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Each June, the Wine Garden becomes home to the medal winning wines from the Annual North of the Gate Wine Competition. This allows guests of the Sonoma-Marin Fair the opportunity to taste these medal winning wines while taking a relaxing break in the Wine Garden on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. This tranquil environment, near the Petaluma Stage will be a favorite spot for many come those warm summertime afternoons.

The mission of the North of the Gate Wine Competition is to promote and highlight the world-class wineries of Northern California. Wines entered in this competition highlight the uniqueness of the region between the Golden Gate Bridge and the Oregon border while the winners represent world renowned wines produced by farmers and winery professionals that call this bountiful landscape home.


About the Wine Garden: The Wine Garden may be one of the best-kept secrets on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. A quaint, quiet area with seating, a pond with waterfall and perfect shade for sunny afternoons. This area is located stage right from the Petaluma Stage on the Fairgrounds and open from 12 – 9 pm daily during the Sonoma-Marin Fair. Come to the space to relax, find some relaxation and of course taste our award winning wines from the North of the Gate Wine Competition.

Tasting Hours:

Wednesday, June 21st: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Thursday, June 22nd: 3:00 – 9:00 pm
Friday, June 23rd: 3:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday, June 24th: Taste of the North Gate Wine Tasting, 4:00 – 8: 00 pm
Sunday, June 25th: 3:00 – 7:00 pm

Tickets are $10 which includes 3 Wine tastes and a Commemorative Glass.
Additional Wine tastes can be purchase for $3.00 ea.

Pouring by Wineries:

While the hours above indicate all of the hours where you can enjoy delectable tastes of medal winning wines, we will also have guest wineries pour their wines in the wine garden on Thursday and Friday evenings of the Sonoma-Marin Fair. As wineries commit to pouring, we will update that information here.

Thursday Wineries: TBD
Friday Wineries TBD:

1st Annual Taste of the North Gate:

On Saturday, June 24th from 4-8PM come and enjoy a special Taste of the North Gate. We will feature wines earning the highest of honors at the 2017 North of the Gate Wine Competition while also offering guests the opportunity to taste local bites of dessert, cheese and treats.

Check back close to the fair for a list of participating wineries and local businesses.

Tickets are $15 and include 3 Wine tastes, a Commemorative Glass and unlimited food tastes. Additional Wine tastes can be purchase for $3.00 ea.

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