Have you ever wanted to dance barefoot in a tub of grapes? At Lakeridge Winery and Vineyard’s Annual Harvest Grape Stomp you can do just that. As Florida’s largest winery, they celebrate their harvest with a festival that includes live music, wine, cheese tasting and special activities for kids. But the festival’s signature event, grape stomping, lets you add a splash of local color to your Instagram as you join a winemaking tradition that has captured imaginations since Lucille Ball’s comedic routine on the 1950’s television classic I Love Lucy.
Although modern machinery replaced this method long ago, grape stomping continues to be a staple of wine festivals around the world. Stomping on the grapes crushes the fruits, releasing their juices and thus beginning fermentation. Lakeridge Winery and Vineyard’s grape stomping lets you try your hand – and feet – at this fascinating tradition that dates back to antiquity. To get the most out of your stomping experience, follow these three tips:
- Wear the Proper Clothes
With all the squishing and stomping, you’re bound to find yourself covered in grape juice before long. Grapes will stain fabric, so be prepared for a mess. You’ll also want to make sure your clothes don’t impede your stomping technique, so wear something comfortable.
- Keep a Steady Stomping Rhythm
Crushing a vat full of grapes is a fun leg day workout, but it is still no easy task. The best method is to keep a steady rhythm and focus on covering as much surface area as you can. Stomping with both feet is the traditional way but experiment with different techniques to find what works best for you.
- Bring Your Sense of Humor
It’s pretty hard to take yourself seriously when you’re knee deep in half-crushed grapes. Channel your inner Lucille Ball and have fun with it! Just be sure to hold on to the guard rails to keep your balance and refrain from getting into grape tossing feuds with your neighbor as those are generally frowned upon.
After smashing grapes and sipping samples of wine all day, you’ll want to relax and unwind. Clean up and rest your tired feet at Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, conveniently located on International Drive near Interstate 4. Wash the grape remnants off your clothes in our on-site coin laundry, then enjoy a leisurely dinner at the Plaza Garden Restaurant in the lobby. Grape harvest time will be here before you know it so reserve your room today by calling 407-996-8585.