Wine Road will host its annual Barrel Tasting, offering three days of barrel sampling and the opportunity to purchase “futures” at participating wineries. Buying “futures” is a chance to buy, often at a discount, a wine that is still aging in the barrel now, then come back to the winery (or have the wine shipped) when the wine is bottled, typically within 12-18 months. Many wines are so limited, buying futures is the only chance to purchase them. In addition, Barrel Tasting is widely heralded as an educational weekend where wine lovers of all levels learn about the work put in to making wines after harvest, but before the wine is bottled, often hearing directly from the winemakers during the event, as Barrel Tasting is a favorite event amongst Wine Road winemakers. Additionally, several wineries will host Friday evening receptions to kick off the weekend. Advance tickets to Barrel Tasting will go on sale January 15, 2023, and are $85 for early bird weekend tickets (Jan 15-31) or $95 for the weekend if purchased after January 31. Sunday only tickets are $75 and designated driver tickets are $10.
The format for all three events will be as follows: When purchasing tickets, a check-in winery will be selected. On the first day of the event, ticket holders must pick up their glass, wristband, and program at their check-in winery. After check-in, visitors may visit any participating winery for the remainder of the weekend, no reservations required. No tickets will be sold at the door for these events.