Friday, June 17 - Sunday, June 19, 2016
GAY WINE WEEKEND
Gay Wine Weekend has been awarded LGBT "Event Of The Year 2015" Editor's Choice Award for Best In Travel by #1 LGBT Digital Travel Magazine, ManAboutWorld!
Get Out In The Vineyard at GAY WINE WEEKEND 2016, June 17 - 19 for a weekend of wine & celebration in California Wine Country - Featuring TWILIGHT T Dance & Gay Wine Auction benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network.
Enjoy 3 Full Days of LGBT events in Northern California's magnificent Sonoma Valley - home to some of the world's most prestigious wines and wineries. Celebrate with world class wine and culinary delights, music and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP Receptions, wine tasting excursions, champagne brunch, wine auction and pool party in one of the most famous luxury wine destinations in the world.
Located only 45 minutes north of San Francisco it is truly an amazingly breathtaking place to gather and show your Pride, Out In The Vineyard.
Friday, June 17th
VIP Welcome Reception 3:00 - 6:00pm & Wine Tasting
Exclusive to Gay Wine Weekend guests staying at the luxurious host hotel & VIP Pass holders have exclusive access to this year's VIP Reception & wine tasting at Gay Wine Weekend's Official Host Hotel.
Wine & Dine OUT in Sonoma – 7:30pm
We are proud to present exclusive winemaker dinners for Gay Wine Weekend with some of wine country's most talented winemakers. Last year's winemaker dinners sold out quickly so we recommend you book early for your intimate winemaker dinners at restaurants in the heart of Sonoma Valley & around the historic Sonoma Plaza!
Enjoy an intimate evening, dining with the winemakers themselves, who pair their wines with the culinary delights from five of Sonoma's top restaurants. Seating is extremely limited to these intimate evenings.
Participating restaurants and winermakers announced soon! Check back often or join our mail list and be the first to know when tickets go on sale.
The Midnight Sun Pop-Up Video Bar on Sonoma Square - 9:30pm - No Cover
From The Heart of The Castro to the Heart of Wine Country, San Francisco's iconic video bar, Midnight Sun, rises on the historic Sonoma Plaze for opening night of Gay Wine Weekend!
ALL are welcome to join us at B&V Whiskey Bar & Grille for our kick off celebration!
Opened February 12, 1971, Midnight Sun is the nation’s premiere video bar located and THE place to be on a Friday night in San Francisco's legendary Castro Neighborhood - and, for one night only, on Sonoma's legendary square!
No host bar. No cover. 9:30pm to close.
Saturday, June 18th
Out In The Vineyard Wine Tours & Lunch - 10am - 3pm
Join one of our exclusive wine tasting tours to some of the best producers in Sonoma, Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys. Departing from host hotel, MacArthur Place, you'll venture to amazing wineries for intimate wine tasting and a box lunch Out In The Vineyard, courtesy of The Girl & The Fig Caters!
Saturday, June 18th
TWILIGHT T-DANCE at Chateau St. Jean
This year Sonoma's legenday winery hosts our benefit for Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network
VIP Reception 5:00pm - 7:00pm/T Dance 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Imagine dancing into Twilight in the vineyards at Sonoma's iconic Chateau St. Jean Winery, located in the heart of Sonoma Valley!
Don't miss this incredible night Out In The Vineyard.
Sunday, June 19th
GAY WINE AUCTION & RECOVERY BRUNCH - 10:00AM
100% of the monies raised benefit Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network
Start your perfect Sunday in Wine Country as you enjoy a scrumptious buffet brunch & then get ready to bid as we raise much needed funds for Face to Face Sonoma County AIDS Network with some amazing wines, winery tours and visits up for auction. This promises to be quite a good time as a bidding war amongst us gays could get pretty ugly…..too much fun to miss!
Sunday Pool Soiree - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Spend Sunday Sonoma Style, with a chill afternoon poolside and enjoy the final afternoon of Gay Wine Weekend, lounging and soaking in the warm Sonoma Sun until departure - or extend your stay and keep Gay Wine Weekend going!
SAVE $100 per person with our VIP BLIND TASTING PASSES when you purchase your weekend passes now!
This year we're releasing a LIMTED NUMBER of Advance Purchase VIP BLIND TASTING PASSES as we finalize our schedule with the best wineries, winemakers, restaurants and tours wine country has to offer.
You get the same access as our standars VIP Party Pass and save $100 by booking Gay Wine Weekend 2016 in advance!
VIP Welcome Reception - EXCLUSIVE to VIP Pass Holders & Host Hotel Guests LGBT Business Expo & Wine Tasting Twilight T-Dance VIP Reception Twilight T-Dance Apres T After Party Big Gay Wine Auction & Recover Brunch Sunday Pool Soiree
VIP BLIND TASTING PASS - $395 (Reg VIP Party Pass $495)
(winemaker dinners & winery tours sold separately)
This is a very exclusive and limited VIP offer.
Get your Advance Purchase VIP BLIND TASTING PASS NOW & SAVE $100 per person!
This year we are releasing a LIMITED number of Advance Purchase VIP BLIND TASTING PASSES as we finalize our schedule with the best wineries, winemakers, restaurants and tours wine country has to offer.
You get the same access as our standard VIP Party Pass and save $100 by booking Gay Wine Weekend 2016 in advance.
Advance Purchase VIP Blind Tasting Pass $395 - (Reg $495)
Official Host Hotel
MacArthur Place Inn & Spa
Sonoma's fabulous MacArthur Place Hotel & Spa returns as our host hotel for 2016 and we're taking over the entire luxury wine country resort!
MacArthur Place is offering special Gay Wine Weekend Rates, starting at just $299 per room! Unheard of! Standard rates start at $425! THAT'S A $129 SAVINGS PER NIGHT! 2 night minimum required on all rooms.
Come early or extend your stay! Reserve and stay 3 nights or more and receive a $100 credit per room at the Garden Spa!
Media & In-Kind Sponsors
COLT Studio Group
Become A Sponsor!
Gay Wine Weekend is becoming an annual event destination for wine lovers in the LGBT community.
- Wine collectors and appreciators
- 600 participants, 80% male, 20% female, average age 35-55 years old
- Highly educated, High Household Income $150k+
- Upper managment & executive level business professionals
- Primary target draws from Major Metropolitan SF Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles & San Diego
- Secondary target draws from multiple US & International Metropolitan Areas with 30% of attendees in 2013 from outside California
Download our sponsorship information kit to learn how you can connect with the LGBT Market Influencers.
This year we're offering a limited numer of vendor booths at our host hotel. Showcase your goods and services to members of the $750 million LGBT consumer market.
Expo Participants Receive:
- Listed as Gay Wine Weekend Participant online and in collateral material
- Exclusive table at the vendor hall at host hotel
- Showcase your product and/or service.
- Ability to feature banners and distribute marketing material
- Sign up wine club members for wineries.
- Collect email address and build a lead list.
- 2 VIP event passes (additional passes provided on request, when available)
$500 for 3 days.