66°F
weather icon Clear

Annual Grape Stomp returns to Pahrump Valley Winery

“The idea of the Grape Stomp is to stomp as much juice as possible out of those grapes. It’s a great way to celebrate the harvest and to taste some good wine.”

Those are the words of Pahrump Valley Winery owner Bill Loken, regarding this weekend’s annual Grape Stomp on Oct. 6-7.

The winery is at 3810 Winery Road, off of South Highway 160.

Gates open at 11 a.m.

“The Grape Stomp has become a traditional fall celebration in Pahrump,” Loken said. “The stomping of the grapes starts in the afternoon around 1 p.m, and you must sign up for the grape stomping in advance. There is usually seven two-person teams stomping every 15 minutes for a four-hour period. It takes a lot of energy to stomp just a couple of minutes.”

Loken also noted that the grape stomp has rapidly become a symbol each year to local residents that fall has arrived.

Loken, along with his wife Gretchen, continued the rite of fall tradition back in 2003, after purchasing the winery.

Its roots date back to 1990.

“We only attracted about a couple hundred locals at the time,” he said. “Now, the tradition has grown over the years and attracts over 3,000 to 4,000 visitors from all over the region. While at the festival, visitors will find craft booths, food, and live music and wine tasting. We love dogs, but we think Lassie will be more comfortable at home, so please, service dogs only.”

Additionally, Loken noted that attendees can enjoy the park-like atmosphere, beautiful trees and fall weather as they sit and enjoy a glass of refreshing wine.

“People wanting to taste the different wines will be able to sample a variety of brands,” he said. “We expect to sell well over 250 cases of wine during the celebration. General admission is $10, for those who are stomping in the event. Parking is free.”

Contact reporter Selwyn Harris at sharris@pvtimes.com, on Twitter: @pvtimes

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Nevada ranches, farms can gain recognition

Farms and ranches in operation for 100 years or longer can apply for the Nevada Centennial Awards, the state announced.

California Lottery

No one matched all five numbers and the mega number in the Saturday, Sept.14 drawing of the California Super Lotto. The next jackpot will be at least $11 million.

‘Storm Area 51’ traffic: Come in peace and come prepared

The Area 51 Basecamp event in Hiko and Alienstock in Rachel are expected to drum up traffic congestion, causing drivers long waits in their vehicles in mainly rural areas.

IRS provides details on tax withholding estimator tool

The Internal Revenue Service said that a new tax withholding estimator tool includes a feature designed to make it easier for employees who also receive self-employment income to accurately estimate the right amount of tax to have taken out of their pay.

Beatty’s Spicer Ranch hosts first cyclocross event

A new style of bicycle racing came to Beatty’s Spicer Ranch Sept. 14-15. Cyclocross is actually a type of competition that is popular in Europe but is relatively unknown in much of the U.S. It has gained popularity in the East and has begun to get a foothold in the West.