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From Grape Stomps to Circus Acts, Six Ways to Celebrate the Harvest in Wine Country

Phenomenal celebrations in Napa and Sonoma.

Harvest party at Breathless Wines. 

 

Stomp grapes with your mate or hit the farm with the fam; it’s the best time of year to party in wine country. Here are six of the best harvest parties in Napa and Sonoma this fall:

NAPA

Clif Family Farm Fest
September 16 | 3 – 8pm
$95 (21+), $25 (12 – 20), Free (under 12)

Head up to the farm in Pope Valley for a family-friendly day in the country. You can try Clif’s balanced, easy-drinking wines while you talk to the farmers about their organic produce. This ninth annual fest also includes live music, non-alcoholic beverages, treats for kids, farm tours with chickens, hands-on farming stations, and a large lawn for relaxing.

Ehlers Estate Harvest Dance Party
September 23 | 5:30 – 8:30pm
$95

Ehlers is known for its historic winery; full, lush, and silky red wines; and its guitar-playing winemaker Kevin Morrisey. Ehler’s harvest party features a picnic table dinner under the stars paired with their wines, followed by live music by the Novelists as well as Morrisey, and dancing under the stars. Ehler always has “surprise” games with wine-related prizes, so brush up on pin the tail on the donkey.

Paraduxx Harvest Grape Stomp
October 7 | 2– 5pm
$100

Paraduxx boasts complex, powerful, and smooth red blends. A serious place with serious wines and serious fans, Paraduxx lets its hair down during harvest time, so you can get grape juice all over you as you stomp grapes, play corn hole, and eat messy barbecue. You’ll also be able to try newly-released wines and sample some of the next vintage right out of the barrel.

SONOMA

Breathless Sparkling Wines Cirque Celebration
September 17 | 1-3pm and 4-6pm
$29

A Gatsby dress-up party with wild circus acts, this celebration pairs crisp sparkling wines with tasty bites. Their first cirque celebration was a hit with locals and lovers of sparkling wine, so it has become an annual party that honors their vintage 1920s style. Costumes are encouraged, but if you decide not to play along they won’t treat you like a clown.

Ram’s Gate Harvest Celebration
September 24 | 4pm till the party ends
$138

One of the closest wineries to San Francisco, Ram’s Gate is known for hip private rooms and culinary pairings. They open their doors at harvest time with a shuck-your-own-oyster party, fresh pressed grape juice, and whole roasted pig. Known for their chardonnays and pinot (they make seven of each) Ram’s Gate also makes some very cool syrahs. Given the breadth of their wines and styles, this is a great party to find your palate and a designated driver.

Larson Family Harvest Hoedown
October 22 | 11am – 3pm
$60 (21+), $27 (4 – 20), Free (under 3)

Dress up like a cowgirl or boy and bring the whole family to this Western-themed hoedown. They’ll be roasting whole pigs, playing live music, putting up a jump house, offering wagon and pony rides, and yes, stomping grapes. Later in the year than most harvest parties, this celebration is perfect if you missed the September fun. They also have a four bedroom guest house, so book early if you want to make a night of it.

 

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