Red Mountain's winemakers and growers are offering a chance to experience exclusive vineyard tours and chat with the people behind the grapes and wine at the third annual Red Mountain block party Sept. 27.
But the opportunity is limited to 350 people, and a quarter of the tickets for the 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. event have already been snatched up by those eager for an inside look at Washington's smallest wine grape growing region.
It's a region that has been gaining national and international acclaim, with wines from Red Mountain grapes getting high scores by wine connoisseurs.
Last year, the block party was attended by more than 350 wine lovers, including some who came from New Jersey, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Red Mountain is near Benton City and West Richland, and can be accessed by taking exit 96 from Interstate 82. Then go north on Highway 224, and follow it as it veers sharply to the left. Turn left onto Sunset Road.
The $65 per person ticket allows visitors to sample wines from 20 wineries, speak directly with growers, winemakers and vineyard owners, participate in winemaker talks and go on vineyard walks and hikes.
The block party is timed to be during harvest.
Five of the participants are first-timers to the block party, including Auclair Winery, Henry Earl Estates, and Upchurch Vineyard. There's also Force Majeure, a Woodinville-based winery with Red Mountain vineyards, and Duckhorn Vineyards of St. Helena, Calif., which just planted a 20-acre estate vineyard on Red Mountain.
Wineries and vineyards participating again this year are Ambassador Cellars, Col Solare, Corvus Cellars, Cooper:
A Red Mountain Winery, DeLille Cellars Doyenne/Upchurch Vineyard, Fidelitas Wines, Frichette Winery, Hamilton Cellars Vineyard, Hedges Family Estates, Hightower Cellars, Kiona Vineyard & Winery, MonteScarlatto Vineyards, Native Sun, Tapteil Vineyard Winery and Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard.
An even smaller group will be able to enjoy Red Mountain Rendezvous, exclusive winemaker dinners, with each dinner limited to 10 to 20 guests each, on Sept. 26. Those tickets cost $125 per person.
The block party is being sponsored by Trysk Print Solutions.
To get tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to redmountainblockparty.eventbrite.com.
Block party tickets also come with a special event wine glass.