Event Schedule



Welcome to America's Grape Country

America’s Grape Country Wine Festival was first established in 2008 by William Merritt owner of Merritt Estate Winery. The festival was started to increase the public’s knowledge about the Concord grape wine industry of the Great Lake Erie. This area is the largest grape growing region east of the Rockies. Grape growers in Chautauqua County produce approximately 65% of New York State’s total annual grape harvest. This was a way to bring wineries, agricultural producers, specialty food vendors and local artisans together to celebrate this regions specialty in grape products and services. This two and half day festival takes place in the heart of the county at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds located in Dunkirk, NY.

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Event Highlights

Parrotheads' Bash Kick Off Party

Join us as we kick off the AGC Wine Festival with our Parrotheads' Bash ~ Wine in Paradise Pre-Party. The pre-view party is FREE to all AGC ticket holders and just $5.00 for the general public to attend from 6 pm to 10 pm. Enjoy live music by Pirate Dreams as we dance the night away!  




Wine & Food Stage

We are excited to welcome back Chef Paul Mach from cable TV show "You're the Chef" and Ed Draves from Prestige Wine & Spirits. Come and learn how to prepare delicious entrees with wine. Chef Paul will prepare different dishes and teach you how to cook with wine.  Ed Draves will be conducting wine demonstrations and will also be assisting Chef Paul.




Classic Car Show

Returning in 2015, the Lakeshore StreetRod Association will be holding our 3rd Annual Wine Festival Classic Car Show Saturday from Noon to 5:00 pm (rain date Sunday)! Call Tom at 716-870-2339 for details. Special admission pricing for drivers and guests.



Dates & Times

Friday, August 7th

Kick Off Party

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm 

Saturday, August 8th   

Wine Festival

  • Noon - 7:00 pm 

After Hours Party

  • 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm 

Sunday, August 9th

Wine Festival

Noon - 5:00 pm 

Participating Vendors

About Our Sponsors

Yancey's Fancy

Wine Glass Sponsor

New York's Artisan Cheese producer for over 60 years.


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Taste NY

New York State Sponsor

Taste NY supports local New York food & beverage industry through tourism and education.


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Community Papers WNY

Taster's Guide Sponsor

Serving 26 local communities by delivering weekly news, sports and events throughout WNY.


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Tim Hortons

Official Coffee Sponsor

Cafe & Bakery chain specializing in always fresh coffee, baked goods and homestyle lunches.


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