Get ready for the wildest wine tasting in town at Zoo Uncorked, sponsored by Total Wine & More, on Sept. 12. Raise your glass for conservation and enjoy a wide-ranging winery and vineyard tour that takes place entirely at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.
Throughout the evening, you’ll enjoy unlimited wine tastings — every wine at Zoo Uncorked comes with a rating of 90 or above — live music and entertainment, incredible animal encounters (including an African penguin!) and more. Mark your calendars for Sept. 12, as we toast to saving species.
The Zoo's Kids' Farm, Think Tank and Great Cats exhibits will also be open late for event attendees.
In addition to general event attractions, Zoo Uncorked, sponsored by Total Wine & More, features exclusive wine for VIP ticket holders, premier food tastings, a DJ and special animal encounters in the VIP area.
- Zoo Uncorked, sponsored by Total Wine & More, is an adults-only event. Guests must be at least 21 years old and present a valid photo ID at entry. No babies, children or strollers are allowed.
- Guests without a valid photo ID will not be permitted to enter the event.
- Smoking is not permitted at the Zoo.
- This event will be held rain or shine.
Tickets go on sale to Friends of the National Zoo members at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1. Non-members can purchase tickets beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8.
FONZ members • $55
Non-members • $70
FONZ members • $99
Non-members • $115
Sober driver tickets
General admission • $30
VIP • $95
Guests are encouraged to drink responsibly and utilize public transportation. Both Metro Bus and Metro Rail have stops within walking distance of the Zoo's Connecticut Avenue entrance.
Metro Bus and Metro Rail
To visit the Zoo by Metro Rail, take the Red Line to the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan stop or to the Cleveland Park stop. The Zoo's main entrance on Connecticut Avenue is equidistant from both Metro stops, which are a short walk from the Zoo.
The L1 and L2 buses stop in front of the Zoo's main entrance.
Big Bus Tours Shuttle
Throughout the evening, free Big Bus Tours will transport guests from the Woodley Park Metro Station to the Panda Plaza Bus Lot on a continuous loop 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
FONZ members: $15
FONZ members must show their member card to receive the discounted parking rate. All guests should park in Lot B. If this lot is full, guests may also park in Lots A or D.
All wines served at Zoo Uncorked 2019 will have a rating of 90 or above. This page will be updated; check back often!*
Main Event Area
- Angeline Sauvignon Blanc Reserve
- Arthur Metz Cremant d'Alsace Brut
- Bulgariana Cabernet Sauvignon
- Cardwell Hill Pinot Gris Willa
- Castello Panereta Chianti Classic
- Chateau Fourcas Dupre Medoc
- Chateau La Fleur Montagne St Emilion
- Chateau de Nages Nimes Rouge Vielles Vignes
- Cincuenta Ugarte Rioja
- Diosares Rioja Crianza
- Dr Loosen Dr. L Riesling
- Fleurs de Prairie Rose Provence
- Forge Cellars Riesling Classique
- Framingham Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
- Gassier Les Piliers Syrah
- Kitchen Sink White Blend
- Kudos Pinot Gris Oregon
- Lanzavecchia Chardonnay Parole
- Olema Chardonnay Sonoma County
- Olema Pinot Noir Sonoma County
- Pampas del Sur Malbec Estilo
- Samuel Robert Pinot Noir Willamette
- Samuel Robert Rose Willamette
- San Gregorio Single Vineyard Loma Gorda Old Vine Garnacha
- Sobon Estate Zinfandel Fiddletown
- Spirit of the Andes Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
- Terre di Talamo Morellino
- Terre di Talamo Morellino Riserva
- Tilia Malbec Mendoza
- Uro Toro La Enfermera Tempranillo
- Vecchia Cantina Chianti
- Winzer Krems Gruner Veltliner Kremser Sandgrube
- Chateau de Ferrand Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
- Gruet Brut
- MacRostie Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
- Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva
- Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier
- Tarima Hill Monastrell Old Vines
*Individual wines are subject to change.
This page will be updated; check back often!
VIP Area Restaurants:
- Asia Nine Bar and Lounge
- Cabot Creamery Co-operative
- Maggiano's Little Italy
- Mastro's Steakhouse
- Mintwood Place
- Oceanaire Seafood Room
General Event Area:
- Crepe Love
- Mulan Dumpling
- Stella's Popkern