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Harvest Happenings 2003: East Coast and Elsewhere


Posted: September 8, 2003

A happy stomper displays her purple-stained feet at the Biltmore Estate Winery.
Harvest Happenings 2003
 
West Coast Events:
 
California
 
Pacific Northwest
 
British Columbia
 
  East Coast Events:  
 
New York
 
Ontario
 
Texas
 
Virginia
 
Elsewhere
 

Wineries on the East Coast and elsewhere in the United States are often fewer and farther between than their West Coast cousins, but many still celebrate the harvest with festivals and special events. The festivities may be smaller and less lavish than those in California's well-established wine regions, but preserve a strong local flavor.

The following is a sampling of events in New York, Texas and Virginia, along with a smattering of celebrations from around the rest of the United States and Canada.

NEW YORK -- FINGER LAKES

Wineries

CAYUGA RIDGE WINERY
6800 Route 89, Ovid.
Telephone (800) 598-9463
Web site
www.cayugaridgewinery.com
Experience the Crush lets you see the winemaking process firsthand and taste the freshly pressed juice from this Cayuga Lake estate. The Oct. 4 tour and demonstration of harvesting equipment begins at 2:30 p.m. Free admission.

SHELDRAKE POINT VINEYARDS
7448 County Road 153, Ovid.
Telephone (866) 743-5372
Web site www.sheldrakepoint.com
Nestled against Cayuga Lake, Sheldrake Point provides a great vantage point for the fall foliage, especially while on a horse-drawn carriage ride. The annual harvest festival, on Sept. 28, also features vineyard and winery tours, a barbecue, live animals, barrel samples and grape tastings for adults and cider pressing for the kids. Hours are noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.

RED NEWT CELLARS
3675 Tichenor Road, Hector
Telephone (607) 546-4100
Web site www.rednewt.com
At this Seneca Lake winery's Harvest Winemakers Dinner on Oct. 17, five courses of chef Debra Whiting's regional cuisine will be paired with winemaker David Whiting's wines. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Fee is $75 per person. Reservations required.

NEW YORK -- LONG ISLAND

Wineries

GALLUCCIO FAMILY WINERIES
24385 Main Road, Cutchogue
Telephone (631) 734-7089
Web site www.gristinawines.com
The fourth annual Harvest Party Pig Roast, Oct. 18, is a bacchic feast with live music and entertainment, tastings, and lots and lots of pork. Hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is $18 for adults and $9 for kids over 12. Reservations recommended.

PAUMANOK VINEYARDS
1074 Main Road (Route 25), Aquebogue
Telephone (631) 722-8800
Web site www.paumanok.com
At the annual harvest festival Oct. 18 and 19, take a hayride tour through the 77-acre North Fork estate, or enjoy live music, tastings and co-owner Ursula Massaud's onion tarts. Hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and the fee is $5.

PALMER VINEYARDS
3675 Tichenor Road, Hector
Telephone (631) 722-9463
Web site www.palmervineyards.com
On weekends from Sept. 13 to Oct. 26, this North Fork winery offers free hayrides with a purchase of wine or Kool-Aid (for kids and teetotalers), plus live bluegrass music from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sound Ave., Aquebogue.

WÖLFFER ESTATE VINEYARDS & STABLES
139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack
Telephone (631) 537-5106
Web site www.wolffer.com
Experience the Hamptons' best during the Oct. 13 annual harvest party, with grape picking, stomps, music, dancing, games, food and wine. Reservations required. Hours are 2 p.m. to 5p.m., admission is $75, and reservations are required.

NIAGARA PENINSULA -- ONTARIO, CANADA

Wineries

INNISKILLIN WINERY
S.R. #66, R.R. #1, Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Telephone (905) 468-2187
Web site
www.inniskillin.com
At the Vine to Wine Tasting on Sept. 20 and 27, sample freshly harvested Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes along with the corresponding wines from one of the region's best-known producers. There's also a cheese pairing. Hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; the fee is $5. Self-guided and group tours are available every day.

KONZELMANN ESTATE WINERY
1096 Lakeshore Road, R.R. #3, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Telephone (905) 935-2866
Web site www.konzelmannwines.com
At Harvestfest 2003, on Sept. 27, this Lake Ontario-side winery offers authentic German Oktoberfest sausage paired with wines from Konzelmann's 2002 vintage. Public tours are available for $2; private tours are available with a reservation. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, and $4 for kids.

Events

THE NIAGARA GRAPE & WINE FESTIVAL
Various locations
Telephone (905) 668-0212
Web site www.grapeandwine.com
For 52 years, this festival has been celebrating the wines of the Niagara Peninsula with a host of events, including winery tours, tastings, stomps, seminars, concerts and parades. The festival runs from Sept. 12 to 28; locations, times and fees vary.

NIAGARA ICEWINE FESTIVAL
Various locations
Telephone (905) 668-0212
Web site www.grapeandwine.com
The vineyards may be covered with snow, but don't let that stop you from enjoying the fruits of the winter's icewine harvest, from Jan. 16 to 25, 2004. Events include tours, tastings and seminars all focusing on icewine. Locations and times vary; the fee is $20.

TEXAS

Wineries

LLANO ESTACADO WINERY
3.2 miles east of U.S. Highway 87 on FM 1585, Lubbock
Telephone (806) 745-2258
Web site
www.llanowine.com
The 10th annual Grape Day, on Oct. 18, includes tastings, self-guided tours, music, food and winemaking seminars. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fee is $2.

Events

TEXAS WINE TRAIL
Various locations
Telephone (830) 868-2321
Web site www.texaswinetrail.com
During the month of October, 13 Texas wineries -- including Becker Vineyards, Texas Hills Vineyard and Fall Creek Vineyards -- will host a passport event offering tours, tastings, music and prizes. The event kicks off on Oct. 4. Tickets are $20, and reservations are recommended.

17TH ANNUAL GRAPEFEST -- GRAPEVINE, TEXAS
Various locations
Telephone (800) 457-6338
Web site www.grapevinetexasusa.com
Four days of fun -- Sept. 11 to 14 -- at the largest wine festival in the Southwest includes a consumer-judged competition among wines from 24 Texas producers, samplings of wines from the Southwest and from around the world, a grape stomp, a black-tie gala dinner, a live auction, a craft show, train rides, a carnival, live music and more. Festivities are located in Grapevine's Historic Main Street District. Admission free from 11 a.m. on Thursday to 5 p.m., on Friday, and $6 after 5 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Weekend pass is $10.

VIRGINIA

Wineries

BARBOURSVILLE VINEYARDS
17655 Winery Road, Barboursville
Telephone (540) 832-3824
Web site
www.barboursvillewine.com
Sample 2003 wines from the barrel, take a hayride and relax with some live music and food at the Autumn Explosion and Tasting on Oct. 4 to 5. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5.

JEFFERSON VINEYARDS
1353 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville
Telephone (800) 272-3042
Web site www.jeffersonvineyards.com
Enjoy a pig roast at the Sept. 13 Harvest Feast near the site of Thomas Jefferson's original vineyards. Take a tour, listen to live music, and sample Jefferson's wines. Admission is $22 per person ($10 for children 12 and under), and reservations are required. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a buffet served from noon to 3 p.m.

TARARA VINEYARD
13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg
Telephone (703) 771-7100
Web site www.tarara.com
Celebrate harvest on Sept. 13 to 14 at the Great Grape and Wine Festival, which includes hayrides, tastings, food and live music. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for those under 21, and free for children under 6. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

VALHALLA VINEYARDS
6500 Mt. Chestnut Road, Roanoke
Telephone (540) 725-9463
Web site www.valhallawines.com
Purple toes are happy toes at the annual Big Stomp on Oct. 25. Squish away in the 8-foot vat, take a tour and sample some of Valhalla's wines. Hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Stomp is free; $2 to taste and tour.

ELSEWHERE AROUND THE UNITED STATES

IDAHO

Wineries

STE. CHAPELLE WINERY
19348 Lowell Road, Caldwell
Telephone (208) 453-7830
Web site
www.stechapelle.com
Do you love Lucy? Then dress like her, Ethel or Bacchus and stomp your heart out on the grapes for prizes at Ste. Chapelle's Harvest Festival on Oct. 5, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission.

ILLINOIS

Events

BIN 36 AND CHICAGO MAGAZINE'S HARVEST FESTIVAL 2003
Two locations: 275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire
339 North Dearborn, Chicago

Telephone (847) 808-9463; (312)-755-9463
Web site www.bin36.com
Practice your hand at winemaking on Sept. 14, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Bin 36 restaurant's two locations when you blend your own wine using juice from Beckmen Vineyards. Experts will assist you in the mixing process, and you can even order a case or two of your signature blend. Bin 36's chefs will pair the event with food. Fee is $36, reservations required.

MICHIGAN

Events

LEELANAU PENINSULA VINTNERS
Ciccone Vineyard, 10343 East Hilltop Road, Suttons Bay
Telephone (231) 938-1811
Web site www.lpwines.com
The annual Harvest Stompede on Sept. 13 includes a 5K or 15K run/walk through the area's vineyards, along with a wine tasting. You can opt out of the exercise and pick the tour -- a more leisurely stroll through the participating vineyards. Fees are $18 for the run/walk, $35 with a tasting, $20 for the walking tour/tasting. Registration for the race is required. Race begins at 9:30 a.m. at Ciccone Vineyard. Tastings are from noon to 6 p.m. on Sept. 13 and noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. 14 at all participating wineries.

NORTH CAROLINA

Wineries

BILTMORE ESTATE WINERY
One Approach Road, Asheville
Telephone (800) 323-6822
Web site www.biltmore.com
Stomp grapes to the beat of live jazz ensembles, tour George Vanderbilt's impressive mansion, attend tasting-and-pairing seminars, watch a cooking demonstration or take a bike tour of the vineyards. Harvest events run weekends, Sept. 27 to Oct. 26, and are included in the price of the estate visit ($36 for adults, $18 for children).

SHELTON VINEYARDS
286 Cabernet Lane, Dobson
Telephone (336) 366-4724
Web site www.sheltonvineyards.com
Pick your own grapes and enjoy the fruits of your labor (13 to 18 months later) when the vineyard ships you a bottle of wine from your harvest. Upcoming dates are Sept. 13 and 20; fee is $50 and reservations are required.

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