Hundreds gather for the return of the La Viña Wine Festival

EL PASO, Texas — Hundreds of people gathered at the La Vina Spring Wine Fest this weekend to enjoy live music, local arts and crafts vendors.

The festival was spread over 2 acres of land at the La Vina winery.

It hosted 70 arts and crafts merchants, as well as food vendors.

There were 20 wines available here for tasting and purchase.

Adult admission to the festival was $20 and included a souvenir glass and 6 wine samples.

ABC-7 spoke with Ken Stark, owner of La Vina Winery, who said this is the first time the festival has opened since the pandemic began.

“We are very excited, half of our business goes to events like this, as well as other events like weddings that sort of thing, all year round, so half of our business is the test room and the other half is events, so basically we were closed for a year and a half, so we were very happy to be back,” Stark said.

The festival-goers were also delighted to see him again.

“It’s really good, I mean I used to come to the wine festival every year and enjoy it, but it was kind of sad that I couldn’t do it for a few years,” Monica Zamora said.

“The atmosphere is wonderful, lots of shade, lots of seating, the wine here is wonderful, I think that’s a good thing and they should keep doing it,” Troy Schlehuser said.

Stark said the festival would return in the fall.

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