Gruene Music & Wine Festival
When: October 5 - October 8, 2023
Where: The Grapevine, 1612 Hunter Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130
The Gruene Music & Wine Festival is an annual celebration of Texas wine and live music held in Gruene, Texas. The festival was first organized in 1987 as a one-day event to promote Texas and Americana music while raising funds for the United Way of Comal County. Today, the festival has expanded into a multi-day event that features some of the best Texas wines and live performances from Americana artists.
The primary beneficiary of the festival is the United Way of Comal County, a local charity that focuses on improving the quality of life for the people in the community by generating resources to meet their needs. The festival aims to raise funds for this charity through the sales of featured wine and beer.
The festival begins on Thursday with the "Come And Taste It" event in The Grapevine Garden, where visitors can taste wines from some of the best wineries in Texas and enjoy craft beer tastings. Admission to this event is free, but tasting tickets are available for purchase. There are also prize giveaways and live music.
Friday's "Rockin' with Texas Wine & Food" event takes place at Gruene Hall and includes a private performance and meet-n-greet with the artist. The event features wine tasting from three of Texas' best wineries and dinner catered by Gristmill River Restaurant. There is also a silent auction and the "Great Guitar Auction" where visitors can bid on guitars signed by some of the best artists to headline Gruene Hall.
The "Taste of Texas Wine & Beer" event takes place on Saturday in The Grapevine Garden, where visitors can taste wines from some of the best wineries in Texas and enjoy craft beer tastings. Admission to this event is free, but tasting tickets are available for purchase.
The festival concludes on Sunday with the "Sunday Songwriter Shindig" at Gruene Hall, featuring an acoustic lineup of some of Texas' best songwriters. The event is emceed by Mattson Rainier of KNBT 92.1FM, and all proceeds benefit the United Way of Comal County.
Overall, the Gruene Music & Wine Festival is an excellent opportunity for visitors to taste some of the best wines and craft beers from Texas while enjoying live performances from some of the best Americana artists in the state. Additionally, visitors can support a great cause by helping to raise funds for the United Way of Comal County.