Last updated on August 16th, 2019
After participating in my first Minnesota grape stomp, I was hooked! Stomping grapes are so much fun. I quickly found out that not all stomps are created equally. Each stomp works differently. Between the barrel configuration, the number of grapes, to the number of people in the barrel at one time. But one thing is for sure, they are a lot of fun.
If you want to give it a try and are afraid of the competition, check out some of the JUST FOR FUN, free stomping events. And if you want to get really good at the technique. Try and participate in a competition that allows children to participate. You can learn the proper mucker techniques and try out different strategies just by doing that.
Minnesota Grape Stomps
Grape Stomp at Parley Lakes Winery
August 17, 2019 in Waconia, Minn.
Each team gets a glass of wine and a commemorative gift. Teams of two will compete to get the most juice in their time slot receive a bottle of wine. Visit ParleyLakeWinery.com for all the details.
Grape Jam and Stomp Festival at Sovereign Estates
September 6-8 in Waconia, Minn
Teams of two complete to collect as much juice as possible. Winning teams will advance to a final competition. Wine tastings, live music, and venue tours are happening all weekend. Friday Admission is free, otherwise, expect to pay $5 per person. Additional Fee’s to stomp. Visit SovereignEstateWine.com for all the details
Grape Stomp at Glacial Ridge Winery
September 7th between Spicer and New London, Minn
Each year there is a new theme for this festival. But there is always a full day of music, tastings, food, vendors and of course a whole lot of stomping. Visit http://glacialridgewinery.com/ for all the details.
Harvest Fest & Grape Stomp at Round Lake Vineyards and Winery
September 7th in Round Lake Minn
Live music, wine tasting, and art vendors come together at this Stomp. Teams of two race to smash the most juice. Visit RoundLakeVineyards.com for more details.
Richwood Winery Grapes Stomp Festival
September 7th in Callaway Minn.
2 people per barrel compete in 6 different heats. This festival has a $10 admission price for anyone 21 and over. But you get a commemorative festival glass. Listen to live music as you enjoy the fun. Visit RichwoodWinery.com for more details.
Grape Stomp Festival at Chateau St. Croix
September 7th-8th in St Croix Falls, Wis
This is a free grape stomp competition at Chateau St. Croix, run at three different times. They select the participants by drawing names. If your name isn’t called, no worries, you can still try it out in-between stomps. The kids can participate in this one too! The winery is designed like a French Chateau. Visit http://www.chateaustcroix.com/ for more details.
Grape Stomp Festival at Saint Croix Vineyards
September 7th-8th in Stillwater, Minn
This is the original grape stomp in Minnesota and its FREE! They select the participants by drawing names. If you aren’t called, you’ll still get a chance to stomp in-between competitions. They award prizes based on the best stomp style, based on audience applause. Take a tour of the winery and enjoy some live music. The kids can participate in this one too! Visit https://www.scvwines.com/ for more details.
Grape Stomp at Carlos Creek Winery
September 14th-18th in Alexandria, Minn
The festival is one of the largest in the state. They include three days of stomping with a grand prize winner each day. Kids can stomp on Sunday. The festival has a large craft show, indoor man cave complete with beer and music everywhere. I recommend visiting on Friday or Sunday to avoid some of the crowds and discounted admission prices. Find out what happened when I went stomping at Carlos Creek Winery.
Next Chapter Winery
September 14th- October 27th in New Prauge, Minn
This event runs a little different because you take part in the harvesting of the grapes as well. It costs $38.99 for adults and $17.99 for children), but includes lunch or dinner, plus all the grapes you can munch on, and winemaking demonstrations. Then you get to take part in the stomping of the grapes! Visit https://www.nextchapterwinery.com/ for more details.
Food & Wine Festival at Dancing Dragonfly Winery
September 14th-15th in St Croix Falls, Wis
In addition to the grape stomp, there is music, shopping, wagon rides, great food, and wine tastings. All stompers get a free t-shirt. The event is free, but there is a $5 parking fee. Visit https://www.dancingdragonflywinery.com/ for more details.
Grape Stomp at Crow River Winery
September 21st in Hutchinson, Minn
Tons of ways to stomp. A children’s heat, two-person, trash the dress and an I Love Lucy competition. They have food trucks on site, wine tastings, and live music. Cost is $35 per team and includes a t-shirt for every participant. I’ve attended this one a few times, and have collected to Award Winning Techniques for you to use. Visit the https://crowriverwinery.com/ for more details.
Northern Grape Stomp at Northern Vineyards
September 21st-22nd in Stillwater, Minn
Located downtown, after you stomp, you’ll get the chance to decorate your souvenir t-shirt with footprints from your stomp. Groups of 2, will stop for 5 mins. Visit https://www.northernvineyards.com/ for more details.
Cambria Crush: The Great Grape Stomp at Morgan Creek Vineyards
October 6th in New Ulm, Minn
This grape stomp is at the start of the New Ulms October fest. Teams of 3-5 people all jump in one barrel to get the most juice out of their grapes. The winner gets a case of wine. The team with the best costume also receives a bottle of their seasonal dessert wine. Visit https://morgancreekvineyards.com/ for more details.
Millner Heritage Winery & Cidery
October 6th-7th in Kimble, Minn
Octoberfest starts with a good glass of wine. All weekend, enjoy live music, games, FREE grape Stomping, and FREE Wine Tasting, guided tours and art booths. You can’t really pass this one up. Visit http://www.millnerheritage.com/ for more details.
Some of My Favorite Question I get about Stomping Grapes
Why are grapes crushed with your feet?
Historically it was the simplest and most fun. But no, commercially produced wine does not use this method to make wine.
Does wine have to be made with grapes?
Nope. Wine can be produced form all kinds of fruits. The key is to ferment it. The basic process is the same as grape wine, but it allows the winemaker to experiment with different flavors. In Minnesota, grapes don’t always produce the quantity needed to meet the demand. That’s where fruit first started making its presence.
How many grapes does it take to make one bottle of wine?
Without getting technical, anywhere from 2.5lbs per bottle. The amount depends on the process, evaporation, size of the barrel produced and pressing technique applied.
What to wear to a grape stomp?
It all depends on the weather since most events are held outdoors. It also depends on your role in the stomp. As I describe in Grape Stomping Tips you want to have something that won’t get messy. Shorts are the best option for the Stomper. The Mucker, need to have a tank top or T-Shirt. Depending on how serious you take it, the mucker may get covered all the way up to their arms and face.
What happens if your clothes get covered in grape juice?
When my daughter wore her brand new pants and forgot to put on shorts underneath, I was horrified. I found that if you spray some Shout Gel Spray on the stains, and it came right out. The grape juice had dried and everything.
How to Participate
If you want to participate, register as soon as possible. Many of the Minnesota grape stomps fill up. Not all stomping locations provide baby oil or spray. I bring a small container of baby oil with me just in case. If they are using purple grapes, it can stain your clothing, so dress accordingly. Check with the location to get the exact details on the stomp you are attending, and prices may have changed.
Make sure, when you are out there to have a little fun. And don’t be afraid to get messy.