Morgan Creek Winery hosts annual Grape Stomp event

HARPERSVILLE – Loyal visitors to Morgan Creek Winery for the annual Grape Stomp event on Saturday, Sept. 16, were treated to some new wine offerings this year.

In addition to the actual grape stomping, where guests get their feet dirty and create keepsakes to take home, the event includes wine tasting and wine sales.

Charles K. Brammer with the winery said cabernet sauvignon, pinot grigio, merlot, rose´and chardonnay were additions this year for visitors to try and purchase.

“Most of our wines we cater to the sweet tea and Coca-Cola drinker, but with these we’re catering to the more traditional wine drinkers,” Brammer said.

Morgan Creek Winery is known for its muscadine and fruit wines.

The band Bonus Round performed at the event throughout the day.

Food from Natch’s Barbecue of Childersburg was sold at the Grape Stomp, as were baked goods from Harpersville United Methodist Church.

The price of admission included grape stomping, wine sampling, tours of the winery and the chance to watch the event’s climax: a Lucy Look-Alike contest, where people dress up like the star of “I Love Lucy” and stomp grapes in front of the crowd.

Guests also had the opportunity to see the winery’s harvester machine in action.

Though the Grape Stomp is always held during harvesting season—the week before the event, about 100 tons of fruit was harvested—the machine is not always demonstrated because it is only needed a couple of times a year, Brammer said.

Sisters Bonnie Downs and Janice Thrash of Calera were two of the attendees who had already experienced the event, as a group of sisters were attending for the fourth year.

Their favorite part of the Grape Stomp is the live music and spending time with each other, they said.

“We just enjoy the time with our sisters,” Thrash said.

Downs added that though she was not participating in the Lucy Look-Alike contest this year, she had a strong showing the year she did compete.

“I came in second place that first year, but that was enough for me,” Downs said.

Visit ShelbyCountyPhotos.com to view and purchase photos from the event.