Wine Events

Rodeo Uncorked! highlights wine production in agriculture. Before the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™, the Show hosts an International Wine Competition, a food competition and wine auction. During the Show, visit the Champion Wine Garden where the champion wines from the International Wine Competition are served. 



International Wine Competition

Wines from around the world enter this elite, privately judged competition held in November. Winning wines can be tasted during the Best Bites Competition and at the Champion Wine Garden.

The 2017 International Wine Competition judging included 2,850 entries from approximately 20 different countries, including Australia, Austria, France, Italy, Japan, Peru, South Africa and Spain. The competition also received 105 entries from the 2017 featured region, Tuscany. Texas wineries represented 351 entries.

Participation Information

2017 Competition Press Release



Roundup & Best Bites Competition

Giant Gourmet Food Competition Paired with Epic, Award-Winning Wines

  • NRG Center, Halls D and E
  • Table Buyers: 6 p.m.
  • General Admission: 6:30 p.m.

The sold-out Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites Competition featured dishes from 111 distinguished Houston restaurants, chefs and caterers paired with winning wines from the 2017 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition.

2017 Restaurants



Champion Wine Auction & Dinner

  • NRG Center
  • Reception: 5 p.m. | Dinner: 6 p.m. | Auction: 7 p.m.

The Champion Wine Auction is an exciting way to start the Rodeo year or continue the thrill from Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites. Your auction experience includes valet parking, bringing you directly to the door of NRG Center. Begin your unforgettable evening with a cocktail reception and silent auction, where you can bid on vineyard tours, champion wines and more. Enjoy a sumptuous seated dinner, complemented by winning wines from the Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition and amplified by the excitement of bidding on many award-winning wines from the same competition. Complete the experience with our simple pickup process.

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Grand Champion

  • Wine: Arinzano Gran Vino Blanco, Pago de Arinzano D.O., 2010
  • Price: $135,000
  • Buyers: The Clerkley Watkins Group, Inc.; Becky and Kelly Joy; Julie and Alan Kent; and Schaefer Ranchwear/Emily and Robert Clay

Reserve Grand Champion

  • Wine: Nice Winery Notorious Malbec, Mount Veeder, 2013
  • Price: $140,000
  • Buyers: Emily and Brad Bonnecaze, Brad Fish, Elizabeth and Michael Hatfield, and Araly and Chuck Simmons

Past Sales

2016 $125,000 $125,000
2015 $232,000 $200,000
2013 $215,000
2012 $211,000
2011  $210,000 $130,000
$120,000 $90,000
$100,000 $55,000
$201,000 $126,000
$125,000 $75,000
$200,000 $100,000
 $90,000 $40,000
 $47,000 $22,000

Record Sales

  • Grand Champion: $232,000 (2015)
  • Reserve Grand Champion: $205,000 (2013)