Raise your glasses and join us as we uncork the can’t miss wine festival of the season! Breckenridge Wine Classic is your chance to grow your knowledge and enjoy top quality food and wines from vineyards around the world. Master sommeliers, chefs and winemakers invite the public to play, wine and dine during the height of Breckenridge’s fall colors. The event combines a grand tasting in the historic Arts District, seminars and demos with town’s outdoor adventures to create a weekend of fine food and foliage.
- Grand Tasting
- Wine & Dinner Pairings
- Wine Seminars
- Après and Adventure Pairings
2017 EVENT SCHEDULE
Thursday, September 13
Farm to ForkWine Dinner
Thursday, September 13 | 6:00pm
Location: TenMile Station
A celebration of local food and fine wine! Experience an artfully crafted five-course meal and wine pairing evening with equally breathtaking mountainside panoramic views. Each course thoughtfully prepared by the talented culinary imagination of Executive Chef Steve Arndt and his culinary team. The wine will be expertly selected and paired by Master Sommeliers.
Friday, September 14
Emerging Stars: Looking Beyond Napa and Bordeaux
Friday, September 14 | 12:00pm
Classic regions like Napa and Bordeaux have ruled the new world and old world spectrum for years, but new stars are emerging in 2017 as wine enthusiasts look to expand their horizons and venture into new lands. Portugal, Austria, South Africa, and Australia are all open for exploration. Join this unique luncheon with the Executive Chef of Hearthstone Restaurant, Master Sommelier Sean Razee, and Shelley Sale of Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits of Colorado Fine Wine Division. And see which countries will show up!
Mamma Mia! Italian Immersion Luncheon
Friday, September 15 | 1:00pm
Location: Sauce on the Maggie
Savor hand-picked wine selections and a paired menu inspired by Italy. Join Brooke Smith of WineSellers and the Executive Chef of Sauce on the Maggie, as they share with you sensational small plates in a variety of preparations, each expertly paired with Italian wines. Explore the depth of Italian wines and cuisine in the heart of Breckenridge at this delicious luncheon.
Friday, September 15 | 3:00pm
Location: Various Locations on Main Street
A new addition to the Classic, Stroll Breckenridge takes patrons on a tour of historic Main Street highlighting the art galleries and historical landmarks of this picturesque ski town. Each Stroll stop presents a different selection of wines, beers, or spirits, allowing patrons to acquaint themselves with a variety of enchanting establishments that Breckenridge has to offer.
Take a little extra time in-between stops and visit our merchants on Main Street as they present a uniquely crafted concept to shopping. Look for the Red and White balloons for artisan demos and great deals.
Best of the Fest
Friday, September 15 | 7:30pm
Location: The Maggie at Breckenridge Resort
Raise your glass and join a select group of wineries as they present their best of show in this intimate tasting experience. Set at the Maggie at the base of the mountain, this NEW event selects the gems in participating wineries portfolios for you to sip, swirl, and savor. Only 90+ point ratings, reserve bottles, and high price points will make the cut in this unique tasting opportunity. Our friends at Breckenridge Resorts, will be on hand offering their delectable charcuterie to accompany these fine wines and prep you for your next unforgettable tasting. Limited tickets available.
From our Friends at Domus Pacis
Friday, September 15 | 7:30pm
7:30PM, River Walk Center
Domus Pacis Family Respite encourages cancer patients, their families and friends to escape to the beauty of the mountains and experience the peace that comes from creating joyful memories for the people they most cherish.
The Domus Pacis Family Respite, a Breckenridge, Colorado-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has the potential to make a difference in the lives of numerous families every year. their goal is to conquer the logistical hurdles necessary to bring a family, including the member experiencing a traumatic illness, together.
Saturday, September 15
Pinot Passport Hike
Saturday, September 15 | 10am
Details & TicketsHit the trails with the Breckenridge Wine Classic in a guided tour that explores the breathtaking backcountry of Breckenridge along Burro Trail on Peak 9. After you take in the panoramic views of the Tenmile Range and Resort, enjoy a delicious wine paired lunch at the base of the mountain. Alex Wright, of V2 Wine Group, will lead your next tour with an introduction to the nuanced nature of Pinot Noir from key regions across the globe. Explore the expressions of the Pinot Noir varietal from the territory of Burgundy, California, Oregon and New Zealand.
This hike is approximately 2 miles long. Please allow up to three hours for the hike and seminar.
All That Sparkles Luncheon
Saturday, September 16 | 12:30pm
More Info: Age 21+ | Indoor | Lunch & Tasting | Wine
Champagne may still be the finest sparkling in the world, but other regions have made an impressive step toward closing that gap. Cremants from Alsace, Italian Prosecco, Sparkling from California, and Spanish Cavas – join William Davis, CWE, CSS, AIWS, Advanced Sommelier, as he takes you on a worldly tour of different sparkling wines. The culinary team from Giampietros will create sensational small plates in a variety of nontraditional ‘surf and turf’ preparations – prosecco with prosciutto, tuna tartare with a rose sparkling. William will provide a holistic understanding of how sparkling was and is paired with pretty much everything around the world.
If the wine matters, so does the glass
Saturday, September 16 | 11am
Time: 11:00am – 12:15pm
Location: Community Center
Riedel and the Breckenridge Wine Classic come together to offer guests a unique and authentic experience – Riedel Comparative Wine Glass Workshop. To showcase wine in its finest form, Riedel’s varietal-specific glasses enhance the aromas and taste components, while finding a wine’s maximum complexity by featuring the best possible harmony. When all these elements are in place, the glass becomes the wine’s ‘loudspeaker,’ transmitting the message of the beverage to the human senses. Discover the effect of shape and size on the perception of wine in a glass & wine tasting tutorial. Guests will enjoy tasting four different varietals and the stemware best suited for each. Guests who attend this seminar receive Riedel Veritas Tasting Kit with four glasses (suggested retail of $119) to take home. This is an experience that a true wine lover should not miss!
VIP – The Grand Tasting
Saturday, September 16 | 2pm
Location: Riverwalk Center
Receive celebrity treatment to this year’s Grand Tasting with a VIP pass. Skip the lines with this exclusive pass and enjoy one full hour of early access to wines and gourmet food without the crowds. Sniff, swirl and taste your favorite wines and cocktails in advance of general admission. This VIP tasting will begin at 2:00pm with limited tickets available to maintain exclusivity. Located in the heart of Breckenridge at the Riverwalk Center, prepare for a unique sensory immersion at the grand finale of the weekend.
The Grand Tasting
Saturday, September 16 | 3pm
Location: Riverwalk Center
Don’t miss the grand finale and largest gathering of the weekend! The Grand Tasting culminates with an impressive selection of hundreds of domestic and international wines, premium craft beer and spirits, gourmet local food purveyors, and live music. Located in the heart of Breckenridge at the Riverwalk Center, prepare for a unique sensory immersion.
Sunday, September 16
Sunday, September 16 | 10am
Time: 10:00am – Noon
Rise and shine with this refreshing hike and brunch with Elevation Brewery. The scenic route begins from Beaver Run and winds the trails around Peak 9 as you take in the breathtaking views and the fall colors. Relax and unwind after the hike with brunch. Elevation Brewery will be serving some creative breakfast beers, beermosa’s, and beer cocktails. What better way to round out the weekend than with beer and bacon? Please allow up to two hours for the seminar.
Hair of the Dog Fat Bike Ride
Sunday, September 17 | 10am
Sweat out those toxins and gear for this unique event. Led by local bike enthusiasts from Ridden, riders will embark on a fat tire bike tour through scenic Breckenridge. Never been on a fat bike? Let us tell you – you’re missing out! Ridden will provide the fat bikes and an experience like no other! Enjoy a delicious brunch following the ride and some creative breakfast beers, beermosa’s, and beer cocktails from Elevation Brewery. A great end to an indulgent weekend.
Shop Breckenridge all weekend
Friday, September 15th | 10am- 6pm
Saturday, September 16th | 10am – 6pm
Sunday, September 17th | 11am – 5pm
Take a little extra time in-between events and visit our merchants on Main Street as they present a uniquely crafted concept to shopping. Look for the red and white balloons for artisan demos and great deals.