Cheers to 10+ Years!

Save The Date
April 24 – 27, 2025

Please enjoy recaps of the 2024 festival below!

4 Days

in beautiful South Walton, Florida
Thursday, April 24 – Sunday, April 27, 2025

600+

wines presented and
poured by industry insiders

Everyone's a VIP at #SoWalWine

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Thursday, April 25
5 PM – 7 PM – Winemakers & Shakers

Friday, April 26
4 PM – 6 PM – VIP Kick-off Event Tasting
5:30 PM – 8 PM – Craft Beer & Spirits Jam

Saturday, April 27
*TIME CHANGE*
3 PM – 6 PM – Grand Tasting

Sunday, April 28
1 PM – 4 PM – Grand Tasting

Wine Isn’t Just a Thing
- It’s Everything.

A dazzling roster of dozens of celebrity winemakers, distillers, chefs and mixologists converge in South Walton, Florida to wine, dine, educate and entertain guests as part of the four-day celebration of wine during the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival held each April throughout Grand Boulevard.

Make your plans to join us now and be prepared to sip more than 600 wines presented by knowledgeable wine industry insiders, savor delectable small bites from our Nosh Pavilions, led by the best restaurants South Walton has to offer, and stroll the beautiful boulevard.

Choose One Day to Sip and Savor or Enjoy All Four.

Either way, experience #SoWalWine as our VIP.

VIP (3-Day Package)
Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28
Saturday
Grand Tasting
Saturday, April 27 (3 PM – 6 PM)
Sunday
Grand Tasting
Sunday, April 28 (1 PM – 4 PM)
Winemakers
& Shakers
Thursday, April 25 (5 PM – 7 PM)
Craft Beer & Spirits Jam
Friday, April 26 (5:30 PM – 8 PM)

Meet the 2024 Celebrity Guests!

David
Adelsheim
Founder, Adelsheim Vineyard
Myra
Barginear
Co-Founder & CEO, Paul Sutton Bourbon
Juan
Bochenski
Executive Chef, Ovide at Hotel Effie
Shirley
Brooks
Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Elk Cove Vineyards
Max
Bruening
Associate Winemaker, Ponzi Vineyards
Ben
Casteel
Winemaker & Co-Owner, Bethel Heights Vineyard
Colin
Eddy
VP of Sales, NW Wine Company
Bethany
Ford
Owner & National Sales Manager, Illahe Vineyards
Nancy
Garrison
Co-Founder, Garrison Brothers Distillery
Britta B.
Gentle
Senior Director of Sales for the Americas, Domaine Serene Vineyards and Winery
Patrick
Hiley
Vice President of Sales, Stoller Wine Group
Mary
Joli
Regional Sales Manager of the Southeast, Willamette Valley Vineyards
Eugenia
Keegan
Senior Vice President, Jackson Family Wines Oregon
Erik
Kramer
Winemaker, WillaKenzie Estate
Céline
Lannoye
General Director, Celene Bordeaux
Jgor
Marini
Global Brand Ambassador, BANFI
Megan
Markel
Trade Relations Manager, WVWA & Camp Manager, Oregon Pinot Camp
Bill
Matthes
National Sales Manager, Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards
Max
Morrison
Executive Chef, Chan's WineWorld
Robert
Moshier
CEO, NW Wine Company
Dr. Madaiah
Revana
Owner, Alexana Winery
Cameron
Scott
Regional Sales Director of Eastern US, Cristom Vineyards
Anne
Sery
Winemaker, NW Wine Company
Dakota
Watson
Executive Chef, Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill
Yoshie
Eddings
Head Sushi Chef, Harbor Docks & Camille's in Destin

2024 Featured Musicians

Aaron
Barker
Nashville Songwriter
Casey
Kearney
Saturday & Sunday Live Music
DJ
PINKE
Friday Night Entertainment
Matt & Cole
The Reeves Brothers
Nashville Songwriters
Scott
Reeves
Nashville Songwriter
Bridgette
Tatum
Nashville Songwriter

Featured Wines

View the 2024 Grand Tasting Guide, including our featured Wines, Spirits and Seminars.

Culinary Round-Up

View our 2024 Participating Chefs & Restaurants!

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation - Founding Sponsor

Doing Good Things, One Sip at a Time. All proceeds from South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival support Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, benefiting children in need in Northwest Florida. Read more about the $40,000 donated by the festival in 2023.

Volunteers

Volunteer at SoWalWine Festival! Volunteers will be asked to perform any number of tasks during their shift, including:

  • Thursday: festival set up
  • Friday – Sunday: festival set-up and break down, scanning tickets, serving food, pouring wine & spirits, assisting in raffle tent, taking surveys and general clean up during events

Stay tuned for 2025 volunteer opportunities!

Activation Row

Our interactive, on-site set-ups from select beverage retailers are a fun way to taste new recipes, learn from industry experts, take ‘Instagrammable’ photos, and sip on delicious craft cocktails! Our 2024 activations featured:

  • On the Rocks Premium Cocktails
  • The Bardstown Bourbon Company
  • Mijenta Tequila
  • Maker’s Mark Handmade Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky
  • Garrison Brothers Bourbon
  • Tequila 512
  • Milagro Tequila Margarita Mobile
  • Whistle Pig Whiskey ‘Pig Mobile’
  • Paul Sutton Bourbon Land Rover

Tasting Seminars

The 2024 Educational Tasting Seminars and Featured Celebrity Guests included:

  • Jgor Marini, presenting a BANFI Tuscan wine selection
  • Myra Barginear, showcasing Paul Sutton’s Handcrafted KY Bourbon Whiskey
  • Céline Lannoye, kicking off the Sunday seminar with bubbles — a sparkling tasting featuring Celene Bordeaux Champagne
  • David Adelsheim, Eugenia Keegan, and Oregon Winemakers hosting a panel discussion with a selection of WVWA wineries

Raise Your Glass to
Our Presenting Sponsors

Founding Partners
Official Lodging Partner
Official Media Sponsor
Preferred Lodging Partner
Media Sponsors
Platinum Sponsors
Community Sponsors
Contributing Sponsors
Special Thanks to

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Winemakers & Shakers
Thursday, April 27 (5 PM – 7 PM)

Join us as we host honored winemakers and shakers from some of the top wineries in the world and taste great wines.

VIP (3-Day Package)
FRIDAY, APRIL 22 – SUNDAY APRIL 24

Throughout the festival, enjoy entry to ALL Festival events except for Winemakers & Shakers (ticket purchased separately).

VIP Package includes:
• VIP Entrance
• VIP Swag Bag with festival gift

FRIDAY, APRIL 22
4 PM - 6 PM

VIP Kick-off Event Tasting- Up close and personal with festival celebrities
6 PM – 9 PM
Craft Beer & Spirits Jam

SATURDAY, APRIL 23
1 PM – 4 PM

Grand Tasting

SUNDAY, APRIL 24
1 PM – 4 PM

Grand Tasting

Craft Beer & Spirits Jam
FRIDAY, APRIL 22 - 6 PM – 9 PM
Town Center & Grand Park

Taste and enjoy specialty craft beers and spirits from the hottest breweries and distilleries in the country. Meet the people who make these lively libations. Nosh on great food on EATS Street. Live music to maximize your jam.

Saturday Grand Tasting
SATURDAY, April 23 1 PM – 4 PM
Town Center and Culinary Village

It’s all about the wine and our wines just got even better! Because it truly is all about the quality, diversity and scope of wines being offered and the relevance of the people bringing them to you, we are making the bold choice to pour fewer but higher quality wines.

More than 600 wines are available at the Grand Tasting and ticket price includes Savor South Walton Culinary Village, Tasting Seminars, Spirits Row, chef demos and Nashville Songwriters Showcase.

Sunday Grand Tasting
SUNDAY, April 24 1 PM – 4 PM
Town Center and Culinary Village

Sometimes something is so much fun you want to do it all over again. Welcome back to day two of the Grand Tastings where our wines are higher quality than ever before. For those of you just joining us, relax and enjoy ambling around Grand Boulevard’s large Town Center as you taste as many of the more than 600 bottles of wine as you like. Stroll over to the Savor South Walton Culinary Village and taste delicious food, selected to go with all varietals of wines. Check out the songwriters who came in from Nashville to play just for you.

Craft Beer & Spirits Jam Presents
1st Annual Golden Shaker Award
Best Craft Cocktail Bartender Competition Judges Ticket

FRIDAY, APRIL 22
*5PM–6PM Early Entry for Exclusive Judging | 6PM–9PM General Admission

Be one of only 100 judges given the privilege of tasting and judging original libations in competition for BEST CRAFT COCKTAIL BARTENDER at the event. The ticket includes entry one hour early for judging, a souvenir glass, and a judges’ lanyard.

Details and contest information are found here

*limited number of tickets available

Culinary Round-Up

Chef
Scott Plumley

Festival Culinary Director, South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival and Director of Operations, Wine World Restaurants located throughout NW FL

Chef Jim Shirley
Jim Shirley Enterprises, South Walton, FL

Great Southern • The Bay • Farm & Fire • North Beach Social • The Melt Down on 30A

Chef
Daniel Peter

The Beachwalk Café, Destin, FL

Sushi Chef
Yoshi Eddings

Harbor Docks, Destin FL

Chef
Princeton Donald

Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill, at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

Grand Boulevard South Walton Restaurants, Miramar, FL

Emeril’s Coastal • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Bar • Grimaldi’s Coal Brick Oven Pizzeria • Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar • The Wine Bar • Black Bear Bread Company • Kilwin’s Chocolates, Fudge & Ice Cream • The Bistro at the Courtyard Marriott Sandestin • The Craft Bar • Publix Super Market

Additional Local Participating Restaurants

Great Southern Café • The Bay • Farm & Fire • North Beach Social • The Melt Down on 30A • The Beachwalk Café • Harbor Docks • Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill • Roux 30A • Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster House