Santa Ynez Valley wine aficionados will partake in a long-standing tradition of blessing of the grapes at Terravant Wine Co. on Thursday. The event starts at 4 p.m. and kicks off Terravant’s harvesting season.

The winery is celebrating its 10th harvest with the annual blessing of the grapes event. The celebration, held outside Terravant’s winery at 35 Industrial Way in Buellton, historically attracts a who’s who from the Valley’s winemaking community.

The event begins with prayers by local clergy of various denominations. It continues with a Champagne toast, wine and beer tasting and local cuisine. It culminates with an open-to-the-public harvest anniversary party.

Local clerical officials offering blessings at this year’s event include Rev. Randall Day, of St. Mark's in-the-Valley in Los Olivos; Rabbi Jayne Simon, of San Luis Obispo; and Father Chuck Stacy, of Solvang. Rabbi Simon and Father Stacy have participated in the event every year since it began in 2008.

“Harvest is an exciting time of year around the Valley and we’re happy to celebrate it with our dedicated employees, our amazing partners and clients, and with the surrounding community,” said Lew Eisaguirre, Terravant’s president. “Ten years is a big milestone. Terravant’s longevity is directly attributable to the hard work of our team and the loyalty of our clients. We are very proud of our safety record and the well-being of our team over the years.”

With an estimated production capacity of more than 1 million cases, Terravant touts itself as the largest wine-production facility in Santa Barbara County.

Blessing of the grapes guests will include friends and family of Terravant’s more than 120 employees and 40-plus clients, as well as local officials and neighboring businesses on Industrial Way.

Bottlest party open to public

Terravant’s 10th anniversary party, immediately following the blessing of the grapes, is open to the public. The party takes place at Bottlest Winery, Bar & Bistro, Terravant’s recently launched on-site restaurant, nightlife and entertainment venue.

The after-party will include live music by soul, rock, Latin and blues artist Ricky Montijo and an Industry Appreciation Night, featuring food and drink specials.

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