St. Augustine history encompasses many cultures and ethnicities, but our primary history involves Spanish exploration and colonization. When Pedro Menendez and the first 800 European settlers landed on our shore almost 450 years ago, his ships carried survival provisions. Among his most treasured stores was Spanish wine.
Spain has cultivated wine grapes for more than four thousand years. The Romans fell in love with Spanish wine and exported it throughout the Roman Empire. Spanish wine is the most popular wine in Europe and the fastest growing segment of the American wine market.
St. Augustine’s Spanish Wine Festival is an opportunity to promote our City regionally, nationally and internationally, to help local charities, and connect with our founders through a product that is as good today as it was when the early Spanish explorers came to America.
The festival and all of its events are designed to make St. Augustine the Spanish Wine Capitol of America, to make Spanish wine available at every local restaurant and market, and to facilitate historical-destination tourism.
The Spanish Wine Festival includes many events beginning on September the 9th. The main event is the Grand Tasting on September the 13th –
The Grand Tasting has something for everyone! This event provides the opportunity to sample more than 125 different Spanish wines, which is the largest collection of Spanish wines on display in America. The event also features samplings of Spanish-inspired hors d’ oeuvres. Each guest will receive a laser etched commemorative glass.
All proceeds from the Grand Tasting benefit Fresh Starts in the Culinary Arts, a program that provides homeless people in St. Augustine with relevant training and certifications that make them immediately employable after graduating from the program in the food service industry. Learn more about the program.
Be sure to visit the official Spanish Wine Tasting Website for full details and complete schedule of events; including ticket pricing and purchase.