Stomping grapes is a millennia - old tradition, one that that has been continued in a good natured contest at the 2009 Colorado Mountain Wine Fest. Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Reporter Emily Anderson covered the event.
Under the headline, "WineFest A Foot-Stomping Good Time," Anderson wrote:
“Slippery,” “squishy” and “juicy” are the words Barbara Magill and Joanne Peterson used to describe the sensation of stomping gapes.
The pair stepped into wooden buckets filled with green grapes Saturday afternoon during a grape stomping event at the 18th Annual Colorado Mountain Winefest in Palisade. Stompers liquefied grapes to the sound of live accordion polka songs. Some wore Bavarian hats. A few posed for pictures with grape vines stuck between their toes.
When the song stopped, Peterson and Magill washed their feet in plastic water buckets.
“I never thought I’d be stomping grapes in Palisade, Colorado,” said Peterson, a Rhode Island resident visiting Boulder resident Magill. “I tried to look at the mountains the whole time to get the full effect.”
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