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2021 Grape stomps in the Texas Hill Country

It’s harvest time in the Texas Hill Country, and so the winemaking begins. Grape stomping, or pigeage (pronounced peej-AHJE), which means "punching down," was once a key component in the winemaking process. Since the introduction of modern machinery, this traditional method of maceration with bare feet is now done primarily for entertainment and photo ops.

Should you want to get your feet “wet,” here are several area vineyards and wineries hosting grape stomps this season. Most require reservations.

Barons Creek Vineyards

Aug. 6-8

5865 U.S. 290 East, Fredericksburg; 830-304-3000 (pre-purchase tickets)

290 Wine Castle Chateau de Chasse

Aug. 14-15 and 21-22

101 Durango, Johnson City; 512-790-2654

Hye Meadow Winery

Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28

10257 U.S. 290 West, Hye; 830-308-8551 (pre-purchase tickets)

Messina Hof Winery-Hill Country

Harvest Festival with grape stomps

Sunset Festival on Sept. 3; Daytime Festival on Sept. 4

9996 U.S. 290 East, Fredericksburg; 830-990-4653 (pre-purchase tickets)

Pedernales Cellars

Sept. 4-5

2916 Upper Albert Road, Stonewall; 830-644-2037 (pre-purchase tickets)

Texas Heritage Vineyard

Aug. 7

3245 U.S. 290 East, Fredericksburg; 830-992-3323 (pre-purchase tickets)

Texas Wine Collective (McPherson Cellars/Lost Oak Winery/Brennan Vineyards)

Grape Stomp and Paella Party on Aug. 14

10354 U.S. 290 East, Fredericksburg; 830-997-7470 (pre-purchase tickets)

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