The Great Grape Stomp at Conn Creek Winery
If you are looking for one of the BEST Napa Valley things to do then you’ve found it! Grape stomping at Conn Creek Winery is probably one of (if not THE) best Napa Valley things to do! But, this Grape stomping event at Conn Creek Winery only happens once a year and is limited to only a small number of people… which also makes it extremely exclusive too!
The Great Grape Stomp event is one of the best Napa Valley things to do, but surprisingly Conn Creek winery is the ONLY location where it is open to the public in the entire Napa Valley – there is one more, but you have to be a member to participate in their grape stomping.
The two-hour grape stomping event included three barrels to stomp the grapes in and lots of opportunities for photos and video footage, a lovely buffet with a variety of meats, cheeses and deserts – perfect to go with a variety of Conn Creek’s delicious wines you, of course, get to experience during the event too! They hold one in the morning (from 10:30 – 12:30) and the other in the afternoon from 1:30 – 3:30.
As one grape stomping lady mentioned during my interview with her, it’s a once in a lifetime experience… but, having experienced it myself, I think it’s something I’ll definitely want to do again!
Conn Creek Winery
Conn Creek winery is located in St. Helena, about a 20 minute drive north from the City of Napa on the renowned Silverado Trail. Specializing in cabernet sauvignon, their wines are truly some of the most complex and distinct you’ll find in the whole Valley!
Conn Creek was founded in 1973 and immediately established itself as one of Napa Valley’s premier Cabernet houses with the release of its 1974 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Since then Conn Creek offers ten diffferent Cabernet Sauvignon wines, some of which are from their flagship label, Anthology.
The energy-efficient facility was perhaps the first “green” winery building in Napa Valley and includes 12”-thick walls made of Styrofoam, steel mesh, gunite and a total of 20,000 corks.
The name of the winery comes from its location, next to Conn Creek in the Rutherford district. More than forty years after its founding, Conn Creek is still focused on crafting the highest quality Cabernet Sauvignon. Conn Creek‘s expertise is derived from its unique sourcing, as one of the only wineries to source Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from nearly all of the Napa Valley’s distinct appellations.
Conn Creek also produces, in very limited quantities, single appellation Cabernet Sauvignons as part of our AVA Series, choosing the standout appellations of each vintage. In the Napa Valley Series, an approachable Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as other limited-release varietals, round out the portfolio.
Award Winning Barrel Blending Experience®
Conn Creek has received international acclaim for its one-of-a-kind education intensive Barrel Blending Experience®. Guests are invited to taste Cabernet Sauvignon from nearly all of Napa Valley’s appellations, from Calistoga to Carneros, before becoming “winemaker for a day” and blending their own bottle to take home. The Barrel Blending Experience® is the first stop for any Napa visitor, whether novice or aficionado, providing an immersive tasting experience that will inform the remainder of any visit to the Valley.
If you would like more information about the grape stomping event at Conn Creek winery, you can reach them at (707) 963-9100 every day from 10 am – 4 pm or visit their website at https://www.conncreek.com.
What’s a Grape Stomp without Lucy?!
Of course, there HAD to be a celebrity there to show everyone how grape stomping is done, and Lucille Ball was the perfect person for the job! Lucy was performed by Camille Larrea, a celebrity impersonator for over twenty years – performing celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Joan Rivers, Cher, Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Carmen Miranda, Lucille Ball, Charo, Norma Desmond, Elvira, Dolly Parton, Sarah Palin, and many more!
If you are looking for a celebrity performer for your next event, feel free to give Camille a call at (925) 353-0289 or visit https://www.celebrityacts.com.
The Best Napa Valley Things To Do!
September is probably the best month of the entire year to visit Napa, with the kids being back in school, the warm weather and the leaves just starting to turn color… the scenery is even more breathtaking than usual! So, if you decide to come to Napa during this month, make sure to check in with Conn Creek and plan your trip around their next Great Grape Stomp event – you won’t be disappointed!