KILLINGTON-Attendees at Saturdays Grand Tasting, had their
choice of over 350 different wines to sample. No wonder the
Killington Wine Festival is a popular event- and growing.
This year, saw 20 percent growth over last year in ticket sales
to the Grand Tasting, the festival's signature event, said Jillian
Bourgholtzer, business and communications manager for the
Killington Chamber of Commerce. "There were over 700 people in
attendance Saturday," she said. "We were very pleased with the
Festivities ran from Friday, July 20 to Sunday, July 22. The
Estate Wine Tasting, which sold out early, kicked off the event
Friday evening followed by the all new Killington Wine Trail where
12 restaurant on Killington Road showcased a special wine or ran
food and wine pairings. The Grand Tasting started at 1 p.m.
Saturday, with VIP access an hour early.
"The VIP pass was definitely worth it," said Alicia Thibeault, a
visitor returning for this years festival with her fiance. "The
first hour in the tents was our favorite part. There were no crowds
and you had the full attention of the distributors."
VIP tickets to the Grand Tasting and Patron Tickets, which
granted access to the Estate Tasting as well as VIP entrance to the
Grand Tastings, were up significantly over last year. 80 Patron
tickets were sold compared with 30 in 2011, the first year they
"We were very pleased with the event overall," said Bourgholtzer,
"everyone seemed to have a good time and we've heard great feedback
from attendees, vendors and our local business. We look forward to
growing the Wine Festival in the years to come."