Grape Stomping in the Hunter Valley is an experience enjoyed by thousands of people every year. Feeling the squishing of grapes between your bare toes can be a barrel of fun.
The ancient art of grape stomping is believed to have started back in 200BC with the Romans grape stomping their way into history.
Opportunities for grape stomping are available all year round.
Grape stomping is part of a method of maceration which is used in traditional winemaking. Instead of using a wine press or other mechanized methods, grapes were crushed by having barefoot participants repeatedly stomp on them in vats to release their juices and begin fermentation.
In the winemaking process, the method of maceration is where the phenolic materials of the grape, being the tannins, coloring agents (anthocyanins) and flavor compounds, are leached from the grape skins, seeds and stems into the must.