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, Vineyard Tour, Pizza & Fall Intention Setting
Celebrate Fall & Harvest Season with Timshel Vineyards in September on their Templeton vineyard. Timshel has partnered up with the amazing Women Making Waves for an Autumnal afternoon of connecting with new season. The afternoon will include a vineyard tour, grape stomping, wine tasting, artisanal pizza & demo by Colony Culture. Ending the the event with an intention setting for Fall with Energy Healer Angelina Barbieri. Grab your tickets for the first annual Harvest Stomp to make some amazing memories & connections!
Opolo Vineyards: Harvest Dinner & Grape Stomp
Two nights of Harvest celebration each year in early 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.
Still Waters Vineyards Grape Stomp Weekend
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!
Cass Winery: Harvest Festival Grape Stomp & Tacos
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.
Castoro Cellars: Live Music & Grape Stomping
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.
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 Stomp Party
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.
Vincent Vineyards Harvest Party
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!
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