Laughter, tinkling glasses and the chords of Eastern European music rings harmoniously with the scent of barbecue wafting through the countryside. The swirl of embroidered skirts blur against a backdrop of jewel-toned vineyards as lively feet plunge into ripened grapes, bursting with juice. These are the sensory delights of the Harvest Festival at Opolo Vineyards, where an entire year’s work is celebrated in autumn.
Harvest Festival Fun and Food
At Opolo Vineyards, October is synonymous with the Harvest Festival, when folks from all over the country gather to celebrate the season in traditional Serbian style. From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, October 19-20, guests can partake in a mouthwatering array of delicious food paired with Opolo wines.
The Harvest Festival takes place over the three-day Harvest Festival Weekend, which includes a Survivor Brunch on Sunday. More Opolo Vineyard cuisine features fire-roasted breakfast pizza, burritos and mimosas from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Among the delectable foods that will be served at the Harvest Festival are oysters, roasted lamb and sarma, a savory, slow-simmered dish, made of meats, sauerkraut, cabbage and rice. Another Opolo mainstay will on this year’s menu is ćevapi, a traditional dish made with grilled with pork, beef and lamb sausage.
The Morava Folklore Ensemble will arrive from San Diego to celebrate the rich, cultural heritage in Serbian and Balkan heritage in traditional dance. Since 1987, Morava has performed on the international stage throughout the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, and throughout the United States.
The Kirin Gornick Band will be armed with tamburica guitars, and accordion, and a standup bass to rock the vineyard. This rollicking ensemble joins traditional Eastern European tambura music with Chicago sass to deliver cross-cultural enjoyment and audience interaction with listeners from all backgrounds.
For tickets, call early (805)238-9593 Guests who are visiting Paso Robles are encouraged to book lodging and transportation in advance to for ease of arrival.
Opolo Vineyards is located at 7110 Vineyard Drive in Paso Robles. Harvest Festival tickets: $100 for members and $120 for non-members. Please, no pets, infants or guests under 21. Call (805) 238-9593 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opolo Tasting Room
Whether you enjoy a Classic Flight of wines, tour and tastings, or sip by the glass in the Opolo Tasting Room, their single varietal wines and blended wines provide something memorable for every palate, daily from 10am to 5pm.
Wine and Cheese Pairing with tastes of five wines and harmoniously delectable cheeses are served tableside. Make your reservations online or by phone for 11am, 12pm, 1pm, or 2pm. Cost: $15/members and
Estate Tour & Tasting provides a 90-minute firsthand look at both Eastside and Westside parcels of Opolo Vineyards. As you soak up the scenery among the vines and inhale palatial views from the hilltop, discover where your favorite wines are born and a side-by-side comparison of Opolo Cabernet Sauvignon and Opolo’s meritage
wine, Reserve Rhapsody, paired with cheese and charcuterie.
Cost: $30/members and $40/non-members. For large group tastings between eight and 20 people, please call for reservations.
Pairings on the Patio from 11am to 4pm are a big hit at Opolo Vineyards. Nosh on freshly-baked pizza from Opolo’s outdoor oven while enjoying Opolo wines. Homemade Italian sausage pizza, classic Margherita pizza, Pizza Buono with white sauce, and the Chef’s Special rotating artisan pizza are among the offerings. Check out their artisan cheese platters, sausage platters, combo platters and salads, too.
The Distillery at Opolo
Grappa from Opolo’s estate-grown Muscat Blanc and William’s Pear Brandy, distilled from Northern California Bartlett pears in a Nocino walnut-based liqueur are available for purchase in the Tasting Room.