The Best Places to Stomp Grapes During Harvest Season
PHOTO: Grape stomping (Photo via Flickr.com/Jeffrey Keaton)
It’s officially fall, and that means the wine harvest season is in full swing with plenty of events to keep wine-lovers on the go all autumn long. One of the coolest activities oenophiles can partake in is grape stomping and USA Today’s Ashley Day has several recommendations on the best places to get your grape stomp on.
In Sonoma, the 42nd annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair takes place Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and includes this event. The three-day event includes the World Championship Grape Stomp as well as tastings, demonstrations and more.
Teams from around the world come to compete in the championship for the $1,500 prize and even the kids participate, reports Day.
This weekend, Willamette Valley Vineyards hosts the 26th annual Oregon Grape Stomp & Harvest Festival — the winning team heads to the championship in Sonoma, says Day.
On the Central Coast, Paso Robles, Calif., hosts the Harvest Wine Weekend Oct. 14-16. Visitors will be rewarded with dinners, picnics, vineyard and winery tours, seminars, cooking classes and more. Five wineries in the area host grape stomps, says Day.
In the East, Sagaponack, N.Y., is where wine lovers can head to participate in Wolffer Estate Vineyard’s Harvest Party on Oct. 8, says Day.
In addition to grape stomping, there are pony rides and a petting zoo for the children and tastings, food and barrel rolling too.
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