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Adventures In Napa Valley, California


Where to go Grape Stomping in Napa Valley

Grape Stomping in Napa Valley

The timeless tradition of grape stomping has been around since the 3rd century AD as a means to macerate ripe grapes in preparation for winemaking. Although nowadays used to attract visitors to wineries, it’s still a blast to pay homage to this ancient wine-making technique on your Napa Valley vacation. So kick off your shoes and jump into a barrel of Napa Valley terroir grapes. It’s time to get stomping.

Attend a Grgich Hills Estate Grape Stomp

No other winery in Napa Valley does a traditional grape stomp quite like Grgich Hills Estate. Every year, the Rutherford winery throws a daily stomp soirée stretching the entire length of harvest season.

Begin this year’s season at their annual Blessing of the Grapes bash for a toast to the harvest with a glass of wine and cheese pairing. The tradition of blessing the grapes before harvest season dates back to the Old Testament. The time-honored celebration has been continued at Grgich Hills Estate since 1977. Stick around after the blessing for the first grape crush of the season followed by an outside reception on the patio.

Grgich Hills Estate grape stomps are held daily through October and include a tasting of three estate wines and a souvenir “I stomped at Grgich Hills” t-shirt with your red-stained footprints to take home.

Where Else to Stomp Away

Also in Rutherford, Peju Province Winery is hosting their Grape Stomp competition complete with a delicious Farm-to-Table lunch. Grab a partner and come dressed in your best team shirts for a chance to win a commemorative Peju Grape Stomp prize.

Named the “Best Event in the Napa Valley” by the San Francisco Examiner, the Schweiger Vineyards Grape Stomp has two dates this year. Hosted by winemakers Fred and Andy Schweiger, you will have the opportunity to pick and stomp your own grapes. Enjoy the fruits of your labor with a lunch and Schweiger wines on the terrace.

Things You Should Know

Are you ready to be a barefoot participant? Although the image of lasting purple feet may dissuade you from getting your feet wet, stompers are not in the grape juice long enough to get stained feet. The wineries all provide water and towels. Wearing shorts or a skirt is ideal, but if you must wear pants, make sure they are comfortable and can be rolled up. Much of the day will be spent outside, so sunscreen is essential. And don’t worry, the stomped grapes and juice go right back into the vineyard, not the next wine batch!

Stay at Wine Country Inn

After a day of stomping, put your feet up at Wine Country Inn. Book your Napa Valley Getaway for a split of local wine and culinary bites in your room upon arrival, weekend wine tasting hosted by a local vintner, luxurious guest rooms, and a wine country breakfast served each morning.