For the third year in a row, the grape harvest at vineyards throughout the Willamette Valley has come early, so grape picking is underway in preparation for plenty of wine making. Harvest time is a time for celebration at many of our local wineries, as they host a variety of events including live music, harvest dinners, and event grape stomps.
Check out these events hosted by area wineries and vineyards to help you get in the autumn spirit:
Silvan Ridge Friday Night Concert Series (Each Friday through October 14, 6 – 8 p.m.): Enjoy free live all-age concerts every Friday through mid-October, along with Silvan Ridge’s famous wood-fired pizzas. Patrons are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair, along with a picnic. This Friday, September 16 is an opportunity to see (and taste!) the first grapes of harvest.
(Photo credit: Silvan Ridge Winery via Facebook)
Willamette Valley Vineyards Oregon Grape Stomp Championship and Harvest Celebration (Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.): This is the 26th year for the Oregon Grape Stomp Championship and Harvest Celebration, and there’s lots going on for the weekend! Sign up to compete or just cheer on teams of two competing for a trip to the World Championship Grape Stomp in California. In addition, guests can enjoy wine tasting, lawn games, and live music.
LaVelle Vineyards Grape Stomp (Sunday, October 9, 12 – 4 p.m.): It’s a full-blown Harvest Celebration at LaVelle Vineyards, starting with a harvest-inspired lunch (accompanied with live music), followed by a tour of the winery, and finishing with the much-anticipated Grape Stomp Contest! Each participant in the stomp will receive a souvenir, and the person who makes the most juice will go home with a special prize.
(Photo credit: LaVelle Vineyards)
Pfeiffer Winery’s Harvest Dinner (Saturday, October 15, 5 – 8 p.m.): Celebrate the season and completion of crush at Pfeiffer Winery! This event will include a delicious harvest dinner buffet, three complimentary glasses of wine, stories of this year’s harvest from the winemakers, and a toast to the Harvest Moon!
(Photo credit: Pfeiffer Winery website)