6 Summer Wine Festivals to Attend in Dallas-Fort Worth
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6 Summer Wine Festivals to Attend in Dallas-Fort Worth

Summers in the Lone Star State can be hot, but that doesn’t stop Texans from hosting wine festivals during the sunny season.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area offers six summer events perfect for wine lovers, from a vintage disco train ride to a festive Italian festival. Some activities are kid-friendly, while others are designed for those who prefer an adult-only experience.

Events are listed by date. Enjoy your summer sips, but drink responsibly.

Dallas’ Barcelona Wine Bar hosts a cocktail-style reception where guests can sample 30 organic wines, along with tapas and paella. Last year, the winery’s selection was named the best organic wine in the world by World of Fine Wine.

The event will take place on Sunday, July 21 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are $65. The event will take place on the patio of the wine bar, located at 5016 Miller Ave.

All aboard! Grapevine Vintage Railroad regularly hosts themed rides, including those reserved for passengers 21 and older. A particularly cool ride is the disco-themed tour on Friday, July 26.

The Disco Wine Train is a two-hour ride with disco music and funky lights. Passengers receive two free glasses of Texas wine served in a souvenir glass and savory snacks. Themed costumes are encouraged.

The train will operate in all weather conditions. Boarding begins at 7:05 p.m. and departure is at 7:25 p.m., from 705 S. Main St. Tickets are $52, and seats can be selected at the time of purchase.

Put on your best Hawaiian shirt, because it’s time to bring the beach to downtown Denton. On Wednesday, July 31, the Denton Wine Tasting Tour is hosting a tropical-themed event with summer wines and over 20 stops.

Attendees will receive a personalized wine glass and samples from each participating business. Food trucks will be on site with small bites prepared to pair with wine, while live musicians will perform in Denton Square. At the end of the evening, there will be a drawing for three prizes worth a total of $600.

Seriously, dress for the theme. Those in costume get an extra raffle ticket.

The wine tour will be held from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Check-in is at Miss Angeline’s Restaurant, 125 E. Oak St. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the tour.

Landon Winery is hosting a slider and wine celebration at each of its six Dallas-Fort Worth locations in July and August. Attendees will enjoy a variety of wines paired with chef-prepared gourmet sliders and truffle fries.

The menu includes six different wines and three types of sliders. The event takes place from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. daily, and tickets cost $44.

Dates and locations of the event:

  • Friday, July 19 at Landon Winery Wylie (103 N. Ballard Ave.)
  • Saturday, July 20 at Landon Winery McKinney (101 N. Kentucky St.)
  • Tuesday, July 23 at Landon Winery Coppell (3121 Olympus Blvd., Suite 130)
  • Thursday, July 25 at Landon Winery Grapevine (415 S. Main St.)
  • Saturday, July 27 at Landon Winery Greenville (2508 Lee St.)
  • Saturday, August 3rd at Landon Winery Denison (318 W. Main St.)

Ferragosto is a national holiday in Italy, often celebrated by going to the beach. Although North Texas doesn’t have a beach, Lamberti’s Ristorante and Wine Bar in Irving celebrates Ferragosto with a tasting of all things Italian.

The event includes wine tastings from all 20 Italian regions. Free small snacks are available throughout the day. There will also be a children’s area with face painting, sidewalk chalk and the traditional Ferragosto delicacy, watermelon.

Lamberti’s Celebration will be held Saturday, August 17 from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are $35, and each adult admission includes admission for two children. Address: 7701 N. MacArthur Blvd.

Say goodbye to summer at GrapeFest, the largest wine festival in the American Southwest. The four-day celebration includes live music, kids’ activities and, of course, a variety of wines. It will take place September 12-15 in downtown Grapevine.

Attendees 21 and older can vote for their favorite Texas wine in the People’s Choice contest and explore flavors from around the world at the International Wine Expo. Those who want to get their feet dirty can try to squeeze the most grape juice for a chance to win the championship. In between events, the whole family can enjoy games and rides on the carousel.

Tickets are on sale now. Single-day passes are $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 12. Children under 5 are free. Those planning to attend the entire weekend can purchase a $20 pass for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Admission to the festival is free throughout Thursday, September 12, and until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 13.