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There Are a Million Winery Concert Series This Summer. Here’s Almost All of Them.

An impressively exhaustive guide.

Rodney Strong concerts

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Wineries now define themselves as much by the experiences that they offer as they do the wines they make. Some wineries host picnics, vineyard excursions, or private dinners, while others feature concerts with musicians like Peter Frampton, Lyle Lovett, or Third Eye Blind. Here are our favorite winery venues with musical events and summer concerts.

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Jessup Cellars Art House Sessions are back for second year, featuring intimate performances by emerging singer-songwriters. Your ticket includes a meet and greet with the artist, wine tasting, and a little something to eat. This year featured artists include Jim Bianco, Jesse Thomas, Cary Brothers, and Meiko.
July 11 – Sept 5 | $25 – $35

Long Meadow Ranch is both a winery and restaurant, and their outdoor event space is as pretty as anywhere in the Napa Valley to relax on a picnic blanket and enjoy a bottle of wine and a show. This year events kick off with brunch and a performance with Brett Dennen, and continue with Hot Buttered Rum and five more up and coming and cult favorite artists.
May 30 – Oct 4 | $35 – $95

Mondavi is the best-known winery for summer concerts in Napa Valley and hosts the biggest names and the largest crowds. This year they are hosting the Wallflowers, Phillip Phillips, Melissa Etheridege, and more. Bring your chairs and blankets and buy wine to sip on while you’re there.
July 4 – Aug 1 | $70

Festival Del Sole is a fancy affair that features classical music and takes place at premier wineries all over Napa Valley. With performances and dinners at locations like Opus One and the Castello Di Amorosa, this event is the quintessentially posh Napa Valley musical event, and presents some of the world’s most famous composers, orchestras and performers. This year some of the featured artists are the Russian National Orchestra, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, Gordon Getty, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Constantine Orberlian.
July 15 – 26 | Free – $10,000

Bottlerock is Napa Valley’s massive rock and roll festival and is headlined by Imagine Dragons this year, with 75 more artists on 3 stages. It’s the best of Napa’s wine and food and three days of world famous musicians and chefs to pair. If you like music, multi-day festivals, rock & roll, and food & wine… you’ve probably just found your favorite event of the year.
May 29 – 31 | $139 – $3000

Music in the Vineyards is in its 21st season and is a month-long music festival that takes place at 15 different wineries. This year they are celebrating the music of Franz Schubert and debuting a number of renowned musicians and ensembles. The complete program has not yet been released, so keep an eye out for who will be playing at Beringer, Black Stallion, Chimney Rock, Clos Pegase, Domaine Carneros, Silverardo Vineyards and the rest of the celebrated wineries where this event occurs.
July 31 – Aug 23 | $55 – $275

SONOMA

Rodney Strong hosts a sophisticated annual summer concert series with acts ranging from Kenny Loggins to George Benson and Randy Newman. They do a great job of entertaining the large number or people who attend these well-executed events, and maintain an intimate feeling and wine country charm.
June 16 – September 5 | $75

Gun Bun's Huichica Festival is a down to earth festival featuring Jessica Pratt, Shannon and the Clams, Sonny & the Sunsets and a handful of other fun jam bands and lively groups. They have three stages, including a cave stage and old redwood barn stage, and the food options range from KronnerBurger to Happy Moose Juice. They will also be offering brews from Lagunitas Brewery and of course plenty of wine.
June 12 – 13 | $40 – $120

BR Cohn's Winery Summer Music Series is a summer-long series of events that are often free and always laid back. Expect groups like the Madison Hudson Band as well as duos and individual performers casually jamming for wine club members and happy guests.
May 24 – September 27 | Free - $20

Thornton Winery's Champagne Jazz Series is in its 27th year. They offer general admission seats as well as a gourmet supper option. Facing the winery but surrounded by vineyards, you’ll sit in neat rows of white chairs and enjoy jazz from artists like Boz Scaggs.
May 30 – October 18 | $75 – $170

LIVERMORE | SANTA CRUZ | PASO ROBLES

Wente Vineyards hosts beautifully executed and professionally planned concerts. The events have multiple dinner options with really tasty foods, chairs up front for the fanatics, and round tables where you’ll meet other friendly concertgoers and enjoy wine without having to hold a glass on your lap. This year they’ve got Smokey Robinson, Lyle Lovett, Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton and more.
July 15 – September 23 | $79 – $299

Las Positas Vineyards in Livermore hosts an evening concert series with funky and fun bands like the Catfish Boys and the James Nagel Band. To set the mood and fill you up they offer a meat and veggie pizzas at every show. Quite the opposite of Wente in terms of production value, this is a small stage and cozy production, but still great way to spend a Friday evening with music in wine country.
May 5 – October 16 | $5 (refunded with bottle purchase)

Mountain Winery in Santa Cruz is as much a concert venue as it is a winery, but that’s a good thing for those looking for a professional show with tasty wines and high production value. A wide range of famous musicians tour through here, including performers like David Gray and Amos Lee, Smash Mouth, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and Bel Biv DeVoe. They offer a dinner, group ticket specials, and VIP seatings.
May 22 – October 10 | $39 – $299

Beaver Stock is a two day music festival in the heart of Paso Robles that attracts over 1,000 people each day. This year the artists include California Honeydrops, Sambada and the Brothers Comatose and the stage is set up Castoro’s Whale Rock Vineyard under the sprawling oaks and vines of west Paso Robles. Bring the family, as there are craft booths and other fun things for kids. Bring the beer lovers for there is a beer tent and cider in addition to the wines.
September 19 – 20 | $40 – $60

 

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