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Lake Geneva Festival of Wine
April 8 - 10, 2016


Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Festival of Wine

Calling all wine lovers! Join Grand Geneva Resort in Wisconsin for the 2016 Lake Geneva Festival of Wine. We have an entire weekend of vintage entertainment planned for all you enthusiasts, from social wine drinkers to sommeliers. Enjoy the Friday night wine and food event at our premier restaurants to kick off the weekend then don’t miss the Grand Wine Tasting on Saturday - our main event - as well as informative wine seminars and overnight room packages too.

Tickets will be available for the Grand Tasting and VIP Hour on Saturday, April 9 at the Forum Ballroom. Purchase tickets at the Forum Ballroom check-in desk from 11am-2pm on Saturday, April 9. Grand Tasting tickets from 2-5pm are $85. VIP tickets from 1-5pm are $110.

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Reservations for the wine dinners, seminars and activities are now available. Click buy tickets above to reserve your spot. Rates below do not include service charge, tax or gratuity.


Friday, April 8th

7pm – Wine and Dine

Experience an intimate wine dinner at one of our three signature restaurants. You'll enjoy dishes that pair perfectly with the weekend's wines. Click here to purchase wine dinner tickets.

  • Geneva ChopHouse - Featuring Frank Family wines, $85 per person, View Menu.
  • Grand Café - Featuring Kendall Jackson wines, $65 per person, View Menu.

Rates do not include service charge, tax or gratuity.

7pm – Paint 'N Sip

Let out your inner artist. Enjoy a glass of one of the great Hess wines while participating in a step-by-step painting tutorial, then take home your original masterpiece. $40 per person.

Rate does not include service charge.

Saturday, April 9th

9am – Yoga and Mimosas

Start the morning with a relaxing yoga session and a mimosa (or two). All skill levels are welcome to relax and learn about the health benefits of wine. $10 per person.

Rate does not include service charge.

10am - Nature Walk

Enjoy a guided morning hike along the White River Trail. Take a breath of clean country air and enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoors before all of the wine tasting begins. Complimentary, no reservation needed.

10am - Paint ‘n Sip

Let out your inner artist! Enjoy one of the great Hess wines while participating in a step-by-step painting tutorial, then take home your original masterpiece. $40 per person.

Rate does not include service charge.

10-11am – Seminars

So You Think You Can Taste? Kendall Jackson wines are surrounded by so much noise and misinformation. We hope to dispel many myths and define the origins of wine quality. Hosted by Larry O'Brien, Master Sommelier. $40 per person.

Grgich Hills, 40th Anniversary of Judgment of Paris. Learn more about the moment in time when the Unites States was officially recognized by the French as a competitor in the wine making world. Taste Grgich Hills wines including Fume Blanc, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Hosted by Sean Barrett. $40 per person.

Rate does not include service charge.

11am-1pm – Chef Demonstration

Savor a delicious plated lunch while learning some tips from one of Grand Geneva’s finest chefs. The perfect event to elevate the every day cook by learning a new dish to create at home. $45 per person. View Menu.

Rate does not include service charge, tax or gratuity.

11:30am-12:30pm – Seminars

Sangiovese Tuscany Noble Grape - Come try a variety of wines made from the Sangiovese grape. Best known as the Tuscan grape that makes Chianti, explore the difference place and production technique makes in your glass. Your host will take you on a tour of Sangiovese your palate will love. $40 per person.

Difference of Appellations - Terroir is the French expression for the place is reflected in wine. Learn how "place" affects wine as you taste wines from different American Viticultural areas. This seminar will show off the best the Kendall Jackson Wine Estates has to offer across several regions paired with local and fresh ingredients. Hosted by Larry O'Brien, Master Sommelier. $40 per person.

Rate does not include service charge.

1pm – VIP Hour

A select few will sip and mingle in advance of the Grand Tasting. Enjoy some exclusive VIP wines too! $100 per person from 1-5pm. Same day tickets will be sold on Saturday, April 9 at the Forum Ballroom check-in from 11am-1pm for $110.

Rate does not include service charge.

2-5pm – Grand Tasting

Our main event! Meet at the Forum Ballroom to taste a diverse array of wines, including selections from Duckhorn, Hess, Wildman, Flowers, Kendall Jackson and Grgich Hills. The Wilmot High School ProStart Team will be battling it out in an Iron Chef style competition during the Tasting. Part of the proceeds from the Grand Tasting will benefit the Wilmot High School ProStart Team and the Lake Geneva Food Pantry. Also enjoy samplings from Sartori Cheese, Lake Geneva Country Meats and Indulgence Chocolatiers during the event. $75 per person. Same day tickets will be sold on Saturday, April 9 at the Forum Ballroom check-in from 11am-2pm for $85.

Rate does not include service charge.

7pm – Duckhorn Wine Dinner

With your palate prepped from a full afternoon of tasting, settle in for a specially prepared six course menu at Ristorante Brissago, and enjoy outstanding dishes paired perfectly with select Duckhorn wines. $120 per person. View Menu.

Rate does not include service charge, tax or gratuity.

Sunday, April 10th

9am – Yoga and Mimosas

Start the morning with a relaxing Yoga session and a mimosa (or two). All skill levels are welcome. Relax and learn about the health benefits of wine. $10 per person.

Rate does not include service charge.

10am - Nature Walk

Enjoy a guided morning hike along the White River Trail. Take a breath of clean country air and enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoors before all of the wine tasting. Complimentary, no reservation needed.

10am – Sunday Brunch

End the weekend on high note with our Sunday Bubbles Brunch where you can build your own champagne cocktail and fill up on your favorite Sunday breakfast and lunch specialties. $45 per person. View Menu.

Rate does not include service charge, tax and gratuity.

More details being added daily.  All events are subject to availability.




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