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24th annual Oregon Grape Stomp Championship and Harvest Celebration

Get ready for the 24th annual Oregon Grape Stomp Championship and Harvest Celebration on Saturday and Sunday, September 20th and 21st from 11 am - 6 pm at Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Vineyard.

This most anticipated event of the year attracts visitors from all over the country to come compete, in teams of two (Stomper & Swabbie), for the title and earn a trip to Santa Rosa, California for the World Championship Grape Stomp.

Here are some things to look forward to this year:

• Enjoy live music by The Flextones each day from 12-5 pm.

• WVV Founder, Jim Bernau will be competing with Mrs. Oregon on Sunday at 3:30 pm.

• Get in the spirit! Come dressed up in costumes or team uniforms. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed.

• Kids are invited to participate Kids Stomp daily at 3 pm for just $5.

• Food pairings from our Winery Chef will be available for purchase.

Admission is $10 and includes wine tasting and live music (Riedel glassware not included). Upgrade to the Cellar Pass for $5 (complimentary to WVV Wine Club Members) to taste exclusive futures wines. There is also a $10 fee per team to stomp.

Please call 1-800-344-9463 for more information or to reserve your stomping time. There will be a few walk-in spots available on the day of the event on a first come, first serve basis.

Please join in and celebrate the beginning of the 2014 harvest.

About Willamette Valley Vineyards Founder:

Founder, Jim Bernau, purchased the Estate site in 1983 and cleared away the old pioneer plum orchard hidden in scotch broom and blackberry vines. He planted Pinot Noir (Pommard and Wadenswil clones), Chardonnay (Dijon and Espiguette) and Pinot Gris. In the beginning he hand watered the vines with thousands of feet of hose.

Numerous classes at UC Davis, and seminars from here to France, sharpened Jim’s viticultural skills and in 1989 he was ready to build his dream--a world class winery in the Willamette Valley—and make cool-climate varietals, especially Pinot Noir, in sufficient quantities to be served and sold in the best restaurants and bottle shops in the world.

A combination of determination and extraordinary people has brought Willamette Valley Vineyards from an idea to one of the region's leading wineries, earning the title "One of America's Great Pinot Noir Producers," from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

The winery and underground cellar are carved into the top of an ancient volcanic flow, the soil red from its oxidized iron content and well-drained. This unique terroir is similar to the red clay soil found in the Grand Cru Pinot Noir vineyards of Romaneé-st-Vivant in Burgundy, where the "soil gives France's most perfumed, satiny, expensive wine" (Hugh Johnson, World Atlas of Wine).

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