At the Naples Winter Wine Festival, bidding at the live wine auction is always lively. / Courtesy of Naples Winter Wine Festival

Twenty wine festivals nationwide — three in Florida — are competing to be named to the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice 2018 list of wine fests. To see the complete list of 20, visit www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-wine-festival/leaderboard.

As USA Today‘s website explains, “There’s a reason Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, is often depicted as quite the partier. Wine makes a good festival even better. 10Best teamed up with a panel of wine-industry experts to find the best wine-centric celebrations in the U.S.


“Now we’re asking you to choose the winner by voting for your favorite, once per day, until voting ends on Monday, Aug. 20, at noon (Eastern time). The winning festivals will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, Aug. 31.” (To read the official Readers’ Choice rules, visit www.10best.com/legal/awards/rules.)

Top 3 wine fests in Florida

In Alys Beach, the 30A Wine Festival is a four-day celebration benefiting the Children’s Volunteer Health Network. Activities include a wine dinner, a barbecue, tasting seminars, brunch, and a croquet tournament. Alys Beach is about 15 miles northwest of Panama City Beach in the Panhandle. (For festival information, visit www.30awinefestival.com.)

The 30A Wine Festival in Alys Beach benefits the Children’s Volunteer Health Network. Activities include a wine dinner, a barbecue, tasting seminars, brunch, and a croquet tournament. / Courtesy of 30A Wine Festival

In Miami, Seed Food & Wine Week is a celebration of the plant-based-foods movement. This five-day event held in Miami-Dade County features 200 exhibitors, 40 plant-based chefs, celebrity speakers, dinners, tastings and parties. (For festival info, visit www.seedfoodandwine.com.)

The “Mississippi Vegan,” also known as Timothy Pakron, will speak in November at Seed Food & Wine Week. / Courtesy of Seed Food & Wine Week

In Naples, on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida, the Naples Winter Wine Festival benefits the Naples Children & Education Foundation. This three-day event includes vintners’ dinners, a wine auction and a celebration brunch. (For festival info, visit www.napleswinefestival.com.)