Dear Festival Participants ~ Thank you for a wonderful experience that surpassed even Our expectations and vision. You all looked beautiful, smiling and happy, and we look forward to seeing you again next year!
Save the dates...
22nd Annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival
May 16-19, 2019
This page will be updated as we develop the 2019 program. For information about the 2018 festival, continue reading down the page. Photos & video coming soon!
Preparing for the Festival
There is no dress code for any of the events per se, except clean, casual, comfortable attire.
FORECAST: Sunny with a 100% chance of wine. High 69' / Low 48' F
CLOTHING: Bring layers, it will be cool at night, mornings, and in the shade.
SHOES: The Grand Tasting will be held on the grass, in 4 tents in two meadows with the auction and music in the middle, so walking in shoes that don't sink into the grass will be helpful (Ladies think cowgirl boots, not heels).
The Winemaker Dinner is just upstairs from the Grand Tasting on the second floor of Bosch Lodge. We imagine people will wear similar as what they have in the past.
We are not recommending anything in particular, just feel great and able to walk on a dirt road and in the grass in the shoes you'll be wearing!
PARKING: When you turn to enter from Hwy 128, set your odometer for 1 mile, Parking Lot 2 is ticket-holder parking and it's a short 5-minute walk to the Festival Check-in/Grand Tasting tents from there.
Scroll down for event descriptions.
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
9:30am-4:30pm (9:15am check-in)
In Bosch Lodge at Camp Navarro
Tickets - $100
Designated Driver Tickets - $60
Friday features an all-day Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 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. So much to explore, we decided to start a little earlier than 10. Please arrive at 9:15am to check-in, program will begin at 9:30am. Lunch is provided.
Technical Conference Schedule 2018
9:15- 9:30- Check-In
9:30- 9:35- Welcome: Michael Green, AVWA President
9:35- 9:45- The State of Pinot Noir: Glenn McGourty, Mendocino County Viticulture and plant science advisor UC Davis
9:45- 10:30- Navarro River Watershed Report: Monty Schmitt, The Nature Conservancy; and Linda MacElwee, Navarro River Resource Center
10:30- 11:30- Marketing & Branding a Vineyard: Moderated by Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Panelists: Norman Kobler, Ferrington Vineyard; Joe Webb, Charles Vineyard; Brooks Painter, Morning Dew Ranch; Jason Drew, Valenti Vineyard; and Ryan Hodgins, Savoy Vineyard
11:40- 12:25- Vineyard Focus and Tasting of Roma’s Vineyard: Dean & Suzi Carrell of Roma’s Vineyard; Toby Hill of Phillips Hill Winery; Josh Chandler of Hillend Winery; and Phil Jones and David Bailey of Maryetta Wines
12:25-12:30- Lehmann Glass, Sponsor Presentation
1:30- 2:30- Discussion and Tasting from the Winemakers’ Workshop: Alex Crangle, Balo Vineyards
2:30- 3:00- Microbiome in the Vineyard & Cellar: Francisco De Frutos and Adrián Ferrero, Biome Makers
3:00- 3:10- Break
3:10-3:15- G3|DIAM, Sponsor Presentation
3:15- 4:00- Vineyard Focus and Tasting of Bearwallow Vineyard: Jeff Brinkman of Rhys Vineyards, Paul Gordon of Halcon Vineyards, and a Rivers-Marie wine
4:00- 4:45- Red Blotch Vine & Tree Replacement Program: Katie Delbar of Farm Service Agency, and Julian Clymer, Sunridge Nurseries
Remember to get your tickets for the FRIDAY CASUAL BBQ at HUSCH VINEYARDS happening just up the road after the Conference at 5:30pm!
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 country-blues and rock-n-roll band, "Highway One". 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, Bee Hunter Wine, 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, Panthea Winery & Vineyard, Pennyroyal Farm, Phillips Hill Winery, Philo Ridge Vineyards, Roederer Estate, Roma's Vineyard/Lone Tree Ridge Ranch, Scharffenberger Cellars, Smith Story Wine Cellars, Stella Cadente Olive Oil Co., The Withers Winery, Toulouse Vineyards, Twomey, 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:
Artevino/Maple Creek Winery
Start your tour through the Anderson Valley by stopping at Maple Creek Winery. We will have our award-winning Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Zinfandels, and our blends available for you along with some tasty bites.
20799 Highway 128, Yorkville, 707-895-3001, 11am to 5pm
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.
9001 Highway 128, Philo, 707-895-3655, 11am to 5pm
Taste our hand-crafted wines and have last chance access to certain limited edition vineyard Pinots while enjoying delicious paired cheeses with Phillip and Claire Baxter, and Mark.
Downtown Philo: 8660 Highway 128, Philo, 707-895- 3173, 11am to 4pm
Bee Hunter Wine
Come in to Yorkville Market to stretch your legs and sip while you grab a snack en route to Anderson Valley's 21st annual Pinot Fest! We are excited to participate for the first time as Vintners!!! Located right on Highway 128 on your way to and from the redwoods, Yorkville is a great community where you can pre-game with us on Friday between 5:30-9pm and swing through on the way home for our Open House on Sunday between 12-5pm. Featuring our 4 Pinot Noirs, Rose and a Sparkling Riesling for extra fun!!!
26701 Highway 128, Yorkville, 707-894-9456, 12pm-5pm, www.BeeHunterwine.com
Join us for our annual "Pinot Party" on the patio with tastings of our brand new Candelabra Pinot Noir along with all of your Brutocao favorites. Relax in our casual atmosphere with pulled pork sliders, coleslaw, and our famous port brownies all while listening to the cool jazz of the Bob Day Band.
7000 Highway 128, Philo, 707-895-2152, 11am to 5pm
Join us in the heart of the Valley for Pinot, Ribs, and Jazz! We will be pairing new releases and library Pinot Noir with Burt’s famous Hoisin Ribs as you hang out under the oaks entertained by the Burton Seagall Band.
9201 Highway 128, Philo, 707-895-3626, 11am to 4pm
Drew Family Cellars
Come join us Sunday May 20th for an open house in our tasting room in The Madrones collective in Philo. We'll have some small bites to accompany several of our single vineyard Pinot Noirs along with some library selections.
9000 Highway 128, Philo, 707-895-9599, 11am to 5pm
Kick off the day at Foursight and enjoy fresh oysters paired with our crisp whites (until they run out) so get here early! Enjoy hand-carved prosciutto, cheese and other small bites while tasting a special flight of our estate-grown wines. Come sip and savor at our winery just south of Boonville.
14475 Hwy 128, Boonville, 707- 895-2889, 10:30am to 4:30pm, Info@FoursightWines.com
Greenwood Ridge Vineyards
(((RIBS, PINOT and LIVE MUSIC))) Greenwood Ridge will be pairing our six different Pinots with our savory barbequed pork ribs doused in our house made barbequed sauce. We will also be breaking into our library vintage wines as well. All this as you rock out to a local favorite band, “BOONFIRE.”
5501 Highway 128, Philo, 707-895-2002, 10am to 5pm
Join us on Pinot Festival Sunday for wine tasting, library wines and barrel tasting. Chef Christina Jones of The Q at Aquarelle has created a Duck Sausage to pair perfectly with our wines in honor of Pinot Fest Open House.
3151 Highway 128, Philo, 800-733-3151, 11am to 4pm
We will be tasting our newly-released 2012 Pinot Noir as well as select library wines which will be offered at a one-day only discount! Enjoy artisanal cheeses, salmon, sautéed mushrooms on toast with herbed truffle oil, and savory chicken sausage hors d’oeuvres. Sip Harmonique wines and view the extensive art display.
14051 Highway 128, Boonville (inside the John Hanes Art Gallery), 707-895-9300, 11am to 5pm
Join Husch Vineyards on the deck to relax, sip and savor special food pairings. Terry Simchik will be back playing classic jazz on guitar. Bring your picnic lunch to enjoy at one of the many picnic tables and take a self-guided vineyard tour to stretch your legs. We look forward to your visit.
4400 Highway 128 in Philo, 800-554-8724, 10am to 5pm
Lazy Creek Vineyards
Drive up a narrow, dirt road off Highway 128 and across three, rough-hewn bridges surrounded by Redwoods and rambling bushes to beautiful Lazy Creek Vineyards. Complimentary tasting for Grand Tasting participants. Award-winning Pinots, brick-oven pizzas, and 20% off all wine and merchandise.
4741 Highway 128, Philo, 707-895-3623, 11am to 4pm, www.LazyCreekVineyards.com. Follow us on Facebook!
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.
11001 Country Road 151, Boonville, 707-895-7949, 11am to 5pm
Long Meadow Ranch
Long Meadow Ranch winery will open its Anderson Valley Tasting Room for the first time on Sunday, May 20th in celebration of the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival. Stop by to taste the full lineup of their Anderson Valley wines, along with culinary treats from their culinary team. For more information contact Mark at Mark@LongMeadowRanch.com.
9000 Highway 128 (in The Madrones), Philo, 10am to 5pm
Come taste our fantastic newest releases paired with delicious small bites including: Apple bacon wrapped blue cheese stuffed dates, slices of grilled chicken sausage with a spicy apple chutney dipping sauce or spicy pineapple chutney, and Matos St. Jorge cheese and crackers. Special section set up just for Wine Club members with library wine tasting and special pricing on our Pinots. We hope you can join in the fun and celebration of all things Pinot and Lula! Admission is free, value is priceless. Pet-friendly!
2800 Guntly Road (at Highway 128), Philo, 707-895-3737, 11am to 5pm
Come visit our newly opened Tasting Room in downtown Boonville. We will be releasing our 2016 vintage wines (total of 4 wines). Our wines will be paired with the best Old-fashioned doughnuts in the Valley…Chocolate and Maple.
14251 California 128, Boonville, 805-712-8862, 11am to 4pm
Meyer Family Cellars
When you combine our dynamic winemaking duo of Matt and Karen Meyer along with bites from Chef Jay, arguably the best cook in the Anderson Valley, you get one hell of an open house. We figured you only have a First Pinot Open House once so we might as well go big. Come join us for wood-fired Pizza, Pinot-braised lamb, barrel samples, new releases, bocce, cellar tours, and much more. Pinot will have its friends on hand in case you’d like to taste Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, Chardonnay, Syrah, or Cabernet Sauvignon.
19750 Highway 128, Yorkville, 707-895-2341, 11am to 5pm
Please join us for our Pinot Noir open house on Sunday, May 20th. We will have several Pinot's available for tasting, including some oldies but goodies from the cellar along with several of our other award winning wines. Additionally, we will be offering Pinot samplers with special, increased discounts and a food and wine paring of Pinot and porcini palmiers.
5601 Highway 128, Philo 707-895-3686, www.NavarroWine.com, 10am to 6pm
Nelson Hill Winery
Stop by Nelson Hill and join us lounging in our backyard, under the hundred-year-old walnut tree. We’ll be tasting some library vintages as well as some yet to be released Nelson Hill Pinot Noir. We’re also tasting award-winning cheese from France along with our fabulous local cheeses. An assortment of chocolates will be paired with our food friendly Pinot Noir. If you are adventurous and have some comfortable shoes, you can check out the ancient Mill Creek that runs along the vineyard and through the property.
3900 Highway 128, Philo, (at 18 mile marker across from Nash Mill Road), 707-895-2555, 11am to 4pm
Join us at Pennyroyal Farm on Sunday, May 20 and continue the Pinot Fest Celebration with a complimentary Bar Tasting of our estate grown wines! Stay a while and experience a Farmstead Wine & Food Pairing -- five wines paired with five farmstead bites, available by reservation at 11:30am and 3pm; $55 per adult (21+). Or go on a Farm Tour to learn more about our regenerative wine and cheese making methods -- concludes with a tasting -- available by reservation at 11am and 2pm; $20 per adult (21+) and $10 for ages 5-20.
14930 Highway 128, Boonville, 707-895-2410, 10am to 6pm, www.PennyroyalFarm.com
Phillips Hill Winery
Enjoy wine and food pairings while listening to traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music from the Hui-Arago Band. We will be pouring our terroir focused Pinot Noirs and refreshing whites. Complete your tasting experience with French-inspired BBQ bites above the creek at our historical Tasting Room in Philo.
5101 Highway 128, Philo, 707-895-2209, 10:30am to 5pm, www.PhillipsHill.com
Philo Ridge Vineyards
We’ll be tasting our soon to be released Pinot Noirs, as well as offering smokin' hot deals on our current release Pinots, for this day only.
14125 Highway 128, Downtown Boonville, 707-895-3036, 11am to 5pm
Join us on our beautiful patio overlooking the valley, a bottle of sparkling wine, and Boont Berry small bites! What a wonderful day.
4501 Highway 128, Philo, 707-895-2288 ext. 22, 11am to 4pm
Join us for Libby’s pop-up taco bar! Libby herself will be serving up Soft Tacos with Carnitas, Chicken and Veggie. Come sit in our beautiful Garden! Buy a bottle of wine and enjoy the Tacos we remember (and love)!
8501 Highway 128, in beautiful Downtown Philo, 707-895-2957, 11am to 4pm
Smith Story Wine Cellars
It’s all about the wine at our Open House this year! We are excited to release our first Anderson Valley Pinot Gris from Filigreen Farm and our new 2016 Helluva Vineyard Pinot Noir. Also, all guests will be added to our allocations list for the upcoming 2016 Nash Mill Vineyard Pinot Noir (the 2015 recently scored 93 pts from Antonio Galloni). We are looking forward to a seriously fun day of wine with you! - Ali & Eric Story
9000 Highway 128, Philo, 707-494-5575, 12pm to 5pm
Join us for some one-on-one time with Vern and our spectacular view while sipping on our small production Pinots and crisp, dry whites paired with handmade tacos. Dog Friendly!
8001 Highway 128, Philo, 707-895-2828, 11am to 5pm
Witching Stick Wines - Come sample a vertical of Cerise Vineyard Pinot Noir, the premiere 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.
8627 Highway 128, Philo, 707-895-3454, 11am to 5pm
Volunteers are the heart & soul of our festival and we pride ourselves on having people from all walks of life on our team. We would love to have you be a part of it!
If you are interested in helping out with any of our events within this 3-day wine festival, please fill out the online form by clicking to "Sign Me Up!" below. Volunteer position descriptions also available here:
Thank you to everyone who attended last year's landmark 20th Annual Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival!
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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!