HAVE you ever wanted to get in amongst the grapes and take part in a stomping?
Well now you have your chance.
The Crooked River Winery at Gerringong is staging its annual stomping of the grapes.
The stomping starts this weekend and will continue for the next two weekends.
It is a fantastic opportunity to get among the grape juices and have some serious family fun and all the while raise money for the Westmead Children’s Hospital.
The 126 acre property, of which a third is under vines, is owned by the Jackson family which has staged the annual stomping for the past 10 years.
“It’s just something fun we put on for our customers,” said Catherine Archer.
“We are picking this year’s harvest at the moment and the stomping starts this weekend.
“People love it. I think they see it on the movies and think it looks fun and it is.
“I think everyone wants to try it at some time.
“The kids in particular enjoy it, they love all the squishing and squashing under their feet.”
Cost to take part is just $10 for adults and $5 for children and all proceeds raised will go to Westmead Children’s Hospital and Bear Cottage.
“Staff from Westmead will also be on site during the weekends selling the tickets and staging raffles to raise further funds,” Ms Archer said.
“You don’t have to book to take part in the stomping just turn up between noon and 2pm either Saturday or Sunday.
“And while you are there why not make a day of it and enjoy some wine tasting and lunch, however bookings are essential for lunch.”
Crooked River Winery is located on the corner of the Princes Highway and Willow Vale Road at Gerringong and produces 40 different varieties of table wines as well as four ports, Verdelho Gold, Pink Port, Chocolate Port and the newly released Strawberry Port.
And just for the record, the juices produced following the stompings are not used in wine manufacturing.