From noon to 4 p.m., the winery will host its largest and most exciting event, the Grape Stomp. The day will also feature apple bobbing, live entertainment by the Buckner Brothers, local food by J Lockhart Bar-b-que, craft ven-dors, hay rides, souvenir wine glasses and wine tasting.
Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $7 at the winery or at the door for $10. Admission is free for kids under 12.
For centuries, grapes were handpicked and placed into a large vat where people climbed in and crushed the grapes with their bare feet. This method of extracting juice from the grape, called grape stomping, is the original form of winemaking and can be traced back to Rome in 200 B.C.
Although this method is not used present day, the Georgia Winery offers this “old-fashioned” experience for the community. The first Grape Stomp was held in 1983 at the Georgia Winery Vineyard and has been a growing and widely anticipated event over the past 28 years.
Founded in 1983, Georgia Winery is Georgia’s first farm winery. Specializing in muscadine wine, Georgia Winery has perfected its process in producing wines that taste just like “eating the fruit straight off the vine.”
Georgia Winery has competed in numerous wine competitions, competing with various wines from all over the world and taking home more than 200 medals, including “Best in Class,” “Double Gold,” “Best of Show,” and “Con-cordance Gold.”
The winery offers free tastes of its award-winning wines, plus a variety of merchandise in its gift shop. Tours are held on Saturdays at 2 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
Georgia Winery Grape Stomp
Oct 1 from noon to 4 p.m.
Interstate 75, exit 350
6469 Battlefield Parkway, Ringgold, Ga.