Time to stomp grapes like Lucy! The Grape Stomp is a popular October event celebrating the grape harvest in Pahrump. This annual party draws hundreds for food, wine tasting, music, crafts, and the traditional stomping of the grapes. The unincorporated town of Pahrump is the largest community in Nye County. Its about an hour drive from Las Vegas following state Highway 160 over Mountain Springs Pass.
The owners, Bill and Gretchen Lokken, took over the winery in 2003 after falling in love with wine production. They moved from Scottsdale, AZ in 2005 after buying their partners. Since 2004, Pahrump Valley Winery has won over 200 national awards. It produced the state of Nevada’s first commercial red wine in state history in 2005. Admission costs $10 and gates open at 11 am both days of the festival. Stomp teams can enter for $50 a team. The entry fee includes the wine tasting located to the right of the stage area.
Two-person teams compete to crush the greatest amount of juice during two strenuous minutes. One person stomps while the other makes sure the spout is clear for the juice to flow. Teams can trade off positions anytime during their stomp session. Stompers ranged from young to old. Some stompers wore matching shirts or costumes, while others wore hand-made hats of grapes and wine glasses. Winners take medals from each heat, with awards for the best and worst costumed performances.
Behind the entry tent vendors sell hand-made crafts, wood carvings, and animal items for a local dog and cat rescue. This fair is more adult friendly in nature. The only attractions for the kids were face painting, bean bag toss, and the fun of stomping grapes with their feet. Take a ride over the hump to Pahrump and join in the fun of music, crafts, wine tasting, food, and grape stomping.
Pahrump Valley Winery
3810 Winery Road, Pahrump NV 89048
Pahrump Valley Winery Grape Stomp