This Saturday, October 5, marks a big day for the residents of Calaveras County. It is the date of the 20th anniversary of the Calaveras Grape Stomp, produced by the Calaveras Wine Grape Alliance. Balmy weather, blue skies, fresh produce, great food—everything you need to make an enjoyable day. Add in the opportunity to watch hundreds of crazy, costumed people stomp 3900 pounds of real wine grapes and you have the makings for a very entertaining experience! Do consider making the trip up to Murphys for the day to join in the fun.
At the Grape Stomp, teams of two, a Swabber (sometimes called a Mucker) and a Stomper compete to try and stomp the most juice out of measured amounts of wine grapes. An experienced panel of experts precisely weighs the juice, and prizes are awarded to all the winners. There are special prizes for the top finishers in the Championship Stomp. Teams are encouraged to appear in costume and prizes are awarded for costumes based on originality, design, and effort. But there’s more to the Grape Stomp than just the wanton destruction of two tons of perfectly good fruit. There’s also a terrific silent auction where you can score some key bargains on Calaveras Wines, ski packages at Bear Valley, and other great items.
Make your plans now to join us in Historic Murphys for the 20th Calaveras Grape Stomp on October 5!