September 9, 2013 • 08:52:23 a.m.

Geneva History Center programs tap into wine fest


Visitors line up to taste the wine at the annual Festival of the Vine in downtown Geneva at a previous year's event. (Kane County Chronicle file photo)

GENEVA – Geneva History Center will host wine-making programs during the Festival of the Vine this weekend. 

Master winemaker Sergio Benavides of Aquaviva Winery will present “Wine 101: From Vine Cultivating to the Glass,” a 30-minute program at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at the center, 113 S. Third St., Geneva. Admission is $3 a person and includes an Aquaviva coupon.

Ed Seaman of The Home Brew Shop will present “Home Winemaking Demo” at 1 p.m. Sunday. 

Admission is $3 a person and includes a coupon for the Home Brew Shop.

“Seaman’s will be about using regular home tools where you can make wine, and both give coupons,” Geneva History Center executive director Terry Emma said. “We are not allowed to have a tasting. We cannot during a festival as a nonprofit.”

The history center is trying to tie in its programs with local events and festivals to draw people in, Emma said.

“It’s the first year we are participating in Festival of the Vine,” Emma said. “Instead of having the festival run around us, we are incorporating what we’re doing with what’s going on. It’s a nice way to raise funds for the history center.”

The history center participated in the weeklong Swedish Days Festival in June with walking tacos and providing maps for self-guided historic tours.

Emma said that effort was successful, so the center was reaching out to connect with the popular Festival of the Vine.

The center will be selling wine glasses for $10 each and ceramic wine stoppers for $15 that say, “Geneva, Ill.,” also tying in with the festival’s theme, Emma said.

“We are going totally wine here at the history center,” Emma said.

Presented by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Festival of the Vine includes art, entertainment food and wine, from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

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For information about the Geneva History Center, visit For information about the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, visit

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