First thing’s first: No, we don’t stomp our grapes with our feet to make the wines we produce. In ancient times, long before the introduction of sophisticated wine pressing equipment, using feet to stomp grapes was a very efficient and effective way of juicing grapes. I mean, can you imagine trying to crush grapes with your fingers? At least when using your feet you have your entire body weight on your side! While this method has been banned in American wine production for some time, there are still some small European wineries that have carried the torch. Even though drinking wine that has touched someone’s feet is kind of gross, we must say the stomping part sure is fun! Which is why we are so excited to host our upcoming 14th Annual Grape Stomp Festival!
If you haven’t joined us yet for our most exciting event of the year, here’s what you can expect at the Festival:
- Food, and lots of it. Our chefs and culinary team pull out all the stops for this event. It will be a buffet wonderland of incredible dishes! Check out the menu here.
- Three drink tickets are included with each adult ticket and can be used for your favorite Ponte wines. Be responsible, have a designated driver or book your room right next door at Ponte Vineyard Inn!
- Live music and dancing
- Grape stomp competitions. Grab a partner; one of you will stomp grapes inside a half-barrel while the other will gather all of the residual juice in a bottle. First pair to fill their bottle wins! There are fantastic prizes for the winners. It looks a little like this:
This family-friendly event takes place on September 25, 2016 at 4:00 pm. Buy your tickets here soon, as this event always sells out!