! Just make sure that you drink responsibly throughout your trip and keep in mind how wine affects your body—especially when you have more than one glass.
Niagara Icewine Festival
January 10, 2020
Coined as Canada’s coolest wine festival, the Niagara Icewine Gala may only be a one-day affair, but the festivities continue long after. If you and your friends purchase a Discovery Pass, you’ll get to enjoy carefully curated wine pairings at various wineries every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from January 10th to the 26th. Plan your vacation to this gorgeous country and dynamic festival.
RAW WINE LDN
March 8 to 9, 2020
RAW WINE hosts numerous artisan wine fairs throughout the year and features over 150 producers from around the world. All the wine you and your friends will taste conform to RAW’s specific “Charter or Quality,” which means you’ll be sipping some of the most natural wine in the world. Check out any of the RAW WINE festivals in London, Berlin, Montréal, New York, Miami, or Los Angeles—you don’t want to miss it!
Vintage Wine Festival, London
April 17 to 18, 2020
2020 will be the 41st annual Vintage Festival, and you don’t want to miss it. The festival takes you around the world in 380 versatile wines and additional artisan food specials! You and your friends will get to take in the beauty of London as well as some of the most exquisite wines from around the world. If you’ve been wanting to take a trip to London, don’t miss this festival!
Nantucket Wine & Food Festival
May 13 to 17, 2020
Nantucket is one of the most sublime places to visit at the beginning of the summer, which makes this festival even more appealing. Spanning give days, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival has brought in distinguished winemakers and chefs for over 20 years. The tantalizing island comes to life with tastings, lunches, dinners, seminars, and more for you and your group to enjoy.
Haro Wine Festival
June 27 to 30, 2020
More typically called La Batalla del Vino de Haro, this is the “wine battle” perfect for a group of wine-loving friends. Located in the wine industry town of La Rioja in northern Spain, this fest absolutely needs advanced planning. The festival is more of an excuse to wear wine than to drink it: you’ll spray, throw, and guzzle wine day in and day out. You’ll be much more likely to find squirt guns filled with wine than decanters!
International Pinot Noir Celebration, Oregon
July 24 to 26, 2020
The 34th annual International Pinot Noir Celebration is just one of the many reasons to visit this lively state. A three-day event, this is the festival for pinot noir-lovers. You’ll find world-renowned winemakers, chefs, wine-lovers, and more at this relaxing festival. Enjoy Oregon’s breathtaking wine country with your loved ones!
Denver International Wine Festival
November 11 to 12, 2020
Plan way in advance to get the most out of the beautiful Denver International Wine Festival. Located in Westminster, Colorado, the festival is in its 16th year of offering hundreds of tastings, seminars, and lectures for you and your friends to enjoy. Not to mention, you’ll be quite close to Denver, so there will be plenty for you all to do!