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Wente Vineyards Announces its BottleRockIt Music Festival

18 August, 2011

Wente Vineyards Announces its BottleRockIt Music Festival

Full day festival will feature top national touring bands and independent Bay Area artists.  25 bands for $20 hosted by Live 105’s Aaron Axelsen and Karl Wente

Livermore Valley, CA – August 2011 – Fifth generation winemaker Karl Wente of  Wente Vineyards is proud to announce the BottleRockIt Music Festival launching  Saturday, September 10, 2011.  For the fifth year in a row, the independent music festival formerly known as Discover the Wine Discover the Music will feature nationally renowned bands as well as the best emerging Bay Area talent.  The show will be headlined by Givers, The Holdup, Dirty Vegas, AB & The Sea and The Hundred Days and will be presented by top rock station Live 105, (KITS 105.1 FM). Wente Vineyards invites festivalgoers to spend the day basking under the East Bay sun, enjoying a full day of music and a selection of delicious estate grown, sustainable wines.

Guest DJ’ed and hosted  by Live 105 (KITS 105.1 FM)  Music Director and on air personality Aaron Axelsen, the 25-band and DJ lineup will include: Givers, The Holdup, Dirty Vegas, Birds and Batteries, AB & The Sea, Olin & The Moon, Young Science, White Arrows, The Hundred Days, Music For Animals, Picture Atlantic, Beta State, Heyoka, DJ Laura, Ean Golden, Left Of Right, In Rare Form, Ruckatan, Lisa Marie Johnston and the Lust Triggers, The Gun and Doll Show, The Front Porch, The Bacchus Brothers, and Garage Band Academy

“I’m really psyched to be working with Karl Wente and Wente Vineyards on the Homegrown Series and the BottleRockIt Festival.  I grew up in Livermore around the vineyards and have always wanted to do something like this in my hometown with bands I play on my radio shows.   It’s a great time for up and coming talent in the Bay Area; this is a creative nexus of talent right here in our backyard,” states Aaron Axelsen, DJ, Music Director, Live 105 San Francisco.

Less than an hour east of San Francisco, with a striking backdrop of golden hills and lush vineyards ready for harvest, Wente Vineyards provides a gorgeous setting to enjoy an all-day music festival. As Northern California’s most memorable concert location, Wente Vineyards will dedicate the day to great music, wine and local food.  In true festival style, Wente will be hosting three different stages, allowing guests to sit on the lawn with chairs or blankets.  The three different stages will be located at the Barrel Room, the Small Lot Winery and the Estate Lawn.

Held at the Estate Tasting Room at 5565 Tesla Road in Livermore, CA, doors open at 10:30 AM and performances begin at 11AM. Tickets for the 25-band and DJ lineup are only $20 and are on sale now. They can be purchased by visiting or by calling the Wente Vineyards Box Office at 925-456-2424 Complimentary parking is available on location.

Food, wine and beer will be available for purchase on site and will be provided by Catering at Wente Vineyards. Festivalgoers can spend the day sipping and discovering the portfolio of Estate grown wines crafted by Karl Wente.

“The Bay Area has some of the most original and interesting independent bands and BottleRockIt is a great way to showcase some of this amazing talent. What better way to experience wine and music together when all your senses are stimulated,“ says Wente, a musician himself, who will also perform with his own band, The Front Porch.

About Wente Vineyards

The country’s oldest continuously operated family-owned winery; Wente Vineyards is led today by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. More than 125 years of committed stewardship to the land has led to the development of Wente Vineyards’ Farming for the Future, a system of sustainable viticulture practices designed to produce the best quality wines with the least environmental impact. This philosophy extends to all aspects of winery operations, where energy efficiency, waste reduction, recycling and social responsibility are all integral to the culture.

All of the wines within the Wente Vineyards portfolio are Estate Grown, crafted by 5th generation winemaker, Karl Wente from estate vineyards in Livermore Valley and Arroyo Seco. Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations, featuring wine tasting, fine dining and championship golf. For more information, visit   For more background on Karl Wente’s interest in wine, music, yoga and food please visit his blog at

About Live 105

LIVE105 is the Bay Area’s leading alternative station and has been breaking new talent for over 25 years.  The station provides listeners with a unique music format, playing modern alternative rock with an evolving fresh, hip playlist. You’ll hear artists like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Foo Fighters, The White Stripes, Nirvana, Sublime, Nine Inch Nails and Weezer. Comprised of an audience of bold and progressive listners and vistors to their website, LIVE105, KITS and Live delivers 90,000+ monthly unique visitors who view over one million pages.’s individualistic users lead an active lifestyle, want to be entertained while challenging the norm, and respond well to new consumer products and services.

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