GUESTS KICKED UP THEIR HEELS AT CAMPO CREEK VINEYARDS' PICKNG AND STOMPING PARTY

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By Miriam Raftery

 

September 20, 2019 (Campo) – Guests kicked up their heels in more ways than one at the Campo Creek Vineyards first-ever Grape Picking and Stomping Party on September 7th

Wine club members and other visitors first got a taste of what it’s like to pick grapes, getting tips on harvesting ripe Pinot Noir grapes on the vines. 

Located on a cattle ranch that dates back to 1888,  the vineyard now has 10,000 vines and the winery produces hand-crafted wines, many with labels featuring cattle, cowboys and ranching themes.

Next came a delicious barbecue with tri-tip and chicken prepared by Hefty Barbecue inside a comfortably cool tasting room, where several vintages were also available for tastings.  My personal favorite?  Pacific Crest, a red blend named for the Mexico-to-Canada trail that passes nearby the property – also a popular favorite of hikers who often stop by.

The event also included prize drawings, music provided by a DJ , a hay ride, plus video showing the vintage “I Love Lucy” grape stomping episode – all to put guests in the mood for the grand finale: squishing grapes beneath their feet in group grape stomps.

The event marks a great addition to fall festivities in East County’s rural background along State Route 94, San Diego’s newest burgeoning wine-producing region.

You can visit their winery in Campo, or try out their wines at their new tasting room in Poway.  For more information on both, visit https://www.campocreekvineyards.com/.

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