One of the best things about Harvest time in Santa Ynez valley and Santa Barbara wine country is the annual Celebration of Harvest event. 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 taste what Pinot Noir grapes taste like off the vine. Read below to find out where…
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
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.
Harvest in the Wine Ghetto: Harvest Open Houses, Grape Stomp, Barrel Tastings & Live Graffiti
This new event in the Sta. Rita Hills promises to be one of the best harvest and grape crushing events in Santa Barbara wine country. Stomp your own grapes, taste upcoming vintages and learn about winemaking from Flying Goat’s Norm Yost and other participating wineries like Palmina, Fiddlehead, La Montagne, Holus Bolus, Pali and more. Check out all the open houses, live music, food pairings and more. The event is from 10am-5pm in September and is held at various tasting rooms in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. Find out more here!
Ken Brown Wines: Harvest Open House
Held every October in conjunction with the Celebration of Harvest weekend. Taste new releases, as well as Pinot Noir grapes and fresh juice. Get the details here.