A wine festival in a mountain town? It may sound like an unlikely pairing until you see the unique event lineup for the Oct. 3–6 Park City Wine Festival. At the upcoming fest, guests will have the opportunity to not only taste amazing wines from around the world, but to see how the event embraces Park City’s mountain surroundings in surprising ways: Think gallery sip and strolls along Main Street, a wine dinner series with some of the most renowned local restaurants, and—perhaps most fittingly—a hike or golf session followed by a wine pairing lunch. The event also benefits the Mountain Trails Foundation.
“Park City could not be a better home for this event,” says event director Katie Jenkins. “We wanted to incorporate the city’s great outdoors. Our patrons like to work hard and play hard, and they also love great food and wine, so it’s a natural combo.”
More than 100 wineries, breweries, distilleries, and food artisans will take part, coming from Napa Valley and Sonoma County and as far as Australia and Portugal. The festival kicks off Thursday night, Oct. 3, with the Park City Uncorked Wine Series at local establishments including Montage Deer Valley, Powder at Waldorf Astoria, The Farm, and others (tickets still available for High West and Riverhorse on Main as of press time).
On Friday, you can tee off at the Nine Then Wine event, which includes golf at Canyons Resort and a lunch and wine pairing with Advanced Sommelier William Davis at Red Tail Grill. Two other Friday highlights: The Walk of Wine featuring Main Street art galleries and tastes of wine, beer, and spirits from 4–6:30 p.m. (sold out); and Best of the Fest at Montage Deer Valley, an intimate tasting showcasing only highly-rated wines at 7:30 p.m. (tickets available as of press time).
Saturday’s events range from the Trail & Tannins Hike in the morning to themed tastings throughout the day, such as Australian wine, champagne, and coffee and wine. The main evening event, The Grand Tasting, features the entire roster of domestic and international wineries alongside gourmet local food and a live cover band.
“With the mountains right there, the restaurant scene, and the incredible community support, this town really gets it and they know how to produce excellent events,” Jenkins says. Read on for a few of her festival tips.
- Ask the experts questions. “Winery reps love to share their knowledge and experience with the patrons, so don’t be afraid to ask questions and try something new,” Jenkins says. “I love when someone says, ‘I don’t drink white wines,’ but it’s just because they haven’t tried the right one yet.”
- Get tickets as soon as possible. Most of the events are sold out as of press time, and Jenkins says there will not be anything left day-of. Grab tickets to the Best of the Fest now, while they’re still available.
- Make a Friday reservation ASAP. The Walk of Wine ends at 6:30 on purpose—so festival-goers have the potential to eat dinner on Main Street afterwards.
- Wear layers. In case you are visiting, be advised: fall is upon us. Temperatures will drop at night. (The festival was previously held in July but was moved to a quieter, cooler October weekend.)
- Drink water. Stay on top of your hydration while you’re tasting wine at altitude.
If you missed your chance to enjoy the PC Wine Festival this year, how about another fun alcohol-themed event? The fourth annual Park City Shot Ski needs help reaching its goal—getting 1,310 people to take a shot off a ski at the same time—on Oct. 12. Your $25 shot ticket gets you a whiskey shot and a High West drink token at participating after-parties.