Join in the celebration of the 2018 wine harvest by participating in festivals, luncheons, dinners, crush parties, wine 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. You can stomp grapes or dine in the vineyard by candlelight, go wine tasting with the winemaker, and even make your own case of rosé. Well, what are you waiting for? The grapes have been brought in and harvest season is here, so make some reservations and get in on the fun.
September 15, 2018, 12 PM – 3 PM
Cost: $185 General Admission, $165 Wine Club (limit 2 tickets per membership)
Inspired by the French tradition of elegant luncheons, this leisurely midday affair in the Stags Leap District vineyard celebrates the beauty and bounty of the Napa Valley. Guests will be greeted with an apéritif, then will enjoy a barrel sampling and a private tour of the estate. The group will gather in the vineyard for a four-course lunch prepared by winery Chef Susan Lassalette. The meal will feature locally grown produce and the chef’s favorite preparation for roast leg of lamb. A sampling of cheeses that perfectly pair with Pine Ridge Vineyards 2014 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon will finish the meal.
5901 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558, (800) 575-9777
Monday – Thursday, September 17 – November 2, 2018, 12 PM
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars is offering a special Harvest Menu for its luxury experience —The Cellarius Kitchen Experience with Chef Travis Westrope. This tasting allows Chef Travis to push the boundaries of wine and food pairing menus. Using only the freshest, local ingredients, he introduces guests to the individuality of all the Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ wines with dishes that both complement and contrast the unique flavors and aromas.Guests will enjoy the following wines: 2016 ARCADIA Vineyard Chardonnay, 2015 FAY Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 S.L.V. Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2015 CASK 23 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.
5766 Silverado Trail, Napa CA 94558, (707) 261-6410
October 20, 2018, 5 PM – 8:30 PM
Cost: $95 General Admission, $75 Wine Club Members
Don’t miss this one at Robert Hall Winery. The Fishing Pig features Tognazzini’s Dockside Restaurant in Morro Bay, who will be providing an array of seafood including oysters, shrimp tacos, crab cakes, as well as smoked ribs, pork tacos, pulled pork sliders, and sausage. Robert Hall wines will be presented at specialty tasting bars. Guests have the opportunity to do a barrel tasting with Winemaker Don Brady and participate in a blending session. There will be a raffle prize to win a Double Magnum of Robert Hall wines.
3443 Mill Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446, (805) 239-1616
September 8 – October 6, 2018, 10 AM – 1 PM
Cost: $75 General Admission, $60 Wine Club Member
Seghesio family members Jim and Ned Neumiller, who are 4th and 5th generation vineyard managers, will lead guests on an adventure through the 120-year-old vines at the Home Ranch estate where it all began in 1895. Ideal for anyone who loves old vine Zin and getting outdoors; guests will explore the zinfandel and Italian varietals on this historic property as they make their way to the top of picturesque Rattlesnake Hill. There will be plenty of hydration stops along the way (both wine and water) and the hard work will be rewarded with a delicious lunch paired with Seghesio wines served at a scenic perch overlooking the stunning Alexander Valley.
24035 Chianti Road, Cloverdale, CA 95425, (707) 433-3579
September 13, 2018, 9 AM – 12 PM
Cost: $80 General Admission, $64 Wine Club Member
Meadowcroft Wines Harvest Experience is dedicated to the celebration of the harvest. To start the morning, guests will meet in the Meadowcroft Tasting Room in Sonoma Valley. Owner Tom Meadowcroft will lead attendees to the vineyard to help in the winery’s harvest 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 attendees will be rewarded with a light breakfast in their sunny vineyard.
23574 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, California 95476, (707) 934-4090
September 28 – 30, 2018
Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival is a weekend dedicated to the celebration of harvest, community spirit, and the rich local history. Since 1897, in the Sonoma Valley tradition,this festival has marked 121 years of bountiful agriculture. The festival will include a Family Grape Stomp and Corporate Grape Stomp competition benefitting a local charity, the Annual Firefighter Water Fight, and a musical lineup featuring Sonoma County 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.
Sonoma, CA, 707-996-2109
September 30, 2018, 11 AM – 4 PM
Cost: $150 General Admission, $120 Wine Club Members
Experience the abundance of harvest season and the best of Sonoma County at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens’ second annual Harvest Celebration. Enjoy farm-fresh produce straight from their garden, live cooking demonstrations and thoughtfully curated food pairings from local favorites and Bravo TV Top Chefs, unique plates from select local purveyors, dynamic educational seminars – featuring everything from wine blending to truffle hunting; barrel making to mozzarella stretching – outdoor painting sessions, live music, and, of course, exceptional Kendall-Jackson wines.
5007 Fulton Road, Fulton, CA 95439, (800) 769-3649
November 3, 2018, 11 AM – 4 PM
Cost: $20-per person
The Extra Virgin Olive Festival at B.R. Cohn Winery will feature a hand harvest of 160-year-old heritage olive trees on the grounds of this picturesque Sonoma Valley winery. The festival, which is in its third year, is all about discovering and celebrating the delicious ancient fruit through cooking demonstrations, sessions led by educators and cookbook authors, and the sampling of award-winning olive oils and gourmet food. Attendees can enjoy a special blessing of the olives and delicious grub from local food trucks. And yes, there will be wine.
15000 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen, California 95442, (707) 938-4064
September 29, 7:30 PM – 10 PM
Cost: $89 General Admission, $99 for early access at 7 PM
September is California Wine Month so come and celebrate Temecula style. This Crush 2018 event showcases the wines of 30+ member wineries in one location with culinary creations from over fifteen 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 the sweet sounds of Kai Kalama.
35820 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA. 92591, (951) 491-6551
September 9, 2018, 12 PM -7 PM
Wagner Vineyards and Wagner Valley Brewing Co. are hosting the Sun-Sational Summer Sendoff on Sunday, September 9th to make the most of the last bit of summer. This family-friendly, free event is a fundraiser to benefit the Lodi Historical Society and a natural fit for the Wagner Family who has been growing grapes in Lodi for 5 generations. Lawn games, live music, food, root beer floats for the kids, Wagner wines and beers on offer while you enjoy one of the best views in the Finger Lakes, and take in the breathtaking sunset over the vineyards.
9322 State Route 414, Lodi, NY 14860, (607) 582-6450
September 15 – 16, 2018, 12 PM – 4 PM
Cost: General admission $15 and lobster dinner $58
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, wine, and live music with a panoramic view of Seneca Lake as the backdrop 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
September 2, 2018, 7 AM – 5 PM
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 the Stoller Family Estate as the scenic course winds through stunning Wine Country and past charming towns. At the finish, be ready for great wines at the post-race 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 that will remind you of Burgundy, France.
September 8, 2018, 6 PM – 8 PM
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 fresh-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
September 8, 2018, 6 PM – 8 PM
Left Coast Cellars in the McMinnville AVA is located just 15 minutes northwest of Salem, Oregon. On the eve of harvest, guests are invited out into the vineyards for a special dinner. Share this elegant evening with the family of owners and winemakers among the vines for the annual Harvest Dinner. A five-course meal will be provided by the talented house chefs paired with Left Coast wines. Spectacular sunset views serve as a fitting finale to this memorable event.
4225 N. Pacific Highway, 99W, Rickreall, OR 97371, (503) 831-4916
Sept. 22, 2018, 9 AM Cost: $50 reservation deposit to be used towards your final product case purchase
As the Pacific Northwest’s first alternating proprietorship and first winery built to LEED standards, the highly collaborative Carlton Winemakers Studio in the heart of Willamette Valley has more than fifteen years of history as a winemaking home and launch pad for some of Oregon’s most pioneering winemakers. Currently, more than a dozen groundbreaking, artisanal winemakers are crafting unique bottlings on site. Thus, the winery is always buzzing at harvest and the studio’s tasting room is always filled with an eclectic selection of Oregon and Washington wines in an array of styles.
The Carlton Winemakers Studio’s exciting harvest event Make Your Own Rosé! will give guests an immersive experience of making a rosé wine. The 4-hour adventure will begin at 9 AM in the vineyard picking grapes, move to the fruit press, followed by a boxed lunch and an educational discussion and tasting of several finished rosé wines.
801 N. Scott Street, Carlton, OR 9711, (503) 852-6100
September 22 – 23, 11 AM – 6 PM
Cost: $15 General Admission, $10 Wine Club Members, $5 Kids Stomp
Enjoy a relaxing day at the vineyard with wine tasting, food pairings, and live music. Join the friendly 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
September 1-2, 2018, Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM, Sunday 12 PM – 6 PM
The Annual Grape Stomp is a great way to not only see the grape-stomping process but you may also participate if you wish. It’s the traditional way of extracting the juice from grapes to make wine. Purchase a tee 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
September 2, 2018, 4 PM -11 PM
Perfectly timed with wine harvest season, this gala celebration is a food, wine, and music festival held to showcase The Inn at Little Washington’s 40th anniversary. Over 20 of The Inn’s former sous chefs, who are now executive chefs around the country, will return to cook a feast. These 20-some dishes will be served along with wine from some of Virginia’s best wineries. This event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to eat a wide variety of dishes prepared by culinary talent who have been trained by one of the most celebrated chefs in America, Patrick O’Connell, and indulge in decadent local wine in the heart of beautiful Wine Country in Rappahannock County, Virginia.
Main and Middle Streets, Washington, VA 22747, 540-675-3800
September 29 – 30, 2018, start times vary
Stomp participation and tee shirt with your prints: $25
Fans of the comedy series I Love Lucy, this one is for you. You are cordially invited to join the staff of Bluemont Vineyard and recreate the famous grape-crushing episode. After learning about the crush process, here is your opportunity to roll up your pant legs and try it yourself. Participants walk away with a commemorative t-shirt.
18755 Foggy Bottom Rd, Bluemont, VA 20135, (540) 554-8439
October 19, 2018, 6 PM – 10 PM
Celebrate Loudoun’s rich wine scene during the 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. A three-course meal in the resort’s grand ballroom concludes with a sumptuous dessert paired with local dessert wines.
44050 Woodridge Parkway Leesburg, VA 20176, (703) 729-8400
October 20 – 21, 2018, 11 AM – 6 PM
Celebrate the 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 more than 15,000 oysters in six varieties. You can pair these fresh oysters yourself with various wines while enjoying live music and views of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.
36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane, Purcellville, VA 20132, (540) 668-6299
September 14 – 15, 2018, 7 PM
Cost: $135 General Admission, $120 Wine Club Members
Cairdeas Winery will partner 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. The courses are thoughtfully presented with four featured Cairdeas wines and paired with the fresh ingredients of the season. Harvest is anticipated by mid-September, so you can expect a pre-dinner vineyard and barrelhouse tour to experience the beginning of Cairdeas Winery’s 10th vintage of wine.
31 Winesap Avenue, Manson, WA 98831, (509) 687-0555
September 14, 2018, 4:30 PM
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. Winery tours, local farm stands, including Monteillet Fromagerie & Frog Hollow Farm, lawn games, and music from Rogue Lobster. Mother Nature rules harvest, so until the day arrives it is hard to know exactly which harvest activities will be underway during the party. One thing is for certain though — they will be making wine,
41 Lowden School Rd, Lowden, WA 99360, (509) 525-0940
October 6, 2018, 12 PM – 5 PM
Learn about the history behind this winery family who were once pear farmers in this valley. The 5,000 square foot log home at the winery was built by founders Louie & Judy Wagoner and features murals in their cellar that tell the story of the Wagoner’s commitment to their land. The log house is now home to Icicle Ridge Winery and has been featured in numerous magazines including “Log Home Living.” The 80 acres of land the home sits on is a former orchard Louie worked in as a young man. The October harvest season brings this stomp event where you can crush grapes with your bare feet, enjoy some delicious chili, and Icicle Ridge wines.
8977 North Road, Peshastin, WA. 98847, (509) 548-7019
October 6, 2018, 4 PM – 7 PM
Join Basel Cellars and the Jonathan Harris band for their “Harvest Party in The Cellar” on 9th street. Celebrate the Columbia Cascade wine-growing region here in the village of Leavenworth in central Washington, where the architecture of the shops, lodging, and restaurants on the main street are distinctly Bavarian in style. Wear a costume to the party (Bavarian or not) and you can enter to win a prize in the costume contest.
217 9th Street, Suite A, Leavenworth, WA. 98826, 509-888-7054
October 13, 2018, 12 PM – 5 PM
Stottle Winery, South Puget Sound’s largest and most-awarded winery, invites you to their annual Harvest Crush Experience. This is a chance to take a tour of the winery with the winemaker to learn their step-by-step process from juice to bottle. Taste the wine in various stages of the production process, including wines in mid-fermentation and those in the barrel, in addition to a tasting of the current releases. Tours run every 45 minutes and celebrated local chef, Treacy Kreger, will be serving up some of his delicious fare, so save room for lunch.
2641 Willamette Dr. NE, Ste E, Lacey, WA 98516, (360) 515-0356
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