Events

Located on the island of Nantucket, this boutique experience of world class wines and award winning food will forever change you. Over the past 20 years, the Nantucket Wine Festival has become one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the country.  

Must be 21 or older to purchase tickets to events that include wine or spirits. Valid ID required for entry.

Great Wines in Grand Houses

The Great Wines in Grand Houses series include some of the most prestigious NWF events. Programming includes both Wine Tastings and Wine Dinners hosted in the unique setting of elegant, historic, and grand island homes. Each tasting features wines presented by a distinguished winemaker/vintner, and each dinner showcases both winemaker/vintner and renowned chef.

Thursday May 19, 2016

Code Event Description Time Price Tickets
GWT-01

Donelan Family Wines: Wine Tasting

Joe Donelan, founder of Donelan Family Wines, welcomes you into his Nantucket family home for this tasting of their exclusive and unique wines. This small, boutique winery located in Sonoma County produces award-winning Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, and Roussanne. Well loved by the Nantucket community, you will quickly learn why the Donelan family and their exquisite wines are somewhat of a legend both on island and across the US.

1:30pm - 3:00pm
$150.00
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GWT-02

Champagne Henri Giraud Tasting

Champagne Henri Giraud's history in Champagne began with the Hémart family, descendants of Henri IV, who settled permanently in Aÿ at the beginning of the 17th century. Over the centuries, the wines of Aÿ have been classed among the world’s finest and the Giraud-Hémart family own an incredible 35 parcels of Grand Cru land in Aÿ.  Today, Claude Giraud is the 12th generation of the Giraud-Hémart family in Aÿ and lovingly oversees this family House. Join Claude as he engages us in a tasting of multiple vintages and multiple wines - he will explain the history and the story behind this legendary Champagne.

2:00pm - 3:30pm
$125.00
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Friday May 20, 2016

Code Event Description Time Price Tickets
GWT-03

Paul Hobbs Winery Tasting

With vineyards in Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Carneros and Napa Valley, Paul Hobbs Winery crafts small-production wines from distinctive growing sites. Matt Hobbs, brother of founder Paul Hobbs, will combine family history and wine-growing/winemaking techniques as they present a variety of exquisite wines in this personalized and focused tasting.

11:00am - 12:30pm
$125.00
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GWT-04

Domaine du Pégau Wine Tasting

Domaine du Pégau is a beloved icon of traditionalism in Châteauneuf du Pape, crafting wines that dually epitomize the Châteauneuf style of the Southern Rhône while being unmistakably Pégau. Despite receiving six 100-point scores in less than 10 years, Domaine du Pégau remains a down to earth specimen of Southern France hospitality. Join Winemaker/Owner Laurence Féraud for this intimate wine tasting, and experience the authenticity of a wine from a traditional culture in modern times.

11:00am - 12:30pm
$150.00
GWT-05

Hourglass Vineyard Wine Tasting

Napa Valley is shaped much like an hourglass, and in the very center “pinch” lies the founding Hourglass Vineyard. The unique geography, microclimate, rocky soils, and hillside slope of this exact location provide a site unlike any other in Napa. Representing a cutting-edge, modern Napa Valley winemaking style, they farm all five of the classic Bordeaux varieties. The architecture of the winery represents the sentiment of owners; decidedly simple, elegant and modern.  The architectural influences are a nod to the Hourglass wines.  Join Winemaker Tony Biagi for an exploration of these acclaimed single-varietal wines.

11:30am - 1:00pm
$125.00
GWT-07

Hecht & Bannier Wine Tasting

Travel to the south of France with Hecht & Bannier on a wine tasting expedition. Focused on the wines from the best terroirs in Provence, Languedoc, and Roussillon, they are committed to conserving the typical Mediterranean strength in their wines while preserving balance and crispness. Join co-founder Gregory Hecht to taste and learn about the subtle nuances of these spectacular regions.

12:30pm - 2:00pm
$95.00
GWT-06

Mastroberardino Wine Tasting

Mastroberardino is Campania's most renowned winery, established in the 1750s by winemaker Pietro di Mastroberardino and located in the town of Altripalda in the ancient region of Irpinia. Mastroberardino is universally acknowledged to have been the most important guardian of the ancient winemaking heritage of Campania. Join estate owner Piero Mastroberardino on a journey through Italy’s ancient wines.

12:30pm - 2:00pm
$125.00
GWT-08

Bodegas Faustino Rioja Wine Tasting

Bodegas Faustino, located in Oyón in Spain’s Rioja region, has earned international acclaim during its more than 140 years of experience in the making and aging of top-of-the-range wines. The winery maintains a permanent stock of 9 million bottles of Reserva and Gran Reserva wines. Master Sommelier Brian Cronin will lead you through a legendary tasting of Faustino wines dating back to the 1960s.

1:00pm - 2:30pm
$150.00
GWT-10

DAOU Vineyards Wine Tasting

Daniel Daou has devoted his life to creating a Cabernet Sauvignon that rivals the very best in the world. Meticulous vineyard management and a French approach to making wines have earned DAOU Vineyards numerous accolades for their free-run (never pressed) wines. No effort is spared to create the luscious varietals and blends that flow from this limited production winery. Join DAOU Proprietors Daniel and Georges Daou for an exploration of these wines.

2:00pm - 3:30pm
$95.00
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GWT-09

Marchesi di Barolo Wine Tasting

Winemaking in the Italian wine region of Piedmont is taken as a serious art form, and this family-owned estate takes pride in the international reputation it has established for its fine Barolo and two superb single-vineyard crus, all made from 100% estate-grown Nebbiolo grapes. Valentina Abbona, who represents Marchesi di Barolo’s 6th generation, will guide you through a tasting of these exquisite wines, together with her mother Anna.

2:00pm - 3:30pm
$125.00
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GWT-11

Sokol Blosser Wine Tasting

Sokol Blosser is known as one of the premier producers in Oregon, with extraordinary wines and strong sense of place. Join family member and winemaker Alex Sokol Blosser, who oversees all of the winemaking, in a full tasting with interesting storytelling. In typical family business fashion, Alex has played many roles at Sokol Blosser from cellar rat, to Vineyard Manager, to Vice President of Sales. All these prior positions groomed him for his current and last position with the winery, that of Winemaker. His story and his wine are a treat!

2:30pm - 4:00pm
$135.00
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GWT-12

Evening Land Vineyards Wine Tasting

Founded in 2005, Evening Land Vineyards is an ambitious and unique project dedicated to making world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills, at the Seven Springs Vineyard. Helmed by acclaimed winemakers Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman, Evening Land is highly acclaimed and was named the No. 3 wine of Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2015. Rajat Parr will host this exclusive tasting of this prestigious Oregon producers.

3:30pm - 5:00pm
$135.00
GWT-16

Bertani Amarone Tasting

One of Italy's bastions of traditional winemaking, Bertani is a reference point for traditional Amarone. In addition to essentially creating Amarone, Bertani was also one of the first Veronese producers to export its wines on a significant scale. Join Brian Cronin MS as he explains how Bertani Amarone is now celebrated as a standard bearer for its category.

4:00pm - 5:30pm
$150.00
GWD-09

Vérité 100 Point Wine Dinner

In an historic moment, wine critic Robert Parker, Jr. of The Wine Advocate, recently announced twelve 100-point scores for Vérité’s three blends: Le Désir, La Joie and La Muse. This is the first time a Sonoma County winery has received this many perfect scores.

Join us for a most memorable Vérité 100 Point Wine Dinner with Chef Lou Rossi of the acclaimed Relais and Château property,Castle Hill Inn in Newport.

7:00pm - 11:00pm
$750.00
GWD-03

Chappellet Wine Dinner

Pritchard Hill’s rugged terroir, with a variety of elevations and soil types, is legendary for producing wines with great intensity and depth—qualities that define the world's finest Cabernet Sauvignons. From these Pritchard Hill vineyards, the Chappellets have been crafting extraordinary, age-worthy wines hailed as “Napa’s Grand Cru”. Join Cyril Chappellet for a delightful evening of storytelling, education and tasting of the wines that have made Chappellet famous. These wines will be perfectly paired with the refined and rustic cuisine of Chef Michael Scelfo.

7:00pm - 11:00pm
$650.00
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GWD-02

Château Cos D'Estournel - The COS Magnum Dinner

Commemorate the 20 years of the Nantucket Wine Festival with the Château Cos D'Estournel Magnum Dinner. Château Cos D’Estournel, located in St-Estèphe, is widely regarded as one of the great stars of Bordeaux's classified growths and a general out-performer. This will be a unique opportunity to enjoy a series of benchmark vintages direct from the cellars of this exceptional property, presented by Dimitri Augenblick. These magnificent wines will be paired with the award-winning cuisine of Chef Mary Dumont from Cultivar in Boston, MA. Her contemporary New England cuisine with classic French inspiration strikes a perfect balance between tradition and innovation. The marriage of these two philosophies will produce an unforgettable wine dinner experience. It's all about balance.

7:00pm - 11:00pm
$750.00
GWD-05

Château Pichon Baron Wine Dinner

Château Pichon Baron is the product of very stringent selection from the finest terroirs: a Pauillac Grand Vin classed as a Second Cru in the 1855 ranking system in Bordeaux. Join Vigneron Christian Seely, Managing Director of AXA Millésimes, who oversees the winemaking for Château Pichon Baron, and several other properties in Bordeaux, Burgundy and Portugal, for a Château Pichon Baron wine dinner featuring the cuisine of renowned Chef Geoff Lazlo of the Mill Street Bar & Table in Greenwich, CT. Enjoy this elegant dinner packed with character and personality.

7:00pm - 11:00pm
$650.00
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GWD-01

Penfolds Wine Dinner

One of the oldest wineries in Australia, Penfolds has played a pivotal role in the evolution of winemaking in Australia. Join DLynn Proctor, Penfolds Ambassador, Americas and Canada, in an exploration of their greatest exports. The perfect complement to this iconic winery is the cuisine of Brad Farmerie, Executive Chef of New York's PUBLIC, whose specialized style is inspired by the cuisine of Australia and New Zealand. Get a true taste of Australia's distinctive flavors with collectible Penfolds wines and fresh cuisine from one of the most buzzed-about New York restaurants.

7:00pm - 11:00pm
$650.00
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Saturday May 21, 2016

Code Event Description Time Price Tickets
GWT-15

Vérité / Arcanum / Château Lassègue Wine Tasting

Join Pierre Seillan, winemaker for the highly acclaimed Vérité Winery in Sonoma, Château Lassègue in Bordeaux, and Arcanum in Tuscany for a tasting of exquisite wines from each of his three wineries. Pierre's passion lies in crafting wines from diverse terroirs, using the same philosophy to capture the unique expressions of Sonoma County, Bordeaux and Tuscany in each vintage.

11:00am - 12:30pm
$175.00
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GWT-13

Staglin Family Vineyard Wine Tasting

It was the Staglin Family's longtime dream to farm a vineyard and produce world class wines. With an uncompromising commitment to quality, Staglin's mission is to produce wines that reflect the distinctive character of their historic Rutherford Bench estate. Join Staglin winemaker Fredrik Johansson for a tasting of Staglin's exquisite wines that embody the care and attention to detail that they impart on their viticultural and production practices.

1:30pm - 3:00pm
$175.00
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GWT-14

Pomerol Wine Tasting

The Pomerol appellation of Bordeaux's right bank has historically and physically stood apart from the other great appellations of the region. While this tiny neighbor to St Emilion remains unclassified, it produces some of the greatest wines of France on some of the most unique terroirs. With only limited production in this small, quality-focused appellation, we are honored to welcome Philippe Newlin, Director of the Bordeaux house of Duclot, as he tastes us through some of Pomerol's most distinctive wines.

3:00pm - 4:30pm
$175.00
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GWD-08

Ceretto Wine Dinner

This Mediterranean inspired Ceretto wine dinner will take you to the old world and back with elegant wines of vintages that span 15 years, paired with innovative cuisine. One of the largest land owners in Piedmont, with more than 400 acres of estate-owned vineyards including the prestigious DOCG areas of Barolo and Barbaresco, Ceretto is known not just for those famous wines but also for Arneis, a white wine that the Ceretto family single-handedly made famous. Join Federico Ceretto, winemaker and 3rd generation family member, as he shows his family's incredible wines. Each wine will be perfectly paired with the cuisine of renowned chef Ken Oringer, whose restaurants each uniquely reflect a passion for quality, authenticity and culinary innovation that consistently attracts loyal fans and both local and national accolades.

7:00pm - 11:00pm
$600.00
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GWD-07

Kosta Browne Wine Dinner

Join Dan Kosta, founder of the esteemed Sonoma County winery Kosta Browne, on an exploration of the varied personalities of this highly praised winery. From Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, and Santa Lucia Highlands, Kosta Browne's intensely focused and balanced wines are among California's most in-demand, garnering numerous awards including number one wine of the year on Wine Spectator's Top 100 List. This elegant dinner will feature the acclaimed cuisine of Will Gilson, chef and owner of Cambridge’s Puritan & Co. His rustic-yet-refined style beautifully compliments the terroir driven wines of Kosta Browne.

7:00pm - 11:00pm
$600.00
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GWD-06

Realm Cellars Wine Dinner

Since its founding in 2002, Realm Cellars has been committed to the singular goal of producing exceptional hand-crafted wines of superior quality. They have become known for their ability to carefully select from the legendary to the undiscovered gems of Napa Valley. Join Realm founder Juan Mercado for an exploration of these exclusive wines, paired with a multi-course dinner from Boston's legendary Lydia Shire of Scampo, the stunning first-floor restaurant in Boston’s Liberty Hotel. Her reputation for defying tradition translates into her Italian-inspired cuisine unrestrained by borders, drawing on flavors from the Mediterranean and Middle East. This dinner will reflect the bold and strong tastes of Realm and Lydia.

7:00pm - 11:00pm
$600.00
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