2016’s Harvest Parties Around the U.S.

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  • on AUGUST 8, 2016
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Harvest season is filled with festivals, parties, events, and plenty of grape stomps. From Washington to Virginia, we’ve gathered some can’t-miss events across the country. If you’ll be in any of these cities this harvest season, be sure to hit up these events and join in on the fun.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair

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Sonoma County Events Center
September 30 – October 2, 2016
1350 Bennett Valley Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(707) 545-4200

The annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair is a favorite among both locals and visitors to Sonoma County. Taste the best wine and food pairings from around Sonoma County at the Tasting Pavilion, and after eating and drinking, check out the World Champion Grape Stomp, where teams of two compete to be the fastest to turn a bucket of grapes into juice. You can test your grape stomping skills by signing up for the competition, or you can just cheer on your favorite team from the spectators’ seats. Tickets for the Sonoma County Harvest Fair cost $55.

Insider tip: If you love watching cooking competitions, don’t miss the World Wrapped Competition, where chefs compete to make tortilla wraps using a basket of mystery ingredients.

Fall Creek Vineyards Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival

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Fall Creek Vineyard
August 20 and 27, 2016 at 11 a.m.
1820 County Rd. 222
Tow, TX 78672
(325) 379-5361

At the end of August, head down to Texas Hill Country to experience the Fall Creek Vineyards’ annual grape stomp and harvest festival. This local festival has wine tastings, a demonstration from a celebrity chef, delicious dishes, bocce ball, and ping-pong tables. There’s also plenty to do for kids, including a bouncy castle. And be sure not to miss the main event: grape stomping! Grape stomping is free, so feel free to jump to your heart’s content.

Insider tip: After you’ve finished with all the activities on the ground, take to the skies for a helicopter tour of the vineyard and nearby Lake Buchanan and Fall Creek Falls.

North Willamette Harvest Trail

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Location TBD
October 8 – 9, 2016 at 10 a.m.
North Willamette, OR 97068
(504) 941-0609

This October, join the North Willamette Vintners on a harvest tour of local wineries. During the tour, you’ll get to learn about vineyard farming methods, and you’ll also get up close and personal with a crush pad. At the end of the tour, you’ll get to try sorting and destemming plants. The wineries for this year’s harvest trail are still to be determined, but with so many amazing wineries in the Willamette Valley, you’re guaranteed to get a great tour no matter where you go. Tickets for this fun weekend cost $95.

Insider tip: For a hearty breakfast before your tour, head to Community Plate in McMinnville and grab one of their breakfast burritos.

Shenandoah Uncorked Wine Festival

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The Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns
November 12, 2016
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
261 Caverns Road
Quicksburg, VA 22847
(540) 477-3115

If you want to sample delicious wine from Shenandoah Valley’s top wineries, check out the Shenandoah Uncorked Wine Festival. This family friendly festival has tons of free kids’ events, including mini barrel train rides and pedal tractor races. You can also try wine from 10 local wineries, grab a bite of food prepared by local restaurants, and peruse the agricultural displays.

Insider tip: Don’t miss the Shenandoah Caverns: they’re located right next to the festival’s grounds, and you’ll get a special discount when you show your festival wristband.

Harvest Wine Weekend

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Wineries throughout Paso Robles
October 14 – 16, 2016
Paso Robles, CA 93446

From October 14 to October 16, Paso Robles celebrates its Harvest Wine Weekend, a huge event that features over 140 activities. Hop into local wineries and taste their newest wines, or watch and participate in ceremonial grape stomps. There will also be live music, barrel tastings, winemakers’ dinners, and much more. One thing’s for sure: you’re not going to run out of things to do at this harvest event.

Insider tip: Be sure to pick up a Harvest Wine Weekend Official Guide at any participating winery in Paso Robles. They’re available starting on Labor Day.

Silver Lake Winery Harvest Party

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Silver Lake Winery
September 3, 2016 at 11:45 a.m.
1500 Vintage Rd
Zillah, WA 98953
(425) 485-2437

Silver Lake Winery brings the tropics to Washington at their harvest party. The party starts at 11:45 with a tropical-themed lunch and music from a local band. Then, the party continues on through the afternoon with grape stomping, a balloon toss, and a limbo contest. Throughout the day, enjoy wine by the glass and ice-cold vinoritas as you relax in Silver Lake Winery’s beautiful vineyards.

Insider tip: If you want something to remember the day, be sure to get a souvenir glass and drink combo ticket.

School Street Wine Stroll

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Lodi District Chamber of Commerce
October 15, 2016
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
35 S. School St.
Lodi, CA 95240
(209) 367-7840

Take a stroll through Lodi’s School Street, and sample some of the best wines that Lodi has to offer. Approximately 25 local wineries participate in the celebration, offering new wines along with food tastings. Tickets are $35 presale and $40 at the door, and each ticket includes a wine stroll map and a keepsake glass.

Insider tip: Park in the free parking garage on the corner of Elm Street and Sacramento Street—the wine stroll is just a block away.

26th Annual Oregon Grape Stomp Championship & Harvest Celebration

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Willamette Valley Vineyards
September 24 and 25, 2016 at 11 a.m.
8800 Enchanted Way SE
Turner, OR 97392
(503) 588-9463

At Willamette Valley Vineyards, harvest season begins with a stomp. On September 24 and 25, the vineyard hosts their annual Grape Stomp Championship and Harvest Celebration. Anyone who wants to can compete in teams of two for the title of Champion Grape Stomper. The celebration also includes live music, food pairings, and new wine releases. Guests are encouraged to come in costume—there are prizes given for the best dressed.

Insider tip: If you have kids with you, check out the quirky Enchanted Forest amusement park. It’s located right next door to Willamette Valley Vineyards.

The harvest season is a busy time for wine regions across the country, filled with can’t-miss festivals and events. If you’re planning a trip to Wine Country this harvest season, be sure to check out these harvest events.