Updated September 2023
One of the best things about Harvest time is all the fun harvest festivals (October is Harvest Wine Month in Paso Robles and the Santa Barbara Vintners October festival is a must) and Fall street fairs in California’s Central Coast wine country. The other is stomping grapes!
Several wineries in the area have grape stomping parties, some of which you can race through the vineyard, wear a toga, or see what Pinot Noir grapes taste like off the vine. Read below to get the details!
Grape Stomping in Paso Robles
Timshel Vineyards: Harvest Stomp & Dinner in the Vineyard
September 24, 2023
Celebrate Fall & Harvest Season with Timshel Vineyards in September on their vineyard located in the Templeton Gap next to the Salinas River. The afternoon will include, grape stomping, wine tasting, and a Brick Oven Pizza dinner in the vineyard.. Grab your tickets for Timshel’s annual Harvest Stomp to make some amazing memories & connections!
Opolo Vineyards: Harvest Festival Dinner & Grape Stomp
October 20 & 21, 2023
Two nights of Harvest celebration each year in October, where you’ll roll up your pant legs and get to stompin’! In addition to grape stomping, folk dancing, and of course, fabulous Opolo wine, you will be treated to some of Opolo’s finest food on their hilltop. The menu includes oysters, whole roasted lamb, Sarma, chicken, and all the extras. This event sells out every year, so reserve your tickets early and celebrate a great start to a successful harvest.
Cass Winery: Harvest Festival Grape Stomp & Pig Roast
October 13, 2023
Celebrate Harvest Festival at CASS Winery with an all-you-can-eat taco buffet and grape stomp. They’ll have live music, tacos and wine while you kick off your shoes & STOMP STOMP STOMP! This event is mid-October and sells out quickly; get details and tickets here.
Grape Stomping in Santa Ynez Valley
Kalyra Winery: the Great Grape Stomp
This is one of the oldest grape stomp parties in Santa Ynez valley happening each October…and I do mean a party. You can show up in anything from a Lucy Grape Stomp outfit to a toga. Any grape-related costume is encouraged, as well as stomping (and sampling) as much wine as possible, then jumping on a drunken tractor winery tour, plus eating and dancing to live music on the front porch. Get a first-hand account and then find more details here.
Sunstone Winery: Harvest Party Stomp
September 30, 2023
This yearly half-day event in September is a favorite grape stomp event in the area, and sells out quickly. It’s an all-day affair in the gorgeous Provençal-style vineyard and winery. It begins with a special bubbly cocktail made just for the event, then picking grapes in the vineyard. After being educated by the winemaker and Rice family on winemaking, you’ll climb into the grape vats and stomp to your heart’s content. A gourmet picnic lunch is also included, as well as the family’s line of wines, including some from the underground, dusty library. Get details here.
Andrew Murray Vineyards’ Crush Party
October 28, 2023
Grape Stomp Parties from Previous Years
Castoro Cellars: Live Music & Grape Stomping
No date in 2023…
During the 3rd weekend of October, head to Castoro Cellars to celebrate Harvest while Crushing It In Paso! They have grape stomping, barrel tasting, delicious food and live music both days of the weekend. Get more details here.
Still Waters Vineyards Grape Stomp Weekend
No date in 2023…
Still Waters hosts a yearly weekend of fun for wine club members and the general public each October (usually the 2nd Saturday/Sunday). It includes wine tasting, grape stomping, and making your own t-shirt with your foot stomp marks!
Vincent Vineyards Harvest Party
No date in 2023…
Vincent Vineyards hosts an annual Harvest Party each October (usually the 2nd Saturday). It includes wine tasting, grape stomping, great food, live music, vineyard photos, and fun. Plus, it’s always family-friendly!