The grape harvests are coming in and the winemakers want everyone to join in the fun with the traditional grape stomp! These parties bring out the lighter side of wine making and redefine the term “getting a feel” for the process.
If you are interested in feeling grape skins between your toes, the stomping has already begun, will continue into October, and each winery puts their own unique spin on the event.
On September 21st, see how your stomping skills compare at Clos Pegase, where the Harvest Bacchanal and Grape Stomp includes some friendly competition. The festivities begin with a wine and cheese reception. Next up is the grape stomp, followed by lunch and an awards ceremony. Conclude the afternoon with a walk through the vineyards.
Schweiger Vineyards is holding several more intimate stomps. Reservation holders get to test, pick, and stomp their own grapes before sitting down to an exquisite catered lunch. Schweiger’s Old Fashioned Harvest Stomps will be on: September 19th and 26th as well as October 3rd, 5th, and 10th.
The V. Sattui Crush Party, on October 5th, is an open house event designed to give guests a full tour of the wine making process – from growing, cork-making, barrel-building, and crushing. Enjoy the evening sampling from over 45 different wines accompanied by an extensive menu of hors d’oeuvres and small dishes.
Bell Wine Cellars is holding their Harvest Stomp Party on October 6th. Go out into the vineyard, pick your own Merlot grapes, and then everyone competes to produce the most juice from their personal harvests. After the competition, enjoy wine and lunch from the outdoor oven.
If you are looking for a less formal stomp, visit Grgich Hills Estate, where stomping is going on from 10am to 4pm daily until Halloween.
Grape stomping can be hard work, make a weekend of your stomp in the tranquil surroundings of the Candlelight Inn, where our on-staff concierge will gladly assist you in making a great stomp getaway.