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Winery grape stomp draws all ages

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Every August, many Texas wineries invite people out to crush some grapes to celebrate the annual grape harvest.

At Dry Comal Creek, who hosted their 11th annual event this past weekend, wine barrels were cut in half and filled with grapes, and groups of two were instructed to produce as much juice as possible via stomping barefoot. Each jug of juice was then weighed to determine the champions.

Sabrina Houser, the owner of the vineyard, explained that while the expressed juice isn’t used to make any wine (too much bacteria in the final product, she said), the winery does produce a special commemorative “Foot Pressed” wine for all participants using grapes that were crushed in a sanitary fashion.

Check out the video above to learn more about the event.

While many vineyards have already hosted their version of the event, there are still a few upcoming ones you can check out this month. Becker Vineyards will host their free stomps on the 24 and 25th, Fall Creek Vineyards hosts one with celebrity lunches on the 24th, and Chisholm Trail is throwing one on the 31st.