A TALE OF TWO WINE FESTIVALS: The story behind the ‘divorce'

Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 03:00 PM.

So, seven years ago, the festival was moved into Baytowne, which was then seen as a larger and downright charming setting to hold a wine festival.

But, Cox says he is ready to grow it further to meet the demand of festival-goers.

“We had more interest than we had space,” he said of last year’s festival.

He added that the new venue of Grand Boulevard will provide the space necessary to bring in more wine enthusiasts, as well as draw in passersby.

“It just has a wonderful facility with 2,500 parking spaces. It’s right on the highway and has great visibility. It’s logistically a much bigger, nicer space,” Cox said.

Last year, the Sandestin Wine Festival sold 3,100 tickets, 2,700 of which were in presales. Due to restrictions of space, the venue could not accommodate every wine enthusiast who wanted to attend.

“We had to turn people away,” said Comtois.

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