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California Grape Stomps

California Grape Stomps Celebrate the Crush, It's a Rush

Annual Grape Stomps in California provide an exciting experience enjoyed by all ages. Several of the grape stomp events have categories for children so they get to feel the soft grapes squish between their feet and get to stomp on the precious grapes to see what it's like to make grape juice or wine. Of course nobody drinks the products made from these events. It is strictly done for enjoyment and entertainment, but you get to understand how wine once was made before mechanization and how the time honored tradition became so important to those who sought this desirable beverage. In California, wine-making spans the entire state and has become an important industry, along with table grapes, to the California economy both for sales, exports and tourism.

MADERA: Ficklin Vineyards Harvest Stomp
 September 15, 2018, 7-9 p.m.
30246 Avenue 7 1/2
Madera, CA 93637
$35, 21+, ficklin.com ​ 
Celebrate Ficklin Vineyards 70th harvest with a hearty great stomp and meal. Savor Tri-tip BBQ al fresco, Stomp grapes, Taste Ports, Sip on Port punch and Sangrias, Indulge in desserts, play corn hole, sample fermentations in process on their way to becoming award-winning Ports!

GRAPE STOMPS

CENTRAL COAST

ARROYO GRANDE: Ag Harvest Festival Grape Stomp   September 28-29, 2018
agharvestfestival.com

PASO ROBLES October 19-20, 2018 Opolo Grape Stomp
Opolo Vineyards, 7110 Vineyard Drive, Paso Robles, CA
October 19, 2018
October 20, 2018
$120, opolo.com
Opolo's Famous Harvest Party - In between grape stomping, ethnic folk dancing, gypsy serenades and Opolo wine, you'll be treated to the finest food in North County. Grape stomps take place both nights.

PASO ROBLES: Children's Museum at the Volunteer Firehouse Grape Stomp
pasokids.org
Grape Stomp is a big ball pit that simulates crushing grapes to make  juice, paying homage to the many vineyards  in Paso Robles. Shoes must be removed before getting in, but kids canít get enough of the lights that react to their movement inside the  vat of balls.

PASO ROBLES October 19-21, 2018 Harvest Wine Weekend Grape Stomp 3rd weekend in October, Paso Robles Wine Country opens its doors and invites you into the vineyard and onto the crush pad to experience the breadth of activities surrounding the busiest time of year. pasowine.com

SANTA YNEZ October 13, 2018, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Great Grape Stomp
Santa Ynez Kalyra's annual Great Grape Stomp features barefoot grape stomping, wine, live music, vineyard hay rides, and reserve tastings by the winemaker. This event sells out each year. $30 approx. Location: 343 N.Refugio Rd., Santa Ynez CA.
kalyrawinery.com

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

 Escondido Grape Stomps

ESCONDIDO: Grape Day Stomp
Future Date: No event in 2018
Past Date: October 7, 2017, 2 p.m.
escondido.org
Grape Day Park in downtown Escondido, 321 N. Broadway, Escondido CA 92025  The Grape Day Festival and Parade takes place on the Saturday after Labor Day.

ESCONDIDO: Orfila Winery Grape Stomp August 25, 2018, 4-8 p.m.
13455 San Pasqual Road, Escondido, California
$95-100, 21+ only -- Buy tickets, sells out each year! orfila.com
Enjoy fun, friends, food & wine at the annual event. Live band, Grape Stomp Dinner, tractor rides and wine tasting.

JULIAN: Grape Stomp Festa September 1, 2018, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Menghini Winery
1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA
$15-50, menghiniwinery.com

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TEMECULA: Ponte Winery Grape Stomp August 19, 2018, 3 p.m.
35053 Rancho California Rd.
Temecula, CA
$112-125, pontewinery.com
Check in at 3 p.m. | 5 p.m. Stomp
Event includes dinner, music and dancing, reservations and tickets required. Admission to the Grape Stomp event & competition (competition optional) 1 Bottle of Our Limited Production 15th Anniversary Red Wine (per guest) Drink Tickets (3 per guest) 15 Year Commemorative Wine Glass (per guest) Gourmet Dinner Buffet Check-In begins at 3 p.m. | Hors d'oeuvres & bar open at 4 p.m. | Competition begins at 5  p.m. 

TEMECULA: Callaway Grape Stomp August 25, 2018, 6-9 p.m. 
32720 Rancho California Road 
Temecula, CA 92591
$68, callawaywinery.com 
Grab a bunch of your family & friends and join us for this fun-for-the-entire-family grape stomp and harvest festival! Bring the kids ($30 per kid age 4-11 years)! Face painting, live music, dinner, dancing, a Lucy look-a-like contest, and grape stomping contests! 

TEMECULA: South Coast Winery Grape Stomp September 16, 2018, 5-8:30 p.m.
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa 
$55 approx., southcoastwinery.com/dining/menus/
34843 Rancho California Road
Temecula, California 92591
Live music, wine country buffet, and Grape Stomping! 

NAPA/SONOMA & BEYOND

CALISTOGA: Harvest Celebration  STOMP  September 21, 2018, 6:30-10 p.m.
405 Saint Helena Highway
Calistoga, CA
$145, castellodiamorosa.com
Learn what it takes to make  wine and participate in Grape Stomp Competition! 21+ only. The event is part of the Harvest Celebration which includes Rustic Dinner Buffet paired with Castello wines in the Courtyard, live music on the Crush Pad, Underground tours  reservation required, Grape stomp photo ops!

MURPHYS: Calaveras Grape Stomp October 6, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Murphys Community Park
Murphys, CA
 $73.25 team of 2, calaverasgrapestomp.com

NAPA August 25. 2018, 5-10 p.m. Harvest STOMP

See napagrowers.org to register or get on waiting list

(It's a dance, not a grape stomp, but has the same name)
Celebration: Kick up your heels with the Napa Valley Grapegrowers at the best harvest party of the year - the Harvest STOMP! Dance to live entertainment; dine on exhibition-style, local cuisine; drink the world's best wines; and bid on exclusive, one-of-a-kind Napa Valley experiences in the live auction. Wear your boots, cowboy hat, and party pants - this is one event you don't want to miss! Hosted by Napa Valley Grapegrowers, usually at Round Pond Estate.

HEALDSBURG: Harvest Party 2017 at Wetzel Family Estate September 15, 2018, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Alexander Valley Vineyards
8644 California 128
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-7209
$110, avvwine.com 
AVV's  biggest all-day party of the year with grape picking & stomping, bocce ball and fun on the historic Wetzel Family Estate.

  • Pick grapes with Vineyard Manager Mark Houser
  • Continental breakfast Blessing of the grapes by Rev. Sally Hubbell
  • Grape stomp
  • Bocce ball tournament
  • Lunch
  • Live music by Brother Cat
  • Lunch and a selection of delicious AVV wines!  

ST. HELENA: 2017 Peju Grape Stomp August 18, 2018, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
8466 St. Helena Hwy.
Rutherford CA 94573
$175, peju.com
Kick off your shoes and experience the thrill of stomping grapes with your bare feet! Highlights include: Team Competition: Come dressed in custom team shirts or costumes and compete for best team theme and best team shirt. The top stomp team wins an exclusive Peju prize for both members. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared with locally-sourced ingredients by Peju Executive Chef Alex Espinoza.

ST. HELENA: Old Fashioned Grape Stomps September 28, 2018 and October 1, 2018
schweigervineyards.com 
4015 Spring Mountain Road
St. Helena, CA
$225

Old Fashion Harvest Stomp at Schweiger Vineyards Celebration: Participate in the Napa Valley fall harvest!
Past info: You're invited to a day of Brix testing, picking and stomping at Schweiger Vineyards, followed by a catered lunch. The Schweiger lug box is yours to keep. Bring your family, friends and work colleagues and have a blast.

RUTHERFORD: Grgich Hills Estate Grape Stomp with Blessing of the Grapes August 24, 2018, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
1829 St. Helena Highway
Rutherford, CA
$Free, grgich.com

RUTHERFORD: Grgich Hills Estate Grape Stomp August 24, 2018 - October 28, 2018,  daily from 10 a.m.-3:30 pm.
1829 St. Helena Highway
Rutherford, CA
$40, $20 child, grgich.com
$30 wine club member
First come first serve | Reservations required for groups of 8 or more — extend your experience with a wine tasting in the tasting room.
Grape Stomp is an experience you won't forget. Jump in a barrel of freshly picked grapes and stomp away just like Miljenko 'Mike' Grgich did as a child in Croatia! You'll create a unique keepsake by putting your grape-stained feet on a white  t-shirt.

LAKEPORT: Steele Wines Harvest Festival Grape Stomp at Harvest Festival October 13-14, 2018,  10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Steele Wines
4350 Thomas Drive
Kelseyville, CA
steelewines.com
Grape Stomp both days 12-4 p.m.
Stomp Offs begin October 14, 2018, 3:30 p.m.
Annual Harvest Festival is famous for its grape-stomping competition for kids and adults, as well as its Vineyard Run for Literacy amid autumn-colored vineyards and orchards. Held the second weekend each October, musicians perform both days. Visitors can taste the wines of Steele's extensive collection and enjoy barbecue, as well as vendor booths with plentiful food, fine art, arts and crafts, and other unique souvenirs and gifts. 

SAN JOSE Italian Family Festa Grape Stomp August 25-26, 2018
August 25, 2018, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
August 26, 2018, 3-4 p.m.
History Park at Kelley Park
1650 Senter Road
San Jose, CA
Free, iahfsj.org | italianfamilyfestasj.org/grapestompsItalian Family Festa, Grape Stomps
Grape stomps are just one activity at the free, annual Italian Family Festa which include Chef Demos, Wine Tastings, Bocce Ball, Unique Arts & Crafts, Fun Activities for the Entire Family, Live Continuous Entertainment, Italian Sweet and Savory Specialty Foods, Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks for sale. 

SANTA ROSA: 22nd Annual Italian County Harvest Party October 6, 2018, 4-8 p.m.
D'Argenzio Winery & Tasting Room
1301 Cleveland Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$45, dargenziowine.com - may sell out.
Celebrate D'Argenzio Winery's 23rd year of harvest with newly released hand-crafted wines, live music, and an Italian feast! Compete in Grape Stomp competition (please confirm for 2018). Dance the evening away or play a game of bocce ball with your loved ones.

SANTA ROSA: World Championship Grape Stomp October 5-7, 2018
harvestfair.org
Grape Stomp Teams (one stomper & one swabby) compete for a fabulous grand prize. The Stomper stands in a barrel full of grapes and squishes out the juice using their feet. The Swabby stands below the barrel and keeps the juice flowing into the jug, pulling grape skins away from the screen.

SONOMA: Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival September 28-30, 2018
Includes both adult and youth grape stomps! Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival Grape Stomp
The number of teams will be limited. valleyofthemoonvintagefestival.com
$30 kids
$40 adults
$250 corporate

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