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Sandestin Wine Festival Kickoff Party at Rum Runners

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What: Sandestin Wine Festival Kickoff Party at Rum Runners
When: Thursday, April 14, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The festival uncorks all the fun on Thursday, April 14 with the official Sandestin Wine Festival Kick-Off Party at Rum Runners in the Village beginning at 5:00 p.m. The event starts at 5:00 p.m.and is presented by Mercer Wine Estates and 30A Wine. Enjoy paired appetizers, live music and delicious wines from the brand new 30A Wine collection.

Rum Runners will also host a special seminar upstairs: Uncork the Bottle with Will Mercer from 6-7p.m. The education seminar will feature Mercer Reserve and 30A Wine selections paired with heavy hors d'oeuvres and a meet and greet with Will Mercer, General Manager for Mercer Wine Estates.

Read below for all Sandestin Wine Festival Events Apr 15-17

The 30th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival will take place April 15- 17, 2016. The Sandestin Wine Festival has been named the “Best Annual Event” by Destin Magazine, and is known as the Best event in the South Walton Beaches area.

The Sandestin Wine Festival at Baytowne Wharf brings an opportunity for discovery. Four days of unique events open up a wide range of experiences from attending wine dinners with celebrity chefs, participating in preview events throughout the year, and taking part in wine tastings that showcase hundreds of wines.  Pre-sale tickets are on sale now by the day, by the weekend and VIP.

Wine novices are able to learn more about wines and sample from a comprehensive selection in all varieties, styles, and price ranges. Wine aficionados enjoy meeting winemakers, asking detailed questions, and acquiring hard to get selections. An added bonus is the opportunity to immediately purchase your favorite selections at the Retail Tent at a discounted rate. Everyone gets to enjoy the live music, interactive experiences at the Culinary tents, and shops and dining of the Village of Baytowne Wharf.

The 30thAnnual Sandestin Wine Festival is sure to be a memorable event. Stay tuned to the website and sign up for the newsletter for festival updates.  

Uncork some fun in the sun and see why the Sandestin Wine Festival is one of the most beloved wine festivals on the coast. Four days of unique events will include the following: 

Sandestin Wine Festival Kickoff Party
Thursday, April 14, 5-7pm
Rum Runners

Grand Wine Tasting
Friday, April 15, 5-8pm
Saturday, April 16, 1-5pm

The pouring of hundreds of domestic and international wines makes for a grand event indeed. Representatives from vineyards from across the globe will be available to entertain questions, offering a rare opportunity to learn about the finest appellations from all major producing countries in all varieties, styles and price ranges. Visit Savor South Walton Tents and sample delicious fare paired with wines. Purchase tickets before the event at the regular price of $55/$65 day of (Friday) $85/$95 day of (Saturday). This event could sell out! Click Here!

Mind. Body. Beach.
Saturday, April 16, 9am

Time to breath in a new day by the peaceful turquoise Gulf waters by the beaches of South Walton, as Spa Sandestin presents a brand new event for our fitness aficionados. We are bringing together three of your favorite things - yoga, mimosas and the beach. Yoga experts will lead you through a session that will rejuvenate your body and mind. Join us on the Beach for the ultimate Yoga on the Beach class, paired with a mimosas to welcome in the day. $25 / tickets available online.

Champagne & Seafood Voyage [kick off to Sandestin Wine Festival]
Friday, April 15, 12-3pm
Solaris Cruise at the Baytowne Marina featuring a dockside reception and seafood cruise with and pairing menu. For a full menu and reservations.

Brunch on the Bay
Sunday, April 17, 10am - 2pm
Sandestin Marina Bar & Grill

Treat yourself to a Sunday Brunch! Enjoy live music and free-flowing sangrias, margaritas and mimosas, as you choose from a wide selection of fresh, seasonal brunch items. $60 + tax per person.

Retail Tent
After visiting the festival, head to the ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Retail Tent and purchase your favorite wines without ever leaving the event. Retail tent is open from 2pm-9pm Friday and 10am-8pm on Saturday and 10-2pm on Sunday. Located at The Village of Baytowne Wharf parking lot.

Stay with Sandestin for a Great Festival Getaway! Save up to 25% OFF your room and festival tickets. Mention Promo code WINE16. Book online or call 800-622-1038. 

Sandestin Wine Festival takes place every April in South Walton, Florida. The event is the most established and continuously running wine festival on the Gulf coast and known as the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals.” Always a picture perfect event complete with white tents, grand wine tastings, culinary experiences and live music.


The Village of Baytowne Wharf is always open to the public. Even during special events, guests are welcome to visit the shops and merchants. Non-drinking festival guests are welcome to attend the Grand Wine Tasting with their friends at no charge--they will not receive a wristband or tasting glass. Must be at least 21 years of age to taste wines.
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