It’s that time of year again! Texas grapes are well on their way to ripening and will soon be ready for harvest. Harvest season in Texas starts in July and runs through August and sometime September in more northern regions. During the beginning of harvest season, many wineries throughout Texas host grape stomping events, where guests can extract grape juice with their feet. While every event varies, we’ve compiled a thorough list of harvest and grape stomping events in Texas for you to enjoy.
Here are the top five things we think you should know before attending a grape stomp this year.
- Plan Ahead. Please call ahead before traveling to any of these venues and events. Many require advanced purchase tickets or reservations. Some winery events are for members only and some are open to the public. Events that offer food and wine often require a fee and/or advanced reservations. There is still some time to plan ahead.
- Plan Your Outfit Accordingly. Stomping is a messy endeavor and you’ll likely end up with sticky grape juice all over your legs. Resist the urge to wear your cutest maxi dress or new pair of pants, and stick with something that you’re comfortable getting messy.
- Get Social. One of the best ways to support the Texas wine industry is to let everyone know about it. If you’re sharing your photos throughout the day on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, make sure you tag the winery and use any designated event hashtags! Also, follow the wineries where you’d like to attend an event to stay up to date on happenings.
- Capture the Moment. This is an event that you’re going to want to document, so bring your camera (or cell phone) with you! Taking a video of the stomp is also a great idea to catch all the action. Share your photos with Texas Wine Lover on our Facebook page or in our Facebook group!
- Stay Hydrated and Shaded. July in Texas is HOT! While wine is considered a liquid, it’s best to bring plenty of water and stay hydrated. Start hydrating yourself the day before the event and continue to drink water throughout the event—that way you’ll be in tip-top grape stomping shape! Bring sunscreen and a hat too.
Get out there and enjoy some of these fun filled grape stomps! And, by the way, when you go to a harvest party or grape stomp in Texas, tell them Texas Wine Lover sent you! Cheers!
Saturday July 1 to August 13
Windy Winery is holding their Grape Stomp on Saturday where you get to start in the vineyard, pick some grapes, pour grapes in the barrel, and then stomp and squish them to music, all while getting your feet nice and purple that you get to save on a keepsake t-shirt. There will be six weekends of stomping so check their website’s PDF file for more information.
Saturday July 15, Saturday August 19, Saturday August 26, Sunday September 3
Haak Vineyards & Winery
Enjoy three fun events centered around grape stomping with live music and Fun for the whole family. Check their website for the three events. Free to attend.
Saturday July 22 to Sunday August 13
Pleasant Hill Winery
Join Pleasant Hill for four big weekends of grape stomping this year. You get purple feet and a special t-shirt with “I picked. I stomped. I made some wine.” on it. Check their website for more information.
Saturday July 22
Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard & Winery
Come join the fun from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Enoch’s Stomp White Grape Harvest Festival. Harvest and foot stomp grapes. Enter the grape stomping contest. Purchase a customized t-shirt. Observe the grape crushing process. Enjoy a gourmet meal and listen to live music. Taste wine. Take a tour or just drop by to people watch and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Read more and make reservations on their website.
Saturday July 22
Texas SouthWind Vineyard & Winery
Join Texas SouthWind for their 5th annual grape harvest from 5 – 9 p.m. Dinner and refreshments will be provided after harvest. RSVP using their contact information on their website.
Kick off your shoes and join them for an unforgettable experience with barefoot grape stomping fun. Featuring an Italian mean of spaghetti, tossed salad, bread and dessert along with two glasses of delicious Blue Lotus wines. Reservations required.
Friday July 28 to Saturday August 26
Bryan and Fredericksburg
Enjoy a unique, all-day experience including grape picking and stomping, wine tasting classes and their exclusive Vineyard Cuisine at either of Messina Hof’s fantastic locations.
Check the various locations for more information.
- Bryan – Friday July 28 to Saturday August 19
- Fredericksburg – Friday August 25 to Saturday August 26
Saturday August 5
Westcave Cellar’s grape stomp will tqke place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Keep watching their calendar page for more information when it is posted.
Saturday August 12
Dry Comal Creek Vineyards
Grape Stomp 2017. Fun event for those with a competitive spirit. Any two adults can participate in this event. One will do the “stomping” and the other will do the “collecting.” The couple producing the most juice in the allotted time wins! $150 for a team of 2 plus tax and includes live music, catered lunch, 2 glasses of wine, 1 logoed wine glass, and a commemorative t-shirt for each participant. Winners will get their names on the label of the 2017 Foot Pressed Red Table Wine. More information and to make reservations.
Saturday August 19, Saturday August 26
Fall Creek Vineyards
Grapestomp at Fall Creek Vineyards in Tow has multiple events you can participate in. During one of the two days, you have a choice of boat cruises to Fall Creek Falls, patio lunches, and tasting with winemaker Sergio Cuadra. Check the events page for all the times and events where you can make reservations.
Saturday August 12
The 5th Annual Hands On Harvest 2017 will take place early starting at 8:30 a.m. for picking, followed by processing the harvested grapes, and then lunch. Dress appropriately and wear proper head covering for a hot August day. Water will be provided throughout the morning. A harvest t-shirt included in price. Note that this is a Member Only event. Tickets will be coming soon on their web page for the grape stomp.
Saturday August 26, Sunday August 27
Join the 21st Annual Grape Stomp at Becker Vineyards where the tradition continues. Join the winery for what they call the best Grape Stomp in the Texas Hill Country. This is a complimentary event with no reservations required.
Friday August 11 to Sunday September 3
Celebrate the grape harvest by stomping grapes, listening to live music, and enjoying award-winning wines. Souvenir t-shirts will be available for purchase for $16 on which to place your purply footprints. Stomping is free. Regular tasting fees apply. Check the various weekend dates:
- Friday August 11 to Sunday August 13
- Friday August 18 to Sunday August 20
- Friday August 25 to Sunday August 27
- Friday September 1 to Sunday September 3
Sunday August 13
Chisholm Trail Winery
Wine Club Grape Stomp and Pig Roast. Reservations Required.
Saturday August 19-Sunday August 20, Saturday August 26-Sunday August 27
William Chris Vineyards
Every year William Chris Vineyards does “Grape Punch.” They want people to actually understand a part of winemaking, so they do 2-3 sessions a day over three days in August. During the session, they explain the entire process of grape to fermented juice, what extended maceration is, why punch downs are done, and then you can scrub your arms to your shoulders to conduct a punch down. The sessions are usually for 20 person groups and the process lasts 30 minutes to an hour. William Chris also has a harvest dinner, but that sells out to the wine club. Keep checking their website’s event page for more information when it is posted.
Saturday September 2
Chisholm Trail Winery
Come join the fun at the annual grape stomp. The Grape Stomp is open to the public.
Sunday August 6, Sunday September 3
Join Bernhardt Winery for two days of grape stomping fun. The first is Sunday, August 6 followed by the band Bayou Roux. Then join the Labor Day celebration concert & Grape Stomp Festival at Bernhardt Winery featuring Shake Russell. All information is on the Bernhardt Winery website.
Thursday September 14 to Sunday September 17
City of Grapevine
So, just how fast can your feet fly at GrapeStomp? Two-person teams create their own special “I Love Lucy” moment and take turns stomping approximately 18 pounds of grapes for two minutes. Teams that stomp the most juice are eligible to participate in the Grand Championship StompOff on Sunday, September 17. GrapeStomp is great fun for the whole family. You might even try to step up to the GrapeStomp challenge. Sessions are held throughout the weekend and fill up quickly so get there early to register. Entry fee is $5 per person and does not include festival admission. See their website for more information.