Naples Grape Fest turning 20

18 Sep

NAPLES, NY — The 20th annual Naples Grape Festival is looming, with the September 25-26 event expected to once again swell the village’s population from about 1,000 to 100,000.

The village, located in the Bristol Mountains at the south end of Canandaigua Lake, is no newcomer to the world of wine. It has been home to Widmer Wine Cellars since 1888. Widmer was some to Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards several months ago.

The Grape Festival’s high point is the annual competition for honors as the World’s Greatest Grape Pie. The pies, indigenous to this part of the Finger Lakes, were created in the 1950s, credited to longtime local resident Irene Bouchard. Joseph’s Wayside Market sponsors the contest. (Entry details here.)

In addition, 13 wineries will be offering tastes of their wares in the wine tent. Local products from various food producers and craftspersons also will be available, along with live music.

The event is mostly free; a $10 admission fee is charged for entry to the wine tasting tent. The venue is the Naples High School grounds and the Memorial Town Hall across the street. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine.

Participating wineries:

White Springs Farm and Estate Winery
1000 Island Wineries
Arbor Hill
Cascata Winery at The Professor’s Place
Knapp Vineyards
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Eagle Crest Vineyards
Glenora Winery
Atwater Vineyards
Imagine Moore Winery
Miles Wine Cellars
Wagner Vineyards
Hunt Country Vineyards

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Posted by on September 18, 2010 in Festival, Wine, Wineries


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