Ready for a Grape Stompin’ Good Time?September 13, 2010
When you think of a grape stomping, what comes to mind? The classic “I Love Lucy” episode where Lucy stomps and brawls in a vat of grapes? Same for us. However, the 20th annual, family-friendly Grape Stomping Festival in Summersville is all that and more, without the brawling of course.
Celebrate more than 20 years of winemaking at the Kirkwood Winery during the September 18 – 19 festival which also serves as a celebration of Appalachian artisans and music. Tours, music, artists and plenty of activities for the kids.
Learn About the Grape
Visitors can enjoy tastings, grape stomping and eating competitions, and learn more about southern West Virginia mountains that turn out those round, juicy pieces of goodness that later become great wine. Here just six acres produce more than 40 tons of grapes annually and the old family oak press is still used to produce more than 4,000 gallons of wine annually.
More than 30 different varieties of French Hybrid American varietal, mead, vegetable and other fruit wines will be on hand, in addition to their Isaiah Morgan whiskey. The event staff will help you learn more about the different varieties, suggest food pairings and you get to keep your tasting glass.
Bring The Family
The festival’s family-friendly atmosphere might surprise you most of all. The live music, cloggers and huge blow-up slides and mazes will keep the little ones happy all day long.
If You Go
Admission for adults age 21 and over is $10 which includes wine glass & tastings. Ages 12-20 are $5 and 12 and under are free. Also be sure to take a long a folding chair.
Have you stomped any grapes in your travels? If not, put this festival on your bucket list.