Your Guide to Fun Wine Harvest Events Around the USA

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  • by MICHELLE WINNER
  • on AUGUST 13, 2019
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Join in the celebration of the 2019 wine harvest by participating in festivals, luncheons, dinners, crush parties, grape stomps, vineyard hikes, and even a half marathon run through Wine Country. We’ve collected a sampling of events for you to consider across the United States, from New York’s Finger Lakes to the hills of Sonoma, Virginia to Texas, Washington, Oregon, and Napa. The grapes are being brought in and harvest season is here, so make some reservations and get in on the fun.

California, Napa Valley
California, Paso Robles
California, Sonoma County
California, Temecula Valley
New York
Oregon
Texas
Virginia
Washington


CALIFORNIA, NAPA VALLEY

Courtesy of Facebook: Pine Ridge Vineyards

Stags On A September Afternoon

Pine Ridge Vineyards

September 21, 2019, 4 – 6 PM
Cost: $80 per person, $65 for Wine Club Members (limit 2 tickets per membership)

This afternoon affair in the Stags Leap District celebrates the newly released vintage of the winery’s signature Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon. Guests will enjoy live music, a variety of estate wines, and delicious bites paired with each wine for a fun way to ring in harvest with fellow wine enthusiasts.

5901 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558, (800) 575-9777

Experience Harvest at Stag’s Leap

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

September 28, 2019, 9 AM – 1 PM
Cost: $175 per person, $150 for Wine Club Members

Experience harvest with Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ winemaker Marcus Notaro during this morning event showcasing tactical harvest fun. Guests will have the chance to learn about all that goes into harvesting Napa Valley grapes through a hands-on, immersive experience. A seated al fresco lunch paired with some of the winery’s finest Napa Valley wines will be the reward after all that hard work.

5766 Silverado Trail, Napa CA 94558, (707) 261-6410

CALIFORNIA, PASO ROBLES

Courtesy of Facebook: Robert Hall Winery

Harvest Wine Weekend

Various Wineries in Paso Robles

October 18 – 20, 2019
Cost: Some events are complimentary

Those looking for a full weekend of harvest celebrations won’t want to miss Paso Robles’ Harvest Wine Weekend, where participating wineries offer live music, barbeques, barrel samples, complimentary tastings, and more. In fact, there are over 140 activities throughout the weekend, from winemaker dinners to ceremonial grape stomps, so there’s no shortage of fun activities to choose from.

Harvest Festival — Carnaval!

Robert Hall Winery

October 19, 2019, 5:30 – 8:30 PM
Cost: $120 per person, $100 for Wine Club Members

This unforgettable evening celebrates the harvest season, Mardi Gras style. Robert Hall wines will be presented alongside Brazilian-style BBQ, live Samba music, and festive dancers. The evening kicks off with a happy hour featuring traditional Brazilian appetizers before guests will be invited to feast on a variety of South American delicacies, including spicy vegetable shrimp, barbequed meats, and sweet tamales. It promises to be a colorful, fun-filled event.

3443 Mill Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446, (805) 239-1616

CALIFORNIA, SONOMA COUNTY

Courtesy of Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival

Meadowcroft Wines Hands-On Harvest Experience

Meadowcroft Wines

September 20, 2019, 9 AM – 12 PM
Cost: $80 per person, $64 for Wine Club Members

Meadowcroft Wines’ Hands-On Harvest Experience allows guests to experience harvest up close and personal. Owner Tom Meadowcroft will lead attendees to the vineyard to help in the winery’s harvesting of pinot noir grapes. Sheers in hand, visitors will hand-pick grapes, getting a real taste for what the harvest experience is like. Following a morning in the fields, hungry guests will be rewarded with a light breakfast at their tasting room.

23574 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, California 95476, (707) 934-4090

Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival

Sonoma Plaza

September 27 – 29, 2019
Cost: Free for some events, $100+ for Friday Gala, $25-$65 for Sunday Races

Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival is a weekend dedicated to the celebration of harvest, community spirit, and the rich local history. Since 1897, this Sonoma Valley tradition has marked years of bountiful agriculture in Sonoma County. The festival will include a fun grape stomp competition benefitting a local charity, the Annual Firefighter Water Fight, and a musical lineup featuring local bands. Additionally, there will be a Get Your Glow on Parade where guests can dress up and light up their own floats, continuing the tradition of California’s second-longest-running parade.

453 First Street E, Sonoma, CA 95476, (707) 996-2109

CALIFORNIA, TEMECULA

Courtesy of Facebook: Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association

Crush 2019 — A Wine and Culinary Showcase

Monte De Oro Winery

September 28, 2019, 7:30 – 10 PM
Cost: $99 General Admission, $109 for early access at 7 PM

September is California Wine Month so come and celebrate in true Temecula fashion. This Crush 2019 event showcases the wines of 30+ member wineries in one location, with culinary creations from over 15 wineries, local restaurants, and caterers. Mix and mingle with winery owners and winemakers at this walk-about tasting of culinary delights and award-winning Temecula wines as you listen to live music.

35820 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA. 92591, (951) 491-6551

NEW YORK

Wagner Vineyards, Courtesy of Finger Lakes Wine Country / Picasa

HarFest

Wagner Vineyards

October 25, 2019, 8 PM – 12 AM
Cost: $10 per person

The annual HarFest Bash at Wagner Vineyards is a great way to close out the harvest season. This over 21 event is held indoors at the winery’s Ginny Lee Cafe where guests can don their festive Halloween costumes and dance to the music of a live DJ without worrying about the weather outside. There will be a special brew from Wagner Valley Brewing Co., an exclusive menu of festive foods available for purchase, and a costume contest for those ready to bring their dress-up A-game.

9322 State Route 414, Lodi, NY 14860, (607) 582-6450

Leaves & Lobster on the Lawn

Glenora Wine Cellars

September 14 – 15, 2019, 12 – 5 PM
Cost: $15 per person, $59.99 for lobster dinner

Lobster and wine? It’s divine. Leaves & Lobster on the Lawn at Glenora Wine Cellars combines a fresh lobster bake with all of the fixings, as well as wine and live music with a panoramic view of Seneca Lake in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes Wine Country. Guests can opt to purchase the full lobster dinner, which includes a whole Maine Lobster, steamed clams, local salt potatoes, freshly-picked local sweet corn, homemade coleslaw, rolls, homemade brownies, and iced tea, or a general admission pass. For those purchasing general admission, a la carte menu choices are available. Glenora wines will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle throughout the event.

5435 State Route 14, Dundee, NY 14837, (800) 243-5513

OREGON

Courtesy of Alloro Vineyard

Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon

Carlton, Oregon

September 1, 2019, 7 AM
Cost: $49 and up

Stretch out, lace up, and run the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon in the heart of the Willamette Valley. You’ll enjoy incredible sunrise views from the start at Stoller Family Estate as the scenic course winds through stunning Wine Country and past charming towns. At the finish line, be ready for great wines at the Wine & Music Festival presented by Ken Wright Cellars. The Willamette Valley is known the world over for its nuanced pinot noir and chardonnay grown here amongst the natural beauty of the hills reminiscent of Burgundy, France.

16161 NE McDougall Road, Dayton, OR 97114

Alloro Vineyard’s Whole Farm Dinner

Alloro Vineyard

September 9, 2019, 6:30 PM
Cost: $140

This Whole Farm Dinner is ‘farm-to-farmhouse’ in the purest form at this small, ultra-premium producer of estate wines in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. The passion of caring for the land, cultivating its greatest offerings, and joining friends at the table is all here at the Estate and farm. The food doesn’t travel far, as more than 90% of the ingredients come from the property. Each September Alloro collaborates with one of Oregon’s great chefs to craft a menu of freshly-picked heirloom tomatoes, eggs from the nest box, aromatic herbs, lamb, and grass-fed beef — just a few of the estate-grown ingredients they share at this annual celebration. The menu is designed to showcase the unique qualities of individual Alloro Vineyard wines and the gifts of abundance from the estate soil.

22075 SW Lebeau Road, Sherwood, OR 97140, (503) 625-1978

The 28th Annual Oregon Grape Stomp Championship & Harvest Celebration

Willamette Valley Vineyards

September 21 – 22, 2019, 11 AM – 6 PM
Cost: $15 General Admission, $10 for Wine Club Members, $5 for Kids Stomp

Enjoy a relaxing day at the vineyard with wine tasting, food pairings, and live music. Join the friendly grape stomping competition in teams of two for a chance to earn a trip to the World Champion Grape Stomp in Santa Rosa, California. Come outfitted in costumes or team uniforms and prizes will be awarded for “Best Dressed.” Winery Chef DJ MacIntyre will be offering a special harvest menu for purchase to enjoy with wine.

8800 Enchanted Way SE, Turner, OR, 97392, (503) 588-9563

TEXAS

Annual Grape Stomp at Becker Vineyards, Courtesy of Facebook: Becker Vineyards

Annual Grape Stomp

Becker Vineyards

August 24 – 25, 2019, Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM, Sunday 12 – 6 PM
Cost: Free

The Annual Grape Stomp is a great way to not only see the grape-stomping process, but attendees can also participate. It’s the traditional way of extracting the juice from grapes to make wine. Purchase a t-shirt and put your own “stomp” prints on the back as a unique souvenir. Wine tasting is available at the Winery Tasting Room and the Verandah Bar. Order wines by the glass or bottle along with cheese and charcuterie. Food trucks will be there too, so make a day of it and create a memorable experience.

464 Becker Farms Road, Stonewall, TX 78671, (830) 644-2681

VIRGINIA

Courtesy of Breaux Vineyards

Loudoun Wine Awards

Lansdowne Resort

October 25, 2019, 6 PM
Cost: $89 and up

Celebrate Loudoun’s rich wine scene during the 5th Annual Loudoun Wine Awards at the spectacular Lansdowne Resort & Spa. Wineries from around the county join together to offer visitors a unique night of conviviality and exploration of a variety of award-winning wines. At the tasting reception, try some surprising blends and Virginia’s own varietals while mingling with winemakers and vineyard owners, followed by a three-course meal in the resort’s grand ballroom.

44050 Woodridge Parkway Leesburg, VA 20176, (703) 729-8400

Breaux Harvest Celebration and Oyster Throwdown

Breaux Vineyards

October 19 – 20, 2019, 11 AM – 6 PM
Cost: Free

Celebrate harvest at one of Loudoun’s oldest wineries during the two-day “Harvest Celebration and Oyster Throw Down” at Breaux Vineyards. King Street Oyster Bar will bring oysters in six varieties, offered raw, topped, and grilled. Pair your wine with these fresh oysters yourself, or opt to pair your wine with wood-fired pizza, all while enjoying live music and views of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132, (540) 668-6299

WASHINGTON

Pop-Up Dinner Series at Cairdeas Winery, Courtesy of Cairdeas Winery

Winemaker’s Pop-Up Dinner Series at Cairdeas Winery

Cairdeas Winery

November 16, 2019, 7 PM
Cost: $135 per person, $120 for Wine Club Members

Cairdeas Winery has partnered with Chef Aaron Tekulve of Surrell for the Winemaker’s Pop-Up Dinner Series at their vineyard and tasting room in the Lake Chelan AVA. Chef Aaron will create seven spectacular courses of New American Cuisine featuring ingredients from the very best of Pacific Northwest farmers and purveyors. Courses for this intimate dinner are thoughtfully presented with four featured Cairdeas wines and paired with the freshest ingredients of the season. Also expect a pre-dinner vineyard and barrelhouse tour to experience the beginning of Cairdeas Winery’s 11th vintage of wine.

31 Winesap Avenue, Manson, WA 98831, (509) 687-0555

Annual Harvest Celebration

L’Ecole N° 41

September 13, 2019, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Cost: $25 per person, Complimentary for Wine Club Members (2 tickets)

Come and join the fun at the L’Ecole N° 41 Annual Harvest Celebration. Revel in the season while enjoying a selection of current releases and hors d’oeuvres. Enjoy winery tours, local farm stands, lawn games, and music from Debra Arlyn & The Goodness while taking in the sights and sounds of harvest.

41 Lowden School Road, Lowden, WA 99360, (509) 525-0940


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Michelle Winner

Michelle M. Winner is a world-traveler who prefers to explore countries that make wine. She believes that if there is great wine, there is also great food, and a beautiful destination. Writing food, wine, and travel from her aerie near Mt. Hood, Oregon, she shares her discoveries with our Wine Country readers. Join her on Instagram and Twitter via @culinarytravel.

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