Wine Festival returns for 31st year

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Uncork some fun in the sun at the 31st Sandestin Wine Festival April 20 to 23 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the No. 1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast.

The Sandestin Wine Festival, presented by Coastal Living magazine, is a picture-perfect event, complete with white tents, flowing wine, delicious food, ladies strolling in hats, live music and much more. Affectionately called the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals,” attendees will enjoy wine tastings showcasing hundreds of domestic and international wines. The event is one of the best of the year and draws thousands of people to The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin.

Visit South Walton this April and enjoy beautiful weather and an amazing food and wine event all weekend long. Sandestin offers nearly 1,300 deluxe accommodations from the beach to the bay. The resort features a winning combination of accommodations, events, activities, dining and shopping, unmatched by any other vacation destination.

To thoroughly enjoy the events surrounding the Sandestin Wine Festival, stay steps or a simple tram ride away when you book at Sandestin. Plus enjoy 25 percent off deluxe accommodations & tickets with code: WINE17. Visit Sandestin.com/wine for details or call 855-516-WINE. (Code: WINE17)

Wine Dinners – Thursday evening

Solaris Champagne & Seafood Voyage – Friday

Grand Wine Tastings – Friday 5-8 p.m. Saturday 1-5 p.m.

Mind. Body. Beach. – Saturday

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Retail Tent – Friday 2-9 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Brunch on the Bay – Sunday

THURSDAY, APRIL 20

Bourbon and BBQ │ Official Kick-off Party │ 6-8 p.m. │ Village Door

Kick-off Sandestin Wine Festival with Timber Creek, the only local distillery in the Emerald Coast area. Enjoy BBQ from Village Door as well as craft cocktails and interactive blending stations. What flavors do you prefer in your bourbon - corn, rye, wheat or barley? Timber Creek’s expert distillers will guide attendees through the blending process, allowing them to taste, tweak and perfect a customized Bourbon blend according to their palate. Tickets included samplings of the bourbon at the blending stations and appetizers from The Village Door.

Wine Dinners

Celebrate the festival with winemakers as they host a gourmet experience at select restaurants throughout The Village.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21

Champagne & Seafood Lunch Cruise │ 12-3pm │ Baytowne Marina

Celebrate the Sandestin Wine Festival on a luxurious 125-foot yacht that cruises the open waters while indulging in fresh local seafood and premium champagnes. The SOLARIS chefs are featuring an elaborate four-course, Gulf Coast seafood menu, each paired with premium champagnes. Begins with a dockside reception at Baytowne Marina with fresh Gulf seafood hors d’oeuvres and sparkling bubbly. It’s smooth sailing for the rest of the afternoon as guests enjoy all three decks of the SOLARIS yacht and three additional coastal cuisine courses, all paired with champagnes. Reservations required online at SunQuestCruises.com or by calling 850.650.2519.

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Retail Tent │ 2-9 p.m.

Find your favorite domestic and international tasting from the festival available for purchase at special event pricing.

Wines of South Africa seminar │ 4 p.m.

Enjoy an exclusive wine seminar, presented by Simonsig, as we explore the wines of South Africa. Special guest Johan Malan will present several wines from the Simonsig Wine Estate, which is devoted to producing terroir-driven wines that express the unique character of Stellenbosch. Wines featured; Simonsig Chenin Blanc, Simonsig Pinotage, Simonsig Shiraz/Cab Blend, Simonsig Brut.

Grand Wine Tastings │ 5-8 p.m.

The pouring of hundreds of domestic and international wines makes for a grand event and offers a rare opportunity to learn about the finest appellations from major producing countries in all varieties, styles and price ranges. Also, enjoy samplings from your favorite local restaurants with the Savor South Walton experience.

VIP Lounge Area │ 5-8 p.m.

Enjoy our exclusive VIP Lounge with premium wine, spirits and hors d’oeuvres, located at the Amenities Terrace Deck in the Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Wine Dinners

Celebrate the festival with winemakers as they host a gourmet experience at select restaurants throughout The Village.

SATURDAY, APRIL 22

Mind. Body. Beach. │ 9 a.m.

Time to breath in a new day by the peaceful turquoise Gulf waters and the beaches of South Walton. Open up your mind, become one with your body and enjoy the beach with this seaside yoga experience presented by the fitness aficionados at Spa Sandestin. Enjoy yoga, mimosas and the beach with an experience that will rejuvenate your body and mind.

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Retail Tent │ 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Find your favorite domestic and international tasting from the festival available for purchase at special event pricing.

Grand Wine Tastings │1-5 p.m.

The pouring of hundreds of domestic and international wines makes for a grand event and offers a rare opportunity to learn about the finest appellations from major producing countries in all varieties, styles and price ranges. Also, enjoy samplings from your favorite local restaurants with the Savor South Walton experience.

VIP Lounge Area │ 1-5 p.m.

Enjoy our exclusive VIP Lounge with premium wine, spirits and hors d’oeuvres, located at the Amenities Terrace Deck in the Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Wine Dinners

Celebrate the festival with winemakers as they host a gourmet experience at select restaurants throughout The Village.

SUNDAY, APRIL 23

Brunch on the Bay │ 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cap off your Sandestin Wine Festival weekend with Brunch on the Bay at Baytowne Marina. Enjoy amazing views of the bay, live music, a wide selection of fresh, seasonal brunch items created by Sandestin’s Executive Chef, Javier Rosa, and free flowing cocktails by Southern Wine.

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Retail Tent │ 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Find your favorite domestic and international tasting from the festival available for purchase at special event pricing.

Retail Tent – Open All Weekend

Friday: 2-9 p.m. | Saturday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. |Sunday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Purchase your favorite wines without ever leaving the festival

Find your favorite domestic and international tasting from the festival available for purchase at special event pricing.