Go Grape Stomping in Texas Wine Country!

When you think of grape-stomping, do you picture the episode of I Love Lucy where Lucille Ball is stomping around a large barrel covered in purple juice and just generally looking aghast? Did you know that you can actually go grape stomping like Lucille Ball? Your experience likely won’t be as comical as hers was, although it will likely be just as messy! If you’ve been wanting to go grape stomping like Lucy, you need to head down to Fredericksburg this August and September for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Believe it or not, grape stomping is a practice still actively used by wineries around the world to make wine. In fact, according to Wine Lover’s Magazine, it is oftentimes the preferred method for crushing grapes and getting them to release their juices in order to make great wine. Grape stomping actually dates back thousands of years and was used in many cultures to produce this highly sought-after beverage. Although many American wineries have ditched the practice because it is simply too time consuming, it is still something many wineries do annually and ceremoniously to draw crowds and provide a fun activity for patrons. If grape stomping sounds like something you’d enjoy, book a trip to Texas Hill Country this fall for some fun in the sun with grapes (and wine)!

Not-to-be-missed grape stomping events in Fredericksburg fall 2023

  • Grape Stomp at 290 Wine Castle, August 19 and 20. Get ready for a good time at this winery shaped like a castle in Fredericksburg. Stomp around crushing grapes with your travel mates and make memories in the process. Fun for all!
  • Grape Stomping at Pedernales Cellars, August 26 and 27. Drink some wine, stomp some grapes and have some fun. Commemorate the occasion with a t-shirt bearing the imprint of your wine-soaked foot. Talk about a priceless souvenir!
  • Daytime Harvest Festival at Messina Hof Winery, September 2. Bring the family and head to Messina Hof for a truly fun experience. You and your family will get to pick grapes and then stomp them and commemorate the experience with a souvenir t-shirt. Reserve your tickets in advance to get lunch included in the event, adult beverages optional!
  • Annual Grape Stomp at Becker Vineyards, September 2 and 3. This family-friendly event is first come, first served and will provide fun for everyone. Get your feet wet- literally!- by stomping the day away in a vat of grapes. Stay hydrated during the stomp with water and then indulge in the fruits of your labor after you’re cleaned up.

Cheers, friends!

Fredericksburg lodging

Grape stomping is a great way to fill your days, but, come evening time, you’ll want somewhere to go and relax and recharge after an excellent day spent enjoying the splendor of Texas’ Wine Country. Consider Fredericksburg RV Park, a welcoming spot with lots to offer travelers to the region. Pull up your RV and you’ll be immediately greeted by the gorgeous surroundings and friendly demeanor of this Hill Country spot. The on-site koi pond is delightful to look at, and the laundry facilities and bathrooms are clean and open. Break a sweat in the gym if you want to or relax in the rec room or at the large pavilion and meet new friends. You’ll have so much fun in Fredericksburg you won’t want to leave!


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