One of the best things about Harvest time is all the fun harvest festivals and street fairs in Santa Ynez valley and Santa Barbara 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 find out where…
Solvang Stomp: Grape Stomp Street Festival
Visit downtown Solvang on Saturday, October 19, 2019, 2-5pm for the Solvang Grape Stomp harvest street festival! 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, savor locally prepared food, drink pink in the I Love Rosé lounge and dance the afternoon away.
Kalyra Winery: the Great Grape Stomp
This is one of the oldest grape stomp parties in Santa Ynez valley, 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 drinking 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 find details here.
Sunstone Winery: Harvest Stomp Party for members
This yearly event over two weekends in September is a favorite grape stomp event in the area. 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.
Sevtap Winery: Grape Stomp Party
Sevtap in Buellton also has an annual grape stomp party, where you can get in bins of cold grapes and crush to your heart’s content. Will also have food, music and ridiculous amounts of fun. Read more here.