People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic Announces Winners of 35th Annual Grapefest – A Texas Wine Experience




The Largest Wine Festival in the Southwestern United States – September 16, 17, 18, 19, 2021 –Texas Wines Featured at People’s Choice Classic Wine Tasting

VINEYARD, TEXAS (September 27, 2021) – A signature event of GrapeFest, the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic is the country’s largest wine competition, judged by consumers. Guests had the opportunity to taste Texas wines from over 30 Texas wineries serving over 130 wines at the 35th Annual GrapeFest – a Texas wine experience. The competition offered eleven 90-minute sessions throughout the weekend, with wines judged in 10 categories. More than 5,600 people attended this event between Thursday September 16 and Sunday September 19. The winners were announced and the prizes were handed out on Sunday, September 19 at 5 p.m. in the People’s Choice Pavilion.

As the fifth largest wine-producing state in the United States, the sunny, dry climate of the Lone Star State is ideal for wine production. The first established vineyard in North America began in the heart of Texas when in 1662 Franciscan priests planted the first vines. European settlers then planted vine cuttings and developed the Texas wine industry during the 1800s. Today, Texas is home to over 4,000 acres of vineyard-producing farmland in various wine regions and its industry. wine cto contribute $ 13.1 billion of economic value to the State of Texas.

Texas wineries attending the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic included: 4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery, Llano Estacado Winery, Bingham Family Vineyards, Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards, Blue Ostrich Winery & Vineyard, Lost Oak Winery, Bluff Dale Vineyards, Lucky Vines Vineyard & Vineyard

Bull Lion Ranch & Vineyard, Messina Hof Winery, Cassaro Winery & Vineyard, O’Farrell Country

Vineyards, Checkered Past Winery, Rancho Loma Vineyards, Descarado Winery, Red Road Vineyard Winery, Deschain Cellars, Silver Dollar Winery, Domaine des Hospitalieres LLC / H-Wines, Tara Vineyard & Winery, LLC, Firelight Vineyards, Texas Legato Winery, Four I’s Winery, Valle della Pace Vineyards & Winery, Haak Vineyards and Winery, Watson Vineyard, Landon Winery and White Fox Vineyards.

“The People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic was a wonderful opportunity to see people again after such a strange year, and it’s fantastic to be able to celebrate Texas wine. GrapeFest is a great opportunity to see a lot of Texas wines, and People’s Choice has been phenomenal in being able to introduce new people to the industry and the exciting things we have going on, ”said Karen Bonarrigo, Messina Hof Executive Director.

“It was a unique audience choice because we are back and everyone seemed delighted to be back”,

Sonya Terpening, President of the Wine Pouring Society. “We had some of the best and unique Texas wines represented with a number of new wineries that we had never had at People’s Choice before so the audience had a chance to taste and enjoy very unique wines. ”

Dry white

  • Gold: Bingham family vineyards
  • Silver: Blue Ostrich Winery
  • Bronze: Firelight Vineyards

Dry white

  • Gold: Messina Hof Winery
  • Silver: Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards
  • Bronze: Bluff Dale Vineyards

White: Soft

  • Gold: Landon Winery
  • Silver: Texas Legato
  • Bronze: Blue Ostrich Winery

White: Mixtures

  • Gold: Winery Silver Dollar
  • Silver: Llano Estacado Winery
  • Bronze: Rancho Loma Vineyards

Blush / Rosé

  • Gold: Messina Hof Winery
  • Silver: Winery Silver Dollar
  • Bronze: Old checkered cellar

Red light

  • Gold: Messina Hof Winery
  • Silver: Blue Ostrich Winery
  • Bronze: Bull Lion Ranch and vineyards

Red: Medium

  • Gold: Bull Lion Ranch & Vineyards
  • Silver: Landon Winery
  • Bronze: Cassaro Winery & Vineyards

Red: bold

  • Gold: Bull Lion Ranch & Vineyards
  • Silver Blue Ostrich Winery
  • Bronze: Cave Messina Hof

Red: Soft

  • Gold: Red Route vineyard
  • Silver: Bingham Family Vineyards
  • Bronze: Firelight Vineyards

Red: Mixtures

  • Gold: Bull Lion Ranch & Vineyards
  • Silver: Landon Winery
  • Bronze: Bluff Dale Vineyards


GrapeFest is a celebration of Texas wines. Home to over 400 wineries and 4,400 acres of vineyards Producing nearly three million gallons of Texas wine each year, Texas is the fifth largest wine-producing state in the United States. Grapevine is home to the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association and Texas’ first Urban Wine Trail, with a variety of award-winning tasting rooms.. In 2022, the 36th annual GrapeFest will take place on September 15, 16, 17 and 18.


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