Before there were micro brews and Starbucks in Oregon, there was the St Josef’s Grapestomping Festival!
33rd annual! Saturday, Sept 26th & Sunday, Sept 27th 2015.
St Josef’s originated their iconic harvest festival back in 1983 when there were less than 30 wineries in Oregon. Proprietors, Josef & Lilli who emigrated from Germany, wanted to pass on a little bit of the harvest spirit to the burgeoning Oregon wine industry. Since running a vineyard and winery is a lot hard work, they believed it was important to start the busy “crush” season off with a lighthearted approach. With lively music, local foods and of course, stomping grapes in a barrel. It has grown to stomping in a 1200 gallon Oak barrel that holds the equivalent 3,000 bottles of wine, music imported from Bavaria and house made foods in a casual, relaxed European atmosphere.
In addition to Grapestomping contests held throughout the day, the ‘Original Donaumusikanten’ a great six-piece German Band from Ulm, Bavaria will be performing from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Over 400 lbs of special St Josef’s German sausages & homemade sauerkraut will be served, along with other locally made foods. New vintages and special reserve wines will be available by the glass; plus tours with the winemaker and tastings will be available throughout the day.
From 12-6pm both days. Music from 1-5pm. $10 cover includes souvenir glass. No reservations needed.
NO outside food or beverages.
What time is the event?
Open from Noon – 6pm both days. The band plays from 1-5pm both days.
What is the cost?
$10 per person, which includes a souvenir wine glass.
Are children welcome?
Yes- but please keep in mind it is a winery and festival. Children need to be attended at all times.
Is there food available?
Yes- we have our own recipe sausages with home-made kraut. In addition we have a bistro appetizer plate with fruit & cheese, along with split pork shanks served with lentils.
Do you have other beverages besides wine?
Yes- we have wine, beer, water and non-alcoholic beverages.
Can we bring a picnic?
No outside food or beverages for this weekend.
When do you stomp?
We stomp four times during the day, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4pm.
Do we need to make a reservation to stomp?
No, come on in! We draw names out of a hat from interested people who want to stomp.
Is there ample parking?
Yes, we have parking on both sides of our property.
Is there camper/trailer parking?
What else is going on that day?
The winemakers will be giving tours of the winery 3 times during the day.
There is a special wine tasting station to try our newest releases.
Make new friends by enjoying our European style hospitality.
Enjoy specials on our wines to take home- our best wine sale of the year!