“Urban Exposure,” LA’s First Garagiste Wine Festival: 40 winemakers, 7/12, Union Station!

Garagiste Events, producers of The Garagiste Festivals, today announced Urban Exposure, the first-ever Garagiste Festival to be held in Los Angeles, featuring over 40 artisan winemakers pouring over 100 wines on July 12 at historic Union Station. Proceeds from the non-profit festival will benefit Mending Kids International and the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture program. Tickets available now and going fast at www.garagistefestival.com.


The Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure will feature many of the best hard-to-find winemakers of the American garagiste movement in California, including winemakers from Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez and SLO counties, Paso Robles and as far away as Monterey and Sonoma counties. Winemakers pouring at the festival also include a local note, as nearly a dozen Los Angeles area resident ‘garagistes,’ who source their grapes and produce their wines on the Central Coast, will be showcasing their wines.


“Since 2011, the heart of the American garagiste movement has been beating in the Central Coast of California, and thousands of wine lovers have travelled to our festivals in Paso Robles and Solvang to discover hundreds of extraordinary small-lot, commercial ‘garagiste’ winemakers handcrafting innovative and high quality wines,” said Garagiste Festival Co-founder Stewart McLennan. “Today, we are thrilled to announce we are bringing those vintners, and others from across California, along with their exceptional wines, to LA in a summer wine festival unlike any other this city has seen. And what could be more fitting than featuring these beautifully handcrafted wines in the beautifully handcrafted historic and architectural gem that is Union Station?”

The Garagiste Festivals, which first exposed the American garagiste** movement, are considered among the most unique and influential wine events in the US (named one of the ‘Top Nine Incredible Epicurean Vacations’ in the world by ABC News and a ‘not to miss’ event by the LA Times). They are the only wine events that exclusively showcase high-quality, cutting-edge, micro-production commercial wineries that produce fewer than 1,500 cases (and many under 800) a year. The Garagiste Festivals are known for offering remarkable and rare wine discoveries and the opportunity to taste directly with the winemakers, as well as for interesting venues and a relaxed, intimate, fun and ‘no-snobs-allowed’ atmosphere.


Urban Exposure takes place in the historic ticket concourse of Union Station, (which has just celebrated its 75th anniversary) a local and national monument. It is in the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1939 and widely regarded as “the last of the great train stations,” Union Station is designed in a unique blend of Spanish Colonial, Mission Revival and Art Deco styles.

Garagistes (gar-uh-zhe-stuh) is a term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers, sometimes working in their “garages” (anything considered not a chateau), who refused to follow the “rules,” and is now a full-fledged movement responsible for making some of the best wine in the world.


Bread, cheese & charcuterie will be provided throughout the tasting by our friends from Wood & Vine. This is meant to enhance the tasting experience but does not constitute a full meal. If you need something more substantial….

Nothing goes better with wine than cheese. The Grilled Cheese Truck will be on site and pairing their delicious sandwiches with our amazing wines. Chef is even crafting some signature, only-for-garagiste melts. So buy your lunch off the truck and enjoy it with your favorite new wine find.

The TRAXX Bar, located directly across from the Tasting Area, is open for lunch at 11:30am for those who would like to enjoy more of the Union Station experience. There is also a Subway and Starbucks nearby inside the Station as well.

Proceeds from the non-profit festival will benefit Mending Kids International and the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture program

Event: Urban Exposure

Date: July 12

PREMIUM ACCESS is from 1-5pm

GENERAL ACCESS is from 2-5pm

Location: Union Station Ticket Concourse
800 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles CA 90012

Information about event: http://www.garagistefestival.com/

Tickets: http://www.garagistefestival.com/

$65 for general access; $80.00 for premium access (which may be gone by this time!)


There is a fair amount of parking at and around Union Station, but we hope you’ll take advantage of the ease of the Metro if convenient for you. The general range for parking is $5-$14 for the event time period in the surrounding area.

The Metrolink Gateway Lot at 1 Gateway Plaza (off of East Cesar Chavez Avenue and N. Vignes Streets) is always $6 and brings you through the Metro Rail Building to Union Station. It is a bit of a walk, but still directly connected to the Station. Just follow the signs to BUSWAY / ALAMEDA.

To find additional lot / pricing options, please CLICK HERE. (check around on the couple of pages there)

All ticket sales are FINAL and non-refundable, but they are transferable…as long as that person is of legal drinking age.
NO ONE – including your cute baby – under the age of 21 will be admitted to the Festival.
That includes Designated Drivers.
No animals allowed except for service dogs.
You must present your ticket and a photo ID to gain admittance.

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