Wine making in California is as old as the missions. When the Spanish built a
chain of 21 missions from San Diego to Northern California, they began bringing
the things they cherished from their homeland--including plantings to grow wine
grapes so that they could enjoy a favorite beverage.
The year was circa 1775. See
grape stomping events!
But older references offshore are referenced over
2,500 years ago in 582 BC - Founded in 582 BC, Agrigento lies on Sicily's southern coast. The island area famous for ruins is a rich mix of Greek, Italian, Arabic, Spanish, French and North African influences. "The festival will acquaint children with their grandparents' history," says ...Founded in 582 BC, Agrigento lies on Sicily's southern coast. The island area famous for ruins is a rich mix of Greek, Italian, Arabic, Spanish, French and North African influences. "The festival will acquaint children with their grandparents' history," says Pardo. "The dances and music portray the people fishing, cutting grain to sustain themselves, and the trials, tribulations and joys of agrarian life." Wine and pastrymaking demonstrations are set. And a grape-stomping ... Show more Show less
Grape stomping with your bare feet is great
fun--but in the U.S. it's 100% fun. You can't
produce and sell wines made by stomping grapes with
your bare feet, even if your winery is named
Barefoot Wines. There's something primal about
getting in a vat with cool grapes and feeling the
weight of your body work to break the skins, as the
even cooler contents- the pulp and juices ooze out.
The popularity of this activity has created an
entire events cottage industry that many wine
consortiums and some private wineries throughout
California include in their annual activities to
celebrate a wine release, a seasonal harvest, and
other such events.
"Crush" is the season when
grapes are picked and crushed. At this time of year,
the entire Wine Country celebrates its harvest with
street fairs, festivals, and grape stomps. One of
the funniest wine stomping sessions is commemorated
in a 1956 black & white I Love Lucy episode, "Lucy's
Italian Movie" (also known as the "Grape-stomping".
On route to Italy, an Italian producer offers Lucy a
role in a film called "Bitter Grapes." So she
decides to take a job in a vineyard to absorb a
little local color and in typical Lucy fashion,
becomes over-zealous when assigned to the same vat
as a seasoned Italian stomper. Lucy gets pushed into
the grapes, her skin turns a lovely shade of purple
and her film career hopes are once again dashed.