Our History

Our history encompasses many cultures and ethnicities, but our primary history involves Spanish exploration and colonization. When Pedro Menéndez and the first 800 European settlers landed on our shore 450 years ago, his ships carried survival provisions. Among his most treasured stores was Spanish wine.

Spain has cultivated wine grapes for more than 4,000 years. The Romans fell in love with Spanish wine and exported it throughout the Roman Empire. Spanish wine is the most popular wine in Europe and the fastest-growing segment of the American wine market. St. Augustine’s Spanish Wine Festival is an opportunity to promote our City regionally, nationally and internationally, to help local charities, and connect with our founders through a product that is as good today as it was when the early Spanish explorers came to America.

Wine defies space and time. The festival and all of its events are designed to make St. Augustine the Spanish Wine Capitol of America, to make Spanish wine available at every local restaurant and market, and to facilitate historical-destination tourism.

It's Not About Wine.
It's About People. 

The St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival--It’s not about wine! It’s about people.

Sure, Spanish wine is considered among the best wine values in the world, but the St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival is so much more than tasting wine. Now in its sixth year, here’s what makes the difference.

There’s a certain positive energy that comes with meeting Spanish wine experts and learning about Spanish culture. Interested people are interesting people, and when you create a gathering of interesting people, wonderful things can and do happen. Each year, people meet at festival events and become lifelong friends. If that sounds romantic, it is.

People travel from all over the world to attend. Patrons come from as far away as Washington State and California, from South America and many countries in Europe. Visiting America’s Oldest City is always attractive, but meeting other curious people from around the world makes the St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival unlike any other local event.

Attention to detail. The venues, the music and entertainment, the food, and of course, the excellent Spanish wine combine to make the St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival first class. From the laser-etched commemorative glasses to the friendly hosts who greet every guest, the St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival is a once-a-year, one-of-a-kind series of events.

Every ticket dollar goes to local charities. The festival is produced by volunteers with corporate sponsorship from Wells Fargo Bank. The festival has no employees, takes no shortcuts, and pays no commissions. Every penny is accounted for, and each year the net contribution to St. Johns County charities has grown. In four years, the festival has contributed nearly $250,000 to local charities. 

This is your personal invitation. Spend a long weekend in St. Augustine and St. Johns County. Meet interesting people from around the world. Make a contribution that will make a difference in the lives of those in our community.