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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 14, 2019, 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 27-28, 2019
agharvestfestival.com

PASO ROBLES October 18-19, 2019 Opolo 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: 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 can't get enough of the lights that react to their movement inside the  vat of balls.

PASO ROBLES October 18-20, 2019 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 12, 2019, 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 October 19, 2019, 2-5 p.m.
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

ESCONDIDO: Orfila Winery Grape Stomp August 24, 2019, 4-8 p.m.
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.

JULIAN: Grape Stomp Festa September 7, 2019, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Menghini Winery
1150 Julian Orchards Drive, Julian, CA
$15-75, menghiniwinery.com

RAMONA: Grape Stomp September 14, 2019, 2-7 p.m.
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: Ponte Winery Grape Stomp September 22, 2019
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)

TEMECULA: Callaway Grape Stomp October 5, 2019
32720 Rancho California Road 
Temecula, CA 92591
$, callawaywinery.com 
Live music, dinner, dancing, a Lucy look-a-like contest, and grape stomping contests! 

TEMECULA: South Coast Winery Grape Stomp September 15, 2019, 5-9 p.m.
South Coast Winery Resort & Spa 
$tickets, southcoastwinery.com
34843 Rancho California Road
Temecula, California 92591
Live music, wine country buffet, and Grape Stomping! 

NAPA/SONOMA & BEYOND

CALISTOGA: Harvest Celebration  STOMP  September 20, 2019 6:30-10 p.m.
405 Saint Helena Highway
Calistoga, CA
$155, 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 5, 2019, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Murphys Community Park
Murphys, CA
 $, calaverasgrapestomp.com

NAPA August 24, 2019, 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, at Pine Ridge. Invitation wait list

HEALDSBURG: Harvest Party 2017 at Wetzel Family Estate September 14, 2019, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Alexander Valley Vineyards
8644 California 128
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-7209
$110+tax, 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 August 17, 2019 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 Harvest Grape Stomp at Schweiger Vineyards September 6, 2019, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

$225, 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 October 5, 2019, 6-10 p.m.
V. Sattui Winery
1111 White Lane
St. Helena, CA
$, vsattui.com
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 August 30, 2019, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
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 12-13, 2019,  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.  Artists, Crafts people ,Food Vendors, and Friends: The 24th 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.

SAN JOSE Italian Family Festa Grape Stomp August 24-24, 2019, 3-4 p.m.
 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: 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 4-5, 2019
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 27-29, 2019
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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