Rodeo Uncorked! Wine Events

Rodeo Uncorked! highlights wine production in agriculture. Before the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™, the Rodeo hosts an International Wine Competition, a food competition and wine auction. During the Rodeo, 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 Roundup & Best Bites Competition and at the Champion Wine Garden.

The 2019 International Wine Competition judging included 3,156 entries from 18 different countries, including Argentina, Austria, Chile, France, Italy, Japan, Portugal and South Africa. Texas wineries represented 413 entries, and 370 entries came from this year’s featured region, California’s Central Coast.

Participation Information

Double-Barrel Sampler Case

Great for your cellar or as a gift! This 12-bottle case of award-winning wines comes in a Rodeo Uncorked! branded commemorative wooden case for $650. Wines are selected following the Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition.




Roundup & Best Bites Competition

  • NRG Center, Halls D & E
  • 6:30 all doors

Join us to support the Rodeo by participating in one of the world’s largest gourmet food events paired with more than 400 award-winning wines, including the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion of the International Wine Competition. At the Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup & Best Bites Competition, you will have the opportunity to sample signature dishes from approximately 100 of the area’s top restaurants and culinary institutions, and vote for your favorites in the Best Bites Competition.




Champion Wine Auction & Dinner

  • NRG Center, 2nd Floor
  • Reception: 5 p.m. | Dinner: 6 p.m. | Auction: 7 p.m.

The Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Auction and Dinner is an exciting way to kick off the Rodeo season. Begin your evening with an exquisite cocktail hour, including an exciting silent auction where you can bid on unique wines, unforgettable trips, and other great items. Then join us in the ballroom to enjoy a sumptuous seated dinner complemented by champion wines. Following dinner, you and your guest can join the excitement by bidding on award-winning wines to support the Rodeo. Purchased items are available immediately following the auction for you to take home.


Grand Champion

  • Wine: Graham Beck Brut Rosé, Robertson NV
  • Price: $150,000
  • Buyers: Randa and Ray Gilliam, Kristina and Paul Somerville, Jennifer and Joe Van Matre, and Sheridan and John Eddie Williams
  • Rodeo Record: $232,000 (2015)

Reserve Grand Champion

  • Wine: Bodegas Muriel Reserva, Rioja DOCa, 2013
  • Price: $120,000
  • Buyers: Andrea and Bruce Bryant, Kathy and Gene Clark, Melinda and Pete Ruman, and The Wine Cru
  • Rodeo Record: $205,000 (2013)