Maragas Winery Grape Stomp: Old World Traditions for New Wine Crowd
Maragas Winery is truly a family undertaking. Owner Doug Maragas learned the craft from his parents who learned it their parents in Greece. And he hopes his 8-year-old daughter one day takes over the operation near Terrebonne.
So while you need to be of age to enjoy their wines, many of the events Maragas hosts during the year are family-focused. None moreso than the fall grape stomp event that celebrates the season’s bountiful harvest. Held every September, the stomp is an all-day festival featuring good food, great wine and fun activities on the winery’s sprawling farm just off Highway 97 outside Redmond. The 2018 stomp happens on Saturday Sept. 15th from 12 to 5 p.m.
The highlight, of course, is the stomp, captured in the video above by our friend Jon Olson with NextStop.TV. Take off your shoes and socks, roll up your pants and climb on in the vat of grapes. Tootsie, the wine made annually with the publicly-stomped grapes, has medaled in the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
For the competition-lovers out there, Maragas also turns a separate grape stomp into a contest that this writer will attest is much more tiring than it sounds. Doug charges $5 for entry, but it’s donated to a local charity every year. It’s great fun. (The grape stomp competition is an adult-only affair, but Doug was kind enough to allow my son to join me for the event last summer.)
Throw in some live music, a blind wine tasting competition, yummy food and more and the Maragas wine stomping event every year is a blast for everyone.
For more on Maragas Winery and their role in the Central Oregon wine scene, check out this video. They’re also a big proponent of Central Oregon’s growing farm-to-table culinary movement. You can read about that here.