It feel like just yesterday, we were eagerly anticipating the long summer days with which to fill winery trips and trail hopping. As the end of summer quickly approaches, we realize we need to make the most of every hot weekend we have left. (Not to say, we don't LOVE fall and all it has to offer, but summer is always hard to say goodbye to!) The coolest thing about late August and early September are all of the grape stomp events held at Missouri wineries. This traditional method of crushing grapes dates all the way back to the Roman Empire and continues to entertain the masses today! Allow me to present some Missouri winery events that I believe will be an excellent way to send summer on its way and welcome the cooler fall days.
2013 WINERY GRAPE STOMP
Red Fox Winery
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Putting your grape stomping abilities to the test as Red Fox kicks off it's harvest season with their 5th annual Grape Stomp. Pick your partner wisely as a wine basket is the prize up for grabs. You could also compete in their Lucille Ball and Elvis Presley look alike contests. Live music and Argentine style cow roast makes this an event you don't want to miss. Register your grape stomp team here.
4th ANNUAL MEAD FEST
Walnut Grove, MO
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Are you a fan of the Medieval times? The Society of Creative Anachronism of Oakheart will be performing living history along with performances from Gypsy Sol and Project Vagabond. The SmokeShack BBQ of Warsaw will be serving up BBQ and turkey legs, and you can wash it down with cold bottle of 7C's wine and mead. This is a free event.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GRAPE STOMP (and Lucky Look-Alike Contest)
Twin Oaks Wineyard & Winery
Saturday, September 7, 2013
This is the 7th year Twin Oaks has hosted their traditional wine making event, and this year it will benefit Walker Johns Childhood Cancer Foundation. This event boosts big cash prizes for it's top 3 winning teams as well as best costumes and Lucky Look-Alike winners. The event is limited to 35 teams and will go on rain or shine. Register your team here.
GRAPE STOMPING CONTEST
Saturday and Sunday, October 5 & 6
Hemman Winery invites everyone out to join the "Purple Food Club" and stomp some grapes! All you need is a partner and some clean feet. Conact the winery for more information.
VIGNOLES GRAPE HARVEST
Jowler Creek Vineyards & Winery
Saturday September 7 at 8:00 am
Ever wonder what it's like picking grapes? How about a delicious varietal like the Vignoles grape!? Well, Jowler Creek is offering you and your friends a chance to get some fresh air and have a grape picking party! Their grape harvest event begins at 8:00 am where you'll help the winery pick Vignoles grapes. They are providing lunch and the wine of course, but space is limited so contact them today to reserve a spot for you and your friends! RESERVE your spot today by sending an e-mail to info@jowlercree
HARVESTFEST FOR DELTA
Jacob's Vineyard Winery
August 31, from 3 - 12 am
Jacob's Vineyard Winery hosts a great event every year for a great cause. They raise money to support DELTA (Developing Essential Learning Through Agriculture). Their mission is to serve individuals with disabilities by providing agricultural opportunities and training to enhance their everyday living and future livelihood.
They will have a CELTIC band, food, and of course plenty of grapes to stomp. They will also have games available for playing. From what we understand it's a blast!
If you're interested in becoming a sponsor and/or donating (tax deductible!!) then contact one of the following
LAZY DAYS ALONG THE WINE TRAIL (Customer Appreciation Event)
Mississippi River Hills Wine Trail
Month of August
Mississippi River Hills Wine Trail is saying so-long to summer by thanking its visitors and loyal customer! If you visit each of their 6 wineries (Apple Creek Vineyard & Winery, The Barrens Winery, Hemman Winery, Hunter Valley Winery, Rothbrick Winery, & Tower Rock Winery) in the month of August, you'll receive a FREE ticket to Reuther November wine trail event, Taste of Holidays!