Time to Stomp Some Grapes

Hill Country wineries celebrate harvest

photo by Luke/ CC BY-SA 2.0

These days, grapes are crushed by state-of-the-art machinery, but some Hill Country wineries like to recreate the crushes of the past with grape stomp parties after harvest every summer. Festivities always include wine, food, and music, plus a souvenir t-shirt with grape-stained footprints to document your contribution to the new vintage.

Texas Hills Vineyards - Texas Hills, located near Johnson City, is the eastern-most stop on the Hill Country Wine Road 290. The Gilstraps are hosting their 15th annual grape stomp party this weekend. Stomping is free unless guests want to buy a t-shirt and mark it with hand- or footprints. On Sat., Aug. 15, Dave Lewis of Spicewood Food Company will be sampling his balsamic vinegars and oils all day, and Smokin' Willie's BBQ will serve lunch until 4pm. Stomping will be from 10:30am-5pm. On Sun., Aug. 16, stomping will be from 12:30-4:30pm. On Sat., Aug. 22, Lori Krieger of Taste Elevated will be sampling her condiments and Mike Gomez of Tejas BBQ will serve lunch until he sells out. Stomping will be from 10:30am-5pm.

Fall Creek Vineyards celebrates their 22nd annual grape stomp and Harvest Festival over two weekends at the original winery on Lake Buchanan, near Tow. On Saturdays Aug. 22 and 29, the family-friendly festivities will include barrel-tastings with wine maker Sergio Cuadra , celebrity chef luncheons with Paul Hargrove (08/22) and Mark Schmidt (08/29) for $23.99 per person with seatings at 11:30am and 1:30pm, grape stomping, live music, and games such as pingpong, washer pitching, and bocce ball.

Becker Vineyards Check out new wine releases, some of which are only available at the winery, while stomping grapes to celebrate the harvest. On Sat. & Sun., Aug. 29 & 30 and again on Sept. 5 & 6, stomp for fun and buy a t-shirt to commemorate the occasion. At 3pm on Sun., Sept. 6, compete in the Lucy and the Italian Women Costume Contest where contestants are judged on costume, enthusiasm, and stomping ability.

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