2013 Merlot Release Party

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Date(s) - 09/14/2013
1:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Vineyard at Hershey

Merlot Release PartySaturday, September 14, 2013.
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Vineyard at Hershey’s signature event is the annual Merlot Release Party. This is THE event of the year in the Hershey-Harrisburg region and is sponsored by Members 1st Federal Credit Union. We invite you to celebrate L. Paul Vezzetti’s favorite wine, his Merlot, in true fashion with The Vineyard at Hershey: live music, a pig roast (separate Pig Roast ticket required–sold out), a bonfire and a grand entrance with the first bottle – that’s how we roll!

Oh, and you do not think we would leave out the beer, did you?  The Brewery at Hershey will launch its Flash Gourd’n in true Vineyard style!  Just wait until you see how Merlot Mike, and brewmaster Ryan DeLutis, brings in the beer.

Gates Open—11:00 am

The day gets started at 12:00 with Ryan Jefferies hitting the stage and the craft vendors opening for business.

From 11:30 – 4:00, taste our award-winning wines and craft beers in our Production Center.

At 12:45, Merlot Mike and winemaker L. Paul Vezzetti will get the party started by delivering the first case of Merlot in with a grand entrance!  Then, from 1:00 – 2:00, enjoy special tastings of our wines with Paul in the Production Center.

At 1:45, Mike and brewmaster Ryan DeLutis will deliver the first kegs of Flash Gourd’n.  Then from 2:00-3:00, enjoy tastings of the beers in the Production Center!

From 2:00 – 5:00, The Wave will take the Pond Stage as you enjoy the smooth sounds of their funk and jazz.

From 5:00 – 6:00, for those with the All-Access Ticket, grab your plates for our famous pig roast and 2 side dishes.  Note: Pig Roast All-Access tickets are sold-out.  There will be plenty of food trucks to buy your favorite foods for dinner, though!

And, at 6:00, All Jacked Up hits the stage with all of the rock hits you know and love and at 9:00 we will close the evening with a bonfire that will be seen from outer space!

All-Access Pig Roast Tickets

All-access tickets with the pig roast tickets are sold out.  However, there will be plenty of great food offerings that day for purchase.  The only way to get tickets with the Pig Roast at this time is through the special Premiere 1 package: details here.

General Admission Tickets

Tickets are $15 per person in advance and $20 at the door.  The General Admission ticket includes access to the grounds, wine tasting, and musical performances.  The General Admission ticket does not include access to the Pig Roast or bottle of Merlot.

If you’re looking for an alternative to driving yourselves, look no further than Premiere 1 Limousine.  Arrive in style in with a special package deal; details here.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

Important Notes

1.  Because we anticipate more than 2,000 people, we strongly encourage you to arrive early to park, setup your spot in the vineyard (do not forget chairs, tables, and snacks) and head up to the Production Center to sample our hand-crafted wines before the party begins.

2.  All attendees must be 21 or older to attend the Merlot Release Party.  No children are allowed.

3.  While you can bring outside food, no outside beverages are permitted on the property. Materials will be inspected prior to admission.




This event is fully booked.