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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.

GRAPE STOMPS

CENTRAL COAST

PASO ROBLES: October 15-16, 2021, 5-10 p.m. Opolo Harvest Festival Dinner & Grape Stomp
Opolo Vineyards, 7110 Vineyard Drive, Paso Robles, CA
$, 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 October 15-17, 2021 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

ARROYO GRANDE: Ag Harvest Festival Grape Stomp  canceled in 2021 September 
agharvestfestival.com

SANTA YNEZ: October 2021 not mentioned on website or social media, 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

SOLVANG: Grape Stomp, Harvest & Street Festival canceled in 2021 because of COVID
Downtown Solvang
First Street & Mission Drive
Solvang, CA
$80.49, solvangusa.com |  includes entry into the festival, opportunity to stomp grapes, a glass for wine tasting and a souvenir foot towel.
$133.45, includes one-hour early entry into the festival, a ticket for food, opportunity to stomp grapes, a souvenir logo glass for wine tasting and a souvenir foot towel.
Age 21+ only for this event, more info: events@solvangusa.com or 805-688-6144
Hosted by the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau , celebrate the annual wine harvest in the Santa Ynez Valley with a traditional grape stomp, sip from dozens of Santa Barbara County's best wineries, drink pink in the I Love Rosé lounge, buy great food,  and dance to live music.  I Love Lucy look-a-like contest. 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

 Escondido Grape Stomp

JULIAN: Grape Stomp Festa September 4, 2021, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Menghini Winery
1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA
$, menghiniwinery.com | visitjulian.com

ESCONDIDO: Orfila Winery Grape Stomp August - nothing listed on August 2021 Calendar
13455 San Pasqual Road, Escondido, California
$95, 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.

RAMONA: Grape Stomp - no updates for 2021 on website & fb
Ramona Outdoor Community Center
421 Aqua Lane
Ramona, CA
$8-10, ramonagrapestomp.com
30+ artisan and vendor booths, local wine & beer sales, grape stomp competition or free, leisurely stomp with no stress (age 13 & older) and do not bring pets!

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TEMECULA: Callaway Grape Stomp September 11, 2021, 6:30-10 p.m.
32720 Rancho California Road 
Temecula, CA 92591
$125, callawaywinery.com 
Live music, dinner, dancing, a Lucy look-a-like contest, and grape stomping contests! 

TEMECULA: South Coast Winery Grape Stomp September 10-26, 2021
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa 
$tickets, southcoastwinery.com
34843 Rancho California Road
Temecula, California 92591
Friday, September 10, 2021, 2 & 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 12, 2021, 12 & 3 p.m.
Friday, September 17, 2021,  2 p.m. & 4:30pm
Sunday, September 19, 2021,  12 & 3 p.m.
Friday, September 24, 2021,  2 p.m. & 4:30pm
Sunday, September 26, 2021,  12 & 3 p.m.
Pricing Ticket Starting at $168 per couple, Prices are exclusive of taxes & gratuities. Includes:
• 2 Wine Flights (1 per person)
• Grape Stomping
• Case of Wine of your choice - mix & match
Reserve a Spot! Reservations are a must and this event will not be available for same day purchase. Simply click below and select the date that works for you and pay the non-refundable $50 deposit through our online store. The $50 will be applied to the case of your choosing the day of the event. This event is limited to participants 21 years of age or older. No Add-ons are available to this event, but must have an even number of participants as no discounts will be available for a single person; this is a two-person event.

TEMECULA: Ponte Winery Grape Stomp September events postponed 2021 due to COVID
35053 Rancho California Rd.
Temecula, CA
$, pontewinery.com
Event includes dinner, music and dancing, reservations and tickets required. Admission to the Grape Stomp event & competition (competition optional)

NAPA/SONOMA & BEYOND

NAPA August 28, 2021 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! Join the Napa Valley Grapegrowers and Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation at Round Pond in Rutherford, the site of the original Harvest STOMP, for an evening of great food, world-class wines, music, and fundraising for two great causes.

ST. HELENA: Harvest Party and Grape Stomp at Benessere Vineyards October 9, 2021, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
 Benessere Vineyards
1010 Big Tree Road
St. Helena, CA
$125, benesserevineyards.com
This is an afternoon filled with good company, great food, fine wine, and competitive GRAPE STOMPING! Four teams of 15 for a fast paced competition. Each team will start with the same amount of grapes and after the 5th and 10th persons in the barrel; each barrel will be equally refilled. Once all 15 members of the team have had 30 action filled seconds in the barrel, they measure how much juice was produced. The team that produces the most juice WINS! Each member of the winning team will get BRAGGING RIGHTS and a prize. It's an afternoon of music, lunch and GRAPE STOMPING! In addition to the competition, live Music with Justin Diaz and a catered lunch are included.

MURPHYS: Calaveras Grape Stomp October 2, 2021
Murphys Community Park
Murphys, CA
 $80 registration, calaveraswines.org/grape-stomp
Spectators can watch Calaveras Grape Stomp and enjoy Gold Rush Street Faire free of charge from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wine by the glass and bottle as well as food items sold in the park. Annual Grape Stomp Auction benefits the high school scholarship program, local parks & community organizations.

CALISTOGA: Harvest Celebration  STOMP  September 16, 2022  405 Saint Helena Highway
Calistoga, CA
$, 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!

HEALDSBURG: Harvest Party  September  postponed in 2021
Alexander Valley Vineyards
8644 California 128
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-7209
$, 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
  • Continental breakfast Blessing of the grapes
  • Grape stomp
  • Bocce ball tournament
  • Lunch
  • Live music by Brother Cat
  • Lunch and a selection of delicious AVV wines!  

ST. HELENA: Peju Grape Stomp not listed 2021
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 Harvest Grape Stomp at Schweiger Vineyards No mention as of August 29, 2021 on website, social media
$, schweigervineyards.com 
4015 Spring Mountain Road
St. Helena, CA
(707) 963-4882
Old Fashion Harvest Stomp at Schweiger Vineyards Celebration: Start on the terrace with coffee and pastries, where you'll meet founder Fred Schweiger and his winemaker son Andy. Guests pick and stomp grapes while tasting Schweiger wine during Harvest, the most exciting time of the year! Dress in clothes that are comfortable for spending time in the sun, where you’ll learn what makes this terroir unique, how to measure brix (sugar) levels in the fruit, farming techniques, and then you’ll have a chance to pick Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.  After your samples are harvested, head back to the crush pad where the stomping of grapes begins (along with tasting  Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.) A sit down to lunch on the terrace features red wines, including  Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blend, Dedication. The afternoon concludes with  Port XIII and chocolate.

ST. HELENA: V. Sattui Grape Stomp, part of the Crush Festival V. Sattui Winery no event in 2021, replaced by Notte Italiana
1111 White Lane
St. Helena, CA
$, vsattui.com
(2021 update: "We are delighted to offer Notte Italiana (A Night in Italy) on September 17, 2021, to our friends and members who would normally be visiting the weekend of Harvest Ball. This enchanting evening is set beneath the stars on our sprawling Vittorio's Lawn surrounded by vineyards. Italian Tenor, Pasquale Esposito will take the stage to serenade the entire event backed by his instrumental quartet.")
Club members event, but you can join the club to participate and attend, according to their promo. BIG open house Old-fashioned grape stomp Meet our growers and winemakers Live music! Menu of foods from our live-fire Tuscan grill and wood-fired pizza ovens Taste over 45 wines! See the Production-Fermentation Floor, Crush Pad, Underground Cellars & Caves, Vittorio’s Vineyard, Vittorio Room & Tasting Room.

RUTHERFORD: Grgich Hills Estate  Blessing of the Grapes Listed as currently unavailable as of August 29, 2021
1829 St. Helena Highway
Rutherford, CA
$Free-fee, grgich.com
Reservations are not required but welcomed. For more information, please call 707-963-2784.
Join the Grgich and Hills families to toast the beginning of the 2019 harvest at Grgich Hills' annual Blessing of the Grapes. The first grapes will be blessed on the crush pad at Grgich Hills Estate. Attendees to this complimentary event can enjoy a glass of Grgich Hills Estate wine during this age-old celebration. Following the blessing, the Grgich Hills team will host a reception with wine, wood-fire pizza and salad on the patio where the winery's daily Grape Stomp will officially begin. Grape stomping is complimentary until noon for anyone who attends the Blessing of the Grapes. The tradition of blessing the first fruits of the harvest can be traced back to Old Testament times and its a three decades-long tradition at Grgich Hills Estate. The winery has held a blessing of the grapes every year since the winery was founded in 1977 by Mike Grgich and Austin Hills.

LAKEPORT: Steele Wines Harvest Festival Grape Stomp at Harvest Festival October canceled in 2021 "Due to the COVID-19 pandemic"
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.  Artists, Crafts people ,Food Vendors, and Friends: The Annual Harvest Festival will be here again before you know it. The format will remain the same with four bands, the vineyard run, grape stomping and wine tasting.

MADERA: Ficklin Vineyards Harvest Stomp - not updated for 2021 on ficklin.com
 September
30246 Avenue 7 1/2
Madera, CA 93637
$, 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!

SAN JOSE Italian Family Festa Grape Stomp August canceled in 2021
 History Park at Kelley Park
1650 Senter Road
San Jose, CA
Free, iahfsj.org | italianfamilyfestasj.org  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. 
Festival hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

SANTA ROSA: Annual Italian County Harvest Party
No updates for 2021 - stay tuned!
D'Argenzio Winery & Tasting Room
1301 Cleveland Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
$, dargenziowine.com - may sell out.
Celebrate D'Argenzio Winery's harvest with newly released hand-crafted wines, live music, and an Italian feast! Compete in Grape Stomp competition. Dance the evening away or play a game of bocce ball with your loved ones.

SANTA ROSA: World Championship Grape Stomp October postponed till 2022
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 Due to COVID, no decision or dates announced for 2021 as of August 29, 2021
Includes both adult and youth grape stomps! Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival Grape Stomp
The number of teams will be limited. $, valleyofthemoonvintagefestival.com
 

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