Saturday, Oct. 13, is the 21st-annual Art Walk and Wine Tasting. The Art Alliance of Idyllwild produces the annual event, which is its largest fundraiser of the year.

This year, walkers will have the opportunity to taste wine from 20 different wineries. This is the largest selection in several years, according to Donna Elliot, AAI president. However, the number of glasses, the tickets to a taste, is again limited to 1,200.

The Art Walk begins at 11 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. The actual wine tastings begin at 2 p.m. Art enthusiasts are encouraged to walk from AAI’s Courtyard Gallery to the galleries on upper North Circle Drive. Of course, with the shuttle available, one could do the reverse and walk downhill.

Art in the Park is planning a special set-up for the walk near the Courtyard on the opposite side of Highway 243. New this year will be the opportunity to view some art at La Casita, as well as Café Aroma. Elliot says new owner Robert Garcia has offered both restaurants as stops on the walk.

The wineries are located throughout Southern California, such as Temecula, Warner Springs, Escondido, Fallbrook, Julian and Idyllwild, Elliot said.

Beneficiaries of the AAI largesse include the Children’s Dance Program at Idyllwild Arts Academy, the Idyllwild School smARTs program and Stratford Players, among several.

Advance ticket purchases for the wine tasting are recommended, especially with the limit of 1,200 glasses. Ticket prices are $45 each with a special price of $40 each for groups of 15 or more. AAI members will be charged $40.

The 20 wineries

Winery & Location

  • Ascension Cellars - Paso Robles
  • Baily Vineyard & Winery - Temecula
  • Bel Vino Winery - Temecula
  • Cordiano Winery - Escondido
  • Danza del Sol Winery - Temecula
  • Falkner Winery - Temecula
  • Foot Path Winery - Temecula     
  • Hart Winery - Temecula
  • La Serenissima Vineyards & Winery - Warner Springs
  • Maurice Car’rie Winery - Temecula
  • Middle Ridge Winery - Idyllwild
  • Miramonte Winery - Temecula
  • Monte De Oro Winery - Temecula
  • Orfila Vineyards & Winery - Escondido
  • PMDL & Company - Riverside & San Bernardino
  • Shadow Mountain Vineyards - Warner Springs
  • South Coast Winery - Temecula
  • Volcan Mountain Winery - Julian
  • Wiens Family Cellars - Temecula
  • Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards - Temecula