Ways to Celebrate the 2017 Grape Harvest in Fredericksburg JUL 27 2017
Almost any occasion is reason for celebration in Fredericksburg. Each summer our focus shifts from peaches to grape harvest season – and grape harvest celebrations! Here are five fun ways to celebrate the grape harvest season in Fredericksburg:
- Grape Stomps- Kick off your shoes and stomp grapes the old-fashioned way at any of the annual grape stomps in the Fredericksburg area. Stomp grapes “I Love Lucy”-style at Becker Vineyards, relax on the deck with a glass of viognier after stomping grapes at Pedernales Cellars or enjoy laid-back live music and grape stomping at Chisholm Trail Winery. Get tips on grape stomping like a pro and a full lineup of upcoming food and wine events here.
- Festivals- Enjoy a full-on celebration of the harvest season while picking grapes, grape stomping and of course, enjoying Texas wine at the Messina Hof Hill Country Harvest Festivals on Friday and Saturday, August 25 and 26. Then in October, we’ve got more than just Oktoberfest– the 8th annual Knights of Columbus Bestfest will be held on Saturday, October 21 and then the 26th Annual Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest will take place on Saturday, October 28. Check out the full lineup of major festivals and events here.
- Take a Wine Tour- Leave the driving, logistics and planning to the pros and book a wine tour with stops at any of the more than 45 wineries in the Fredericksburg area. With just one call you can have an experienced wine tour company planning your winery adventure. Want something custom? Just ask! Many of the wine tour companies in Fredericksburg offer custom wine tours – allowing you to select wineries, restaurants and extra stops along the way. Insider tip: Book early and don’t forget to buy a few bottles (or cases) of your favorite Texas wines to enjoy when you’re back home.
- Fredericksburg Wine Road 290- Taste Texas wine varietals and experience a variety of tasting rooms along Fredericksburg Wine Road 290, which includes 15 local wineries. Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 is a self-guided route, meaning you can visit any participating winery during normal business hours, pay tasting fees at the wineries you choose to visit – and no reservations are required. Don’t miss Wine Road 290’s “Kiolbassa and Kabernet” celebration on Friday, September 29, when local chefs and restaurants prepare Kiolbassa sausage dishes paired with local wines.
- Take a Midweek Wine Country Getaway- Spend a few days in Fredericksburg during the week when crowds are smaller. You’ll have more time to taste wine and ask questions, and have more flexibility with wine tour companies and lodging. What better way to celebrate grape harvest season than by drinking Texas wine and relaxing in Fredericksburg, Texas?
Remember, follow the law and always have a designated driver. Friendly shuttle operators, tour companies, cabs or a ride share company (MyRideTX) would be happy to drive you to and from your destinations. And share your photos with us on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #fbgtx!