St. Josef’s Grapestomping Festival

Photo by Budfawcett Photography

Oregon’s Willamette Valley is known for its wine, and September is the perfect time to experience wine country. St. Josef’s Grapestomping Festival in Canby, Oregon, is an entertaining experience sure to enhance your appreciation for wine and the winemaking process. The festival commemorates the beginning of “crush” season, and 2018 is its 36th year. This year it will be held on September 22 and 23.

The festival offers winery tours and tastings, as well as live music and lots of food, including homemade sauerkraut. Feel free to bring the whole family—St. Josef’s provides plenty of nonalcoholic beverages, and people of any age can enjoy the food and music. Of course, the highlight is the grape stomping portion, which happens four times each day. Due to limited space, not every festival attendee is able to stomp, but their random drawing process ensures that everyone has a fair shot.

In addition to partaking in the festivities, you can tour St. Josef’s grounds, which boast goats and alpacas as well as incredible views of the Oregon countryside. If you’re in need of a break, there are plenty of chairs overlooking the onsite pond and the surrounding flowerbeds.

The Grapestomping Festival has something for everyone—and don’t forget to pick up some discounted wine before you leave. To find out more about St. Josef’s, visit their website at stjosefswinery.com. For more Willamette Valley attractions, go to oregonwinecountry.org.