Five Music Festivals

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Photo courtesy Wente Vineyards

Featuring performers as varied as indie young guns to Billboard-charting artists, these American wineries organize next-level concerts for music fans and oenophiles alike.

Gundlach Bundschu Winery’s Huichica Music Festival

Pronounced “we-cheek-a,” this five-year-old festival boasts big names in the indie-verse like David Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors and folk group Vetiver. Curated by Jeff Bundschu and Eric D. Johnson, frontman of the Fruit Bats and Shins collaborator, Huichica’s bevy of talent is served up alongside top-flight nosh. While you shimmy along to the music, sip on Gundlach Bundschu’s Gewürztraminer or enjoy bites from Portland’s Bunk Sandwiches and San Francisco-based patisserie Craftsman and Wolves. 

City Winery

Can’t make it to wine country? City Winery offers the next best thing. With locations in New York and Chicago—Nashville and Napa outposts are forthcoming—City Winery’s formula is simple: build a space dedicated to quality wine and gild the lily with live music. Choose from more than 400 wines off the global wine list to enjoy while you watch singer-songwriters like Langhorne Slim, Jill Sobule and Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, or even big names like Los Lonely Boys. 

Robert Mondavi Summer Concerts

Napa Valley heavyweight Robert Mondavi pulls out all the stops for its popular Summer Concert series, now in its 45th year. Before the amps get turned to 11, you’ll be seated at the edge of world-renowned To Kalon Vineyard, dining on a family-style dinner and sipping RM pours beneath the stars. Looking to go a little more casual? Simply relax on the lawn while enjoying A-list acts like k.d. lang, Martina McBride and Josh Groban. Seriously, there’s not a bad seat in the house. 

Vina Robles Winery Amphitheater

This newcomer in the Paso wine scene has already made a name for itself. In 2013—its inaugural season—the 3,300-seat boutique amphitheater drew big names like Bonnie Raitt, Darius Rucker, Peter Frampton, BB King and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Before rocking out, you can enjoy a multicourse meal paired by the glass or bottle from Vina Robles’s estate wines. 

The Concerts at Wente Vineyards

For the last 28 years, Wente Vineyards has hosted stars like Sheryl Crow, Ringo Starr, The Beach Boys and Diana Ross at its natural, spacious amphitheater. While you’re sipping on Wente’s top bottlings and enjoying your sunset-lit, white-tablecloth meal, top-grossing acts take the stage. Rest assured, your wine pairings are on point: fifth-generation winemaker and avid music aficionado Karl Wente won’t steer you wrong. 

The Wine + Music Issue

Published on January 20, 2015
Topics: Music and Wine