First Festival On Light Rail Extension Happening This Weekend – University City Wine Fest


University City Partners just announced they’ll be hosting the second annual University City Wine Fest around the lake at the Shoppes at University Place this coming Saturday, April 14 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. for general admission and  1:00-6:00 p.m. for Early Admission and VIP ticket holders.

This will be the first official festival hosted within walking distance of the new Lynx Blue Line Extension Light Rail. Ticket holders will be able to exit and board the light rail at the JW Clay Blvd stop and easily walk to and from the festival around the lake;

“University City Partners is excited for the return of the second annual The Wine Vault University City Wine Festival. It’s such a special time to have a long-serving business like The Wine Vault still thriving in our community and helping us to experience new development and growth,” says Darlene Heater, Executive Director of University City Partners. “We are building a community in University City that is already so rich in culture and diversity. The annual wine festival is a great addition, while helping to support our local libraries.”

The University City Wine Fest will attract local and non-local attendees as it contributes to building community and culture in the heart of University City. An anticipated 1,500 Wine Fest attendees will experience more than 100 old and new wines from over 50 wineries while they stroll the boardwalk and enjoy live music and appetizers from area restaurants. New this year, the festival is accessible by the LYNX light rail. Also, the event will feature the addition of a beer garden.

“We’re passionate about sharing our appreciation for great wine and the University City Wine Fest is a perfect opportunity to do so,” said Tim Wallace, Owner of The Wine Vault. “We’ve served the University City community for so many years, and helping to bring people together through wonderful wine experiences while supporting a great cause is truly a pleasure.”

Individual tickets and VIP tables are currently available for purchase. General admission includes four hours of unlimited wine tastings. VIP tables include unlimited wine tasting, seating for 10, one hour of early access to the festival, four bottles of wine and more. More information and tickets are available online at, on Facebook at and Instagram @univcitywinefest. All proceeds will benefit literacy programming at Charlotte Mecklenburg University City Regional and Sugarcreek Libraries.

The Wine Fest is made possible by this year’s title sponsor The Wine Vault, presenting sponsor Greystar. Additionally, by the support of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority Special Events and Projects Grant Program and UNC Charlotte.