21st Annual Anderson Valley
Pinot Noir Festival
MAY 18-20, 2018
Pinot Fest is turning twenty-one!
Join us in celebrating
"One Varietal - Appellation"
This 3-day wine event focuses on wines made from Pinot Noir grapes grown exclusively in Anderson Valley.
All events take place at Camp Navarro, 901 Masonite Industrial Rd, Navarro, CA 95463, except for the Friday night Casual BBQ at Husch Vineyards, 4400 Highway 128, Philo, CA 95466 (just up the road).
We have exciting plans for the 2018 festival, so sign up for our e-mail updates here, and stay informed.
Video sneak peek of Camp Navarro:
Scroll down for event descriptions and tickets. We hope you take a moment to watch the videos and become inspired by our vision & this place.
We hope you share this page with your friends and you all decide to make the journey and create magical and sublime moments together and with us this May.
Cheers! To our first wine campout.
LODGING ON-SITE - new in 2018!
Our festival partner, Camp Navarro, has graciously opened their home and is offering all festival participants the option to sleep over! Fun option after a day of haute food and wines.
Choose from cozy cabins, glamping teepees, or a site for your own camping gear or RV use among the towering Redwoods.
Kick back in a hammock, dance under the stars, and enjoy amazing food and good times with friends, family and colleagues.
For on-site guests, Camp Navarro will be serving a Saturday and Sunday Brunch.
Must be a ticket holder to book.
For those of you who remember this as a Boy Scout Camp, we invite you to see how much it's grown.
Take a video tour here (6 videos):
FESTIVAL SCHEDULE & TICKETS
Scroll down to see the happenings. Each ticket link takes you deeper into the description of that event.
Thursday May 17
In Bosch Lodge at Camp Navarro
Winemaker Tickets - $140, includes ETS analysis as well as catered lunch and dinner on Thursday.
$50 Ticket is for additional winery or vineyard staff accompanying the first participant.
The goal of the Winemakers' Workshop is to further reinforce the tightly knit bonds of the local winemaking community while extending an invitation to outside winemaking influence. The afternoon will consist of up to six flights of six wines. Each participant will provide a barrel sample of one 2017 vintage Pinot Noir from any vineyard (or combination of vineyards) in Anderson Valley. This is a non-biased tasting focusing on analytical peer review with an end goal centering around the constant improvement along with overall quality of AV Pinot Noir; a rising tide lifts all boats. Press and trade will not be permitted.
Press/Speaker/Winemaker Welcome Reception
Thursday May 17
5:30pm at Camp Navarro
Invited Guests - Tickets are Complimentary;
$30 for one guest of invited guests
After the day's tastings are completed, Camp Navarro's Chef Mitchel will fire up the grill and BBQ for the Winemaker's Workshop group against the backdrop of the sun-dappled Redwoods. Participating winemakers will be requested to provide 2 bottles of 2015 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir for a more casual comparative tasting during dinner.
Selected press and trade will be invited to this portion of the event, and the winemakers that participated in the Workshop will have the exclusive benefit of sharing their wines with members of the press at no additional charge.
Friday May 18
10am-4:30pm (9:30am check-in)
In Bosch Lodge at Camp Navarro
Tickets - $100
Designated Driver Tickets - $60
Friday features an all-day Technical Conference for winemakers and consumers alike to learn from and taste Anderson Valley AVA designate Pinot wines from speakers & panelists/viticulture experts discussing current issues with growing grapes in Anderson Valley. Topics could include a summary of the Annual State of Pinot Noir, price structuring, crop yields, and the results of the latest Mendocino County Vineyard Census, marketing, frost, micro biome, biochar, barrels/corks, a local vineyard focus & tasting, and The Nature Conservancy to provide an annual update of their ongoing study of stream flows and water demands in the Navarro River watershed.
Lunch is provided. Full Technical Conference Program will be announced soon.
Casual BBQ at
Friday May 18, 5:30pm-8pm
$60 EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW
($75 full price)
Join us in the evening, as we transition up the road for the Casual BBQ at Husch Vineyards, featuring an amazing meal by Farmer John of Mendocino Heritage Pork Company, and the live blues and rock-n-roll band, "Highway 20". Everyone is encouraged to bring a bottle of wine to share. It's an eat, drink, and dance kinda night!
Saturday May 19
12pm-4pm, Art Barn Meadow & Bosch Meadow at Camp Navarro
Tickets - $150
Designated Driver & Trade Tickets $75
Taste local, world-class Anderson Valley Pinot Noirs from 50 producers under tent cover in the beautiful Camp Navarro grass meadows surrounded by majestic Redwoods, Oak trees, and a flowing river.
Live music, and local gastronomes will serve up perfectly paired goodness from all corners of the venue.
At the Silent and Live Auction, emceed by Mendocino County Sheriff, Tom Allman, bid to win wine and wine experiences like a private tasting & picnic with a winemaker, weekend stay at a winery, vineyard tours, magnums, and more. All proceeds are donated to benefit the Anderson Valley Health Center.
2018 Participating Wineries
Artevino/Maple Creek Winery, Balo Vineyards, Baxter Winery, Black Kite Cellars, Bravium, Brutocao Cellars, Cakebread Cellars, Champ de Reves, Copain Wines, Domaine Anderson, Drew Family Cellars, Expression, Fathers & Daughters Cellars, FEL Wines, Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery, Foursight Wines, Goldeneye Winery, Greenwood Ridge Vineyards, Handley Cellars, Harmonique, Hartford Family Winery, Husch Vineyards, Kendall-Jackson, Kosta Browne Winery, Lazy Creek Vineyards, Lichen Estate, Littorai Wines, Long Meadow Ranch, Lula Cellars,, MacPhail Wines, Maggy Hawk Vineyard, Maryetta Wines, Meyer Family Cellars, Navarro Vineyards, Nelson Hill, Pangloss Cellars, Pennyroyal Farm, Phillips Hill Winery, Philo Ridge Vineyards, Roederer Estate, Scharffenberger Cellars, Stella Cadente Olive Oil Co., The Withers Winery, Toulouse Vineyards, Waits-Mast Family Cellars, WALT Wines, Williams Selyem, and Witching Stick Wines.
Guest Artist, Gerald Reis, designer of our commemorative 21st Pinot Festival poster after his own black cat, "Blackjack", (as well as twenty-two additional art pieces for AVWA festivals over the years) will be present to sell his oversized poster painting to the highest bidder. Half of what Jerry raises is generously donated to benefit the Anderson Valley Health Center as well.
“Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue.”
― John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra
Wine Down Happy Hour
4-6pm Live music on the Redwood Stage
Take a break from the action and dance and sway to the "Joe Blow Band" as they bridge the scene from the Grand Tasting into the early evening. They're a pretty high-energy group so it's safe to say there will be more merriment than cool down!
At 6pm some folks will choose to dine at the festival Winemaker Dinner on-site, some will go back to their campsites or hang by the community campfire, some will drive home.
Saturday May 19
6pm in Bosch Lodge at Camp Navarro
Tickets - $150
The Winemaker Dinner starts at 6pm with a Sparkling Wine reception, then seating at 6:30pm.
A fantastic plated dinner by Executive Chef Mitchel awaits you upstairs in Bosch Lodge.
Five courses will be highlighted by a variety of wines perfectly paired with each course from eight local, world-class wineries including Roederer Estate, Scharffenberger Cellars, Domaine Anderson, Handley Cellars, Black Kite Cellars, Cakebread Cellars, Harmonique, and Balo Vineyards.
Menu available on ticket page (menu subject to change).
Special 2-day PASS
& Grand Tasting
ALL EVENT PASS
Technical Conference, BBQ at Husch,
Grand Tasting, and Winemaker Dinner
ON-SITE LODGING IS BOOKING UP
Camp Navarro offers 200 acres and various accommodations for lodging, camping and RV use.
There is Wifi. #AVPNF
And a large central campfire for all to bask in.
Additionally, Camp Navarro is also just a 5 minute drive and the closest lodging from Husch Vineyards, the location of the Friday Night BBQ.
PINOT LOVERS UNITE!
No minors, No pets.
Even though this seems like a family/pet-friendly location,
THIS IS AN ADULT WINE EVENT,
PER ABC RULES.
SUNDAY WINERY OPEN HOUSES
Continue the fun on Sunday, May 20, and explore Winery Open House events at many of the tasting rooms from Navarro to Yorkville from 11am-4pm.
Meander slowly along Highway 128's curves and enjoy a variety of offerings including live music, thoughtfully paired finger foods, discounts on wine sales, and a few surprises. A wonderful way to spend the day soaking in the beauty of Anderson Valley, and experiencing all the varieties of wines produced here, in addition to Pinot Noir.
Most Winery Open Houses are complimentary for guests wearing their wristband from Saturday's Grand Tasting. Some may charge a tasting fee. Many are also pet-friendly. Map your route and check in advance.
Winery Open House Offerings
Be sure to check back here as the festival nears to see updates of what additional wineries will be offering. We'll be updating as their descriptions come in:
Join us for a food & wine pairing experience, putting new twists on old favorites! We're celebrating our newest releases of 2016 Estate Pinot Noirs, cult favorite Pinot Noir Blanc, and Rose. Our Winemaker will be on hand to answer all your questions. Need a mixed case for the summer? 30% OFF cases & FREE SHiPPING Sunday only!! Enjoy a relaxing game of bocce or stroll the vineyards, truly a one-of-a-kind Anderson Valley experience. 11am to 5pm
9001 Highway 128, Philo 707-895-3655
Lichen Estate is offering Paella and Pinot Noir, featuring Proprietor Ana Lucia Benitez-Stewart's Ecuadorian family recipe of Paella. We'll be pouring a vertical of our Estate Pinot Noirs, from 2012 to the current release of 2015, and all will be offered for sale during the Open House from 11 AM to 5 PM.
11001 Country Road 151, Boonville 707-895-7949
Witching Stick Wines
Come sample a vertical of Cerise Vineyard Pinot Noir, the premier releases of our 2015 Fashauer Vineyard Pinot Noir, and 2016 Perli Vineyard Chardonnay. Enjoy fresh homemade bread and charcuterie as well as a pairing of homemade brownies with our 2015 Zinfandel Dessert Wine. 11am to 5pm
8627 Highway 128, Philo 707-895-3454
Thank you to everyone who attended last year's landmark 20th Annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival!
SHARE YOUR PHOTOS on social media using the #AVPNF20 hashtag.
Thanks also to all who helped make the festival a success; our wineries, caterers, venue hosts, planning committee, volunteers, and staff. You all did a great job!