Gruene Music & Wine Festival: Our History

Drinkin’ for a cause.

The Gruene Music & Wine Fest began as a one day event in 1987 with the purpose of promoting Texas and Americana music in a fun and relaxed setting while raising funds for the United Way of Comal County. Over the years, it has become a four day celebration not only of Texas and Americana music, but also a celebration of wine, craft beer, food and gift items handmade in the Lone Star state.

The event continues to grow each year. In recent years, we have been able to expand the Saturday wine tasting to include over 40 wine & food producers for tastings and ‘Le Cordon Gruene’ food trucks. To further enhance Sunday’s event, we added a Craft Beer Tasting, a second stage and the big game on a big screen TV. A Craft Market has also been added to both Saturday and Sunday events.

Although the event itself has evolved through the years, our benefiting charity has always included and primarily been the local United Way, a charity whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people in Comal County by generating resources to meet the needs of the community.

In 1987, a mere $450 was raised for United Way, but as the event has grown, so too have the funds given. In recent years, we’ve raised over over 300 times that amount and have been able to double our funds raised just in the past ten years. 2017 marked a record-breaking sum of $173,945.98.

 We are proud to be considered the highlighted event for the annual United Way campaign in our area. We hope to continue the success of the event by exceeding a $100,000 donation each coming year, and we hope you will be a part of it!