Ever since I was little and used to sneak into our bonus room after bedtime to watch I Love Lucy, I’ve wanted to go to a grape stomp. You guys know the scene I’m talking about – a big, grapey mess with soaked feet that supposedly ends in wine.
Well, I finally got to live this 20 year old dream.
Stonewall Creek Vineyards hosted their annual Harvest Stomp in early October, so I called Gail at the vineyard and reserved our shirts and spots!
Limited to 200 people, Stonewall Creek provided grapes, barrels, wine tastings, and t-shirts for their guests to stomp on with grape-covered feet. Each admission ticket also came with 5 tasting tickets, where you got to sample their amazing array of wine. (We ended up buying a bottle of their Boriana to enjoy once we were done with the tastings)
Guests could roll up their pants, stomp some grapes in a barrel, and then step onto the back of a t-shirt to commemorate their time. We let Bear use Matt’s stomp and he thoroughly enjoyed the squish of the grapes between his toes.
We ended up sharing a table with a nice couple from Tiger, and spent the entire afternoon laughing and exchanging stories with those around us. A local joint was selling BBQ plates to hungry patrons, and they had a medley of jams to pair with crackers. Several groups brought their own picnic lunches, and there were sweet dogs running around the property.
What looked like a rainy day ended up being nicely overcast, making the greens of the grape vines so much brighter. It was so much fun watching children playing in the creek on the property.
Stonewall Creek is actually one of my favourite vineyards in the North Georgia area – Carl and Carla do an amazing job of having a welcoming tasting room with really good, affordable wine. We’re usually able to bring one of the dogs to relax on their porch while we enjoy a bottle of wine.