August 30, 2011 (Julian) -- Every September, the Julian Chamber of Commerce celebrates the harvest of the town’s grapes with a real, Old World-style grape stomp and festa at the Menghini Winery September 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. This grape stomp provides two barrels for stomping--one for adults and one for children.
Tons of grapes are blessed then poured into the barrels. The atmosphere is created with Italian music by Roman Holiday, dancing, Bocci Ball competitions, stomping, and wine tasting.
Other attractions include a Jumbo Jump for the kids and a variety of food and crafts for sale. Situated in rolling hills covered with vineyards and apple orchards, the Menghini Winery offers an ideal setting for the Festa.
Admission costs $10 for adults 21 and over (includes a commemorative wine glass), $5 for ages 20 to 6, and is free for ages 5 and under.
The Grape Stomp Festa is a Julian Chamber of Commerce fund raiser and has been for the last fifteen years. The festa draws approximately 2000 people each year. Proceeds from the event pays for marketing the town, cleaning the streets, maintaining the public restrooms and funding historic preservation projects and events.
This year's sponsors are: San Diego Gas & Electric, Proflame of Santa Ysabel, Viejas Casino, Santa Ysabel Indian Mission, Julian Disposal, Julian News, Julian Yesteryears, Seidl's Party Supplies, Descanso Rock Cabin Rental, Romano's Italian Restaurant, Shadow Mountain Vineyards, Pinezanita Trailer Ranch and Cabins, The Julian Lodge, Arlan Knutson Insurance Agency, Butterfield Bed & Breakfast, Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce, Julian Grille and Rabobank.
The historic mountain village of Julian is situated at an elevation of 4200 feet; visitors can experience the four seasons in picture postcard splendor, only about 1 hour from San Diego. Visitors wishing to extend their stay, or find information about dining, shopping, lodging, or attractions are encouraged to call the Julian Chamber of Commerce at 760 765-1857.
Menghini Winery is located at 1150 Julian Orchards Drive in Julian. For details on the winery and directions, see http://www.menghiniwinery.com/