MIRAMAR BEACH — Tickets are on sale now for South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival, taking place April 23–April 26, 2020, in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin (not to be confused with the Sandestin resort or Sandestin wine festival). With more than 600 quality wines to taste over four days, this annual award-winning charity event delivers a wine experience unparalleled among Northwest Florida wine festivals.


In addition to the vast selection of wines from around the world, the festival is known for hosting nationally and internationally well-known wine celebrities and 2020 is no exception. Alessia Antinori of Marchesi Antinori, the most famously iconic winemaking family in history, will pour her family’s highly prized Italian wines which will be paired with an exclusive menu of authentic Italian dishes in Culinary Village.


"The 2020 festival is all about the experience. By bringing in Alessia Antinori, whose wine company has been making wine for over 630 years, it will be like bringing Italy to South Walton," said Chan Cox, festival founder and owner of Wine World. "You can’t go anywhere in the world and get this experience and proximity to wine royalty. Additionally, wineries of Jackson Family Wines will present wines from around the world, making this an experience you can’t find anywhere else."


Jackson Family Wine World will be featured at the festival and also present in-depth tasting seminars. Nosh Pavilions are located throughout the festival as are Spirits Row offerings. Ongoing live entertainment rounds out the Grand Tasting offerings.


The festival kicks off Thursday from 5-7 p.m. with Winemakers & Shakers, held at Wine World in Destin. The VIP Wine Tasting now takes place Friday, 4-6 p.m., followed by the Friday Craft Beer & Spirits Jam, 6-9 p.m. The Grand Tastings are Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m. The VIP Tasting can only be attended by purchasing the VIP Wine Festival 3-Day Package that includes most festival events as well. Tickets can be purchased at www.SoWalWine.com.


The South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival is truly a celebration of wine, food and music that everyone can feel good about. This event is a major fundraiser for the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation with proceeds benefiting more than a dozen children’s charities in Northwest Florida.