Thursday, 13 June 2024

Fifth-annual Festival of Tulips celebrates wine and the beauty of tulips

NICE – The fifth-annual Festival of Tulips will be held March 28, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Tulip Hill Winery in Nice.


The event will feature wine, food, and entertainment set amid the winery’s gardens that bloom each year with more than 30,000 tulips imported from Holland.


Admission to the Festival of Tulips includes a Tulip Hill wine glass for unlimited tastings, sumptuous hors d’oeuvres from the Blue Wing Saloon & Café paired with red and white wines, desserts from

Angelina’s Bakery paired with dessert wines, live blues music provided by Bill Noteman and the Rockets, winery tours, barrel tasting and more.


During the event, tours of the winery will include the crush pad, the cellar, the bottling room, and everywhere in between. Special deals on wine and wine-related products will be offered during the festival.


Tulip Hill Winery opened in 2004 on the site where the Bartlett Springs Water Bottling Plant once operated. The first owners of Bartlett Springs began bottling mineral water as early as the 1870s, claiming the water cured many ailments.


Revered in Europe as well as the United States, the famous plant, which drew thousands of tourists to Lake County in the 1800s, had changed hands over the years, and closed down in the late 20th century. It wasn’t until the Brown family arrived that the historic site would once again have a purpose – this time for the production of wine.


In addition to its winery and tasting room in Nice, Tulip Hill Winery operates a second tasting room in Rancho Mirage, near Palm Springs in Southern California.


Tickets to the Festival of Tulips are $25 per person per day in advance and may be purchased online; or $30 at the door. Tulip Hill Winery is located at 4900 Bartlett Springs Road, Nice.


For more information, call 274-9373 or visit www.tuliphillwinery.com.


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