Harvest Events Around Wine Country

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calverasGrapeStomp.jpgGOLD COUNTRY
October 1 -- Calaveras Grape Stomp
Celebration, Wine Education: 25 lbs of freshly picked wine grapes, a half wine barrel with a spout, a partner and you. It's Calaveras Grape Stomp time, bringing thousands of spirited stompers and gawkers to enjoy a full day of frivolity. In conjunction with Murphys Gold Rush Street Faire, Main Street, Murphys CA
Fee: Free; Time: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Phone Number: 209-754-0127

LIVERMORE
September 16-18 -- Harvest Festival
Festival: Hundreds of booths featuring handmade art, photography, ceramics, blown glass, toys, jewelry, food and more. All day stage and strolling entertainment.
Location: Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton CA
Fee: $9 Adults/$7 Seniors/$4 Youth; Time: Fri & Sat 10a.m.-6p.m/Sun 10a.m.-5p.m.
Phone Number: 415-447-3205

October 1 -- Harvest Tour & Tasting at Wente Vineyards
Wine Education: Wente Vineyards invites you to experience the winery as never before with this rare behind the scenes tour and tasting during the upcoming 2011 harvest. Learn how Wente Vineyards produces world class wines. See the processing first hand and sample some current vintages from our small lot winery as well as wines aged to perfection from our library. Reservations required.
Location: 5565 Tesla Road, Livermore CA
Fee: $20/$15 Wine Club Members; Time: 10am, 12pm, 2pm & 4pm
Phone Number: 924-456-2305

MENDOCINO
October 8 -- Breggo Winemaker Harvest Luncheon & Tour
Celebration: Join us as we host an intimate "Ripe for the Picking" Harvest Luncheon with Winemaker Ryan Hodgins. Twenty ticketed guests will join us in the cellar to experience a chef-prepared luncheon inspired by our fall releases.
Location: 11001 Highway 128, Boonville CA
Fee: $35/$25 Club Members; Time: 1pm - 4 pm; Phone Number: 707-895-9589

October 22 - 23 -- Hopland Passport Weekend
Wine Education: This year's theme is "Aged to Perfection". With seventeen participating wineries pouring their best wines, incredible food pairings at each stop, and opportunities to experience tours, art installations, and live music, Hopland is the place to be for wine lovers!
Fee: $45/$55 During the Event; Time: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Phone Number: 800-564-2582
SLO/PASO ROBLES
September 24 - 25 -- California Crush Encounter I & II
Wine Education: The one or two day grape escape lets you pick, crush, sip and stomp with Silver Horse Winery. Have fun while learning about wine from First Crush and our friends at Silver Horse! Get a first-hand look at how wine grapes are harvested while taking part in the action and also bottling your own wine.
Location: 2995 Pleasant Road, San Miguel CA
Fee: $255 One Day/$465 Two Day; Time: 9am; Phone Number: 805-434-2772

September 29-October 2 -- Sunset - Savor the Central Coast
Wine Education, Celebration: Experience this one-of-a-kind culinary, wine and tourism event showcasing area winemakers, chefs and artisan food producers. Sunset Magazine's expert editors guide attendees through outdoor adventures and farm excursions, plus join guests at exclusive winemaker dinners and amazing culinary showcases by celebrity chefs. Visit our website for complete schedule of events.
Main event at Santa Margarita Ranch, 9000 Yerba Buena Avenue, Santa Margarita CA
Fee: Varies; Time: Varies; Phone Number: 805-541-8000

pasoRoblesHarvestWineWeekend.jpgOctober 21 - 23 -- Paso Robles Harvest Wine Weekend
Celebration, Wine Education: This three-day annual celebration is a combination of individual events held at more than 150 wineries throughout Paso Robles Wine Country. During the weekend, wineries invite you to join them in the vineyard and the crush pad to experience harvest practices first hand as they work overtime to produce the finest Paso Robles wines.
Fee: Tasting Room Fees Vary; Time: Varies; Phone Number: 805-239-8463

October 28-30 -- Grand Harvest Tour de Vin
Wine Education: Get a taste of what wine making is really like with this "backstage pass" to the Paso Robles wine industry. During the weekend you'll learn about wine from "berry to bottle" through behind-the-scenes vineyard and winery tours, hands-on wine experiences, educational wine tastings and food pairings. Visit us online for more information and reservations.
Location: First Crush Cellars, 2995 Pleasant Road, San Miguel CA
Fee: $744; Time: Fri 4pm - Sun 2pm; Phone Number: 805-434-2772

SANTA BARBARA
September 24 -- Crush Party at Gainey Vineyard
Celebration, Live Music: Enjoy an afternoon of grape-picking in the vineyards, cooking demonstrations, wine aroma demonstration, barrel tastings, barrel building demonstration, the infamous BAREFOOT GRAPE STOMP, hay rides through the vineyard, award- winning Gainey wines, souvenir wine glass and our special Tri-Tip and Chicken Santa Ynez Barbecue. Reservations required.
Location: 3950 East Hwy 246, Santa Ynez CA
Fee: $85/$75 Gainey & Evan's Ranch Wine Club Members; Time: 11am to 4pm
Phone Number: 805-688-0558

October 8 -- Celebration of Harvest Festival
Celebration: Local restaurants, caterers and specialty food purveyors showcase their talents and the bounty of Santa Barbara County, while live and lively bands fill the air with music. Add to that the silent auction, filled with specialty wines and large format bottles from members of the Vintners' Association to benefit local food banks, and we definitely have a reason to Celebrate Harvest!
Location: Rancho Sisquoc Winery, Santa Maria CA
Fee: $65; Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.; Phone Number: 805-688-0881

TEMECULA
September 24 -- Callaway Crush Party
Celebration: It's time to celebrate harvest and the end of summer at this 1st Annual Callaway Crush Party! Barbeque buffet, chocolate fountain dessert bar, sangria and wine on the terrace, sample freshly picked grapes, grape juice, tank samples and barrel samples, live music, dancing, grape crush competitions and more.
Location: 32720 Rancho California Road, Temecula CA
Fee: $90/$81 Legacy Club Members; Time: 5pm-9pm; Phone Number: 951-676-4001

October 2 -- Annual Grape Stomp at Ponte Winery
Celebration, Live Music: You'll dine on sweet corn raviolo, halibut and carved roast beef at our dinner buffet, enjoy tractor rides through the vineyard and dance the night away in the Vineyard Pavilion. Don't forget to enter our Grape Stomp Competition! Feel cool grapes oozing between your toes and stomp through a sea of swirling juice as you and your teammate compete for a case of wine. Children are able to compete in their own grape stomp and get their picture drawn by our caricature artist.
Location: 35053 Rancho California Road, Temecula CA
Fee: $95/$86 Wine Club Members/$46 Children/$41 WC Children; Time: 4pm - 9pm
Phone Number: 951-694-8855

VIRGINIA
September 24-25 -- Chesapeake Bay Wine & Harvest Festival
Festival: Join us at Stratford Hall, the birthplace of Robert E. Lee, for our annual Chesapeake Bay Wine and Harvest Festival. Although wines and wineries will be the highlight of the event, you wouldn't want to miss the variety of distinctive arts and crafts, specialty foods, live music, wine tasting tips and of course, the petting zoo.
Location: Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford VA
Fee: $20 Advance/$25 At the Gate/$10 DD; Time: Sat 11am-6pm/Sun 11am-5pm
Phone Number: 804-493-8038

September 30 - October 2 -- Mt. Vernon Wine Fall Festival & Sunset Tour

Festival, Live Music: Enjoy live blues and spectacular views of the Potomac River while sampling wine from 16 Virginia wineries. Visitors learn about the successes and failures of our Founding Father's wine endeavors, enjoy live blues music, and meet "George and Martha Washington" on the Mansion's piazza. Guests experience an evening tour of George Washington's home and are invited to visit the rarely-open basement where he stored his wine.
Location: 3200 Mt Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mt Vernon VA
Fee: $35 per person; Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Phone Number: 703-780-2000

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