By Miriam Raftery
November 3, 2014 (Jamul) – Pirates, wenches and other costumed guests jumped into action at the Fair Oaks Vineyard Grape Stomp last month. Stephanie Young brought her crew from the Manor Vineyard to savor the festivities, as this video from the grape stomping competition shows.
Fair Oaks Vineyard is located on the boundary of Jamul and Spring Valley in San Diego’s East County. Owner Jen Spreckman moved a 1930s bungalow home from Banker’s Hill to the site, reviving rundown vines with help from vineyard consultant Greg Maness.
The grape stomp is all in good fun, with teams competing for prizes –though health laws prohibit drinking any of the grapes used in the stomp. Guests did, however, have an opportunity to sample wines produced from Fair Oaks Vineyard grapes, all while meeting new friends and renewing old friendships with vintners and residents from across East County.