Uncork Fun in the Sun at 30th Sandestin Wine Festival Apr 14-17

April 4, 2016 by SoWal Staff

The 30th annual Sandestin Wine Festival will roll out a four-day lineup celebrating food, wine and fun in the sun April 14-17 in Sandestin, Florida. Presented by Coastal Living magazine, the wine festival is the longest-running and most established in Northwest Florida. Tickets are available now.

The Sandestin Wine Festival at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has become a tradition over the years and widely renowned as the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals.” The thoroughbreds for the festival have always been the daily Grand Wine Tastings in the Village of Baytowne Wharf. The tastings will feature the pouring of hundreds of domestic and international wines on Friday, April 15 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.and Saturday, April 16 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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.

Each night, the wine festival will also showcase special wine dinners from Baytowne restaurants. Friday and Saturday Grand Wine Tastings will feature vineyard representatives from around the globe and will provide a rare opportunity to learn about the finest appellations from all major wine producing countries in terms of varieties, styles and price ranges.

The Savor South Walton experience will highlight chefs from the area including Chef Jim Shirley, Chef Javier Rosa, Chef Dan Vargo, and Chef Gio Filippone, among others. Village Merchants will also feature delectable appetizers to pair with wines.

Friday and Saturday ticket holders have the opportunity to enhance their grand tasting experience and enjoy an exclusive VIP lounge area presented by Coastal Wine and Spirits. Located at the Terrace Amenities Deck in the Village, the area will feature exclusive wines and hors d'oeuvres from Marlin Grill.

The weekend events for the Sandestin Wine Festival start with a twist, plus some postures and poses. The Mind. Body. Beach. event cleanses the spirit, if not the palette,with a special yoga on the beach session presented by Spa Sandestin. Starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, enjoy yoga and beautiful white sand beaches of South Walton all capped off with mimosas to start the day.

Back by popular demand this year is the Champagne & Seafood Voyage aboard the Solaris from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15. Enjoy a special dockside reception at Baytowne Marina, then board the vessel for a four-course seafood menu prepared by Solaris chefs as experts from Coastal Wine and Spirits pair the savory selections with premium champagnes.

Cap off the festival with a real treat and amazing views. The Sandestin Wine Festival Brunch on the Bay takes center stage 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 at Baytowne Marina. Featuring a wide variety of fresh, seasonal brunch items, live music and free flowing specialty drinks.

The ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Retail Tent will be open daily throughout the festival and located atthe entrance of Baytowne Wharf. Anyone can enter topurchase their favorite wines without ever having to leave the event.


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:

The World of Bubbles: A Lesson on Sparkling Wines with Special Guest Bill Stobbs
Friday, April 15, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Baytowne Lagoon Deck
4:00 p.m.
$30 / tickets available online.

Sandestin Wine Festival Kickoff Party 
Thursday, April 14 
Rum Runners
5:00 p.m. Kickoff Party
6:00 p.m. Wine Seminar
$30 / tickets available online.

Grand Wine Tasting
Friday, April 15, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The pouring of hundreds of domestic and international wines makes for a grand event indeed. Purchase tickets before the event at the regular price of $55/$65 day of (Friday) $85/$95 day of (Saturday). VIP tickets also available. This event could sell out! Click Here!

Champagne & Seafood Voyage  
Friday, April 15, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
For a full menu and reservations.

Mind. Body. Beach.
Saturday, April 16, 9:00 a.m.
$25 / tickets available online.

Base to Bubbles: A Lesson on Sparkling Wines with Tom Tibruzi
Saturday, April 16, 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Baytowne Lagoon Deck
$30 / tickets available online.

Brunch on the Bay
Sunday, April 17, 10am - 2pm
Baytowne Marina
$60 / tickets available online.


Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort provides the convenience of having accommodations that are steps or a convenient tram ride away from the festival. Packages with discounted accommodations and tickets are available with savings up to 25% off (code: WINE16). Call 866.91.BEACH to talk to a reservation specialist. Find your place in the sun at           

Chief sponsors of the 30th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival include Coastal Living magazine, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Good Grit Magazine, Visit South Walton, and 30A.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Fisher House, a worthwhile organization that provides free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers and Sandestin Foundation for Kids, making a meaningful and positive difference in children's lives.

For more information about tickets and a full schedule of events for the 30th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival visit Follow the festival event on social media using the hashtag #SandestinUncorked. Follow the Sandestin Wine Festival Facebook page for updates and fun photos. Find Sandestin on Instagram and Twitter.


The Sandestin Wine Festival is the longest, continuously running wine festival in the Southeast. Thousands of people enjoy festival events including Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights in November, plus Wine Dinners, Seminars and Grand Wine Tastings in April. For information, visit  


Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort features beautiful beaches, golf, tennis, marina, shopping, dining and more. The 2,400 acre resort features 1,250 vacation rentals including studios to 4-bedroom units, condos, homes, villas and penthouses within four resort areas including Beachside, Bayside, Lakeside and the Village stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the tranquil Choctawhatchee Bay. Download the Explore Sandestin app. Follow Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on Facebook for resort updates and photos.


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